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Kentucky Derby event features live stream of race, raises funds for Good News Clinics
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Liz Coates, executive director of Good News Clinics, and Brad Baucom, vice president of the Good News Clinics’ Board of Directors, dress to impress during last year’s Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser. Good News Clinics will hold its third-annual Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser on Saturday, May 4 at the Gainesville Civic Center. (Courtesy Good News Clinics)

Elaborate hats and snazzy bow ties will dominate the Gainesville Civic Center during Good News Clinics’ third annual Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser Saturday, May 4.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the nonprofit invites the public to support its mission of providing free dental and medical care to Hall County residents in need.

“To me, it’s obviously going to be really wonderful and a fun way to help a tremendous amount of people,” Liz Coates, Good News Clinics’ executive director, said. “We serve 3,500 patients every year, and we need the community’s help in order to do that.”

Kentucky Derby Party

What: Good News Clinics fundraiser

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4

How much: $75

More info: Liz Coates, lcoates@goodnewsclinics.org or 770-297-5040, ext. 320

Tickets cost $75 and include a buffet dinner by Gainesville restaurant, 2 Dog, and two beverages. 

The event will provide a live stream of the 2019 Kentucky Derby race, a selfie station, silent auction and cash bar. Some of the donated auction items include Fox Theater tickets to “Cats” and a Kentucky bourbon basket. 

Coates said a band will perform, welcoming attendees to dance. 

Last year Good News Clinics raised around $30,000 during the event. This year Coates said she hopes to surpass that number. 

To treat one congestive heart failure patient at Good News Clinics per year, Coates said it costs the nonprofit $615. The organization has 200 of those patients. 

Good News Clinics spends $250 each for 600 hypertension patients every year.

“This year is actually on the day of the Kentucky Derby,” Coates said. “We want to set a new tradition and set the bar. We hope the community will come out and make it.”

While people aren’t required to don Kentucky Derby attire, Coates said she encourages it. Those who dress to impress will receive the chance to win prizes for the event’s Kentucky Derby wear competition. 

Tickets can be purchased at www.goodnewsclinics.org/donate. For more information about the fundraiser, contact Coates at lcoates@goodnewsclinics.org or 770-297-5040, ext. 320.

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