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Porter to host Derby Day fun

MIDDLEBURY — If your upcoming travel plans do not include a visit to the infield at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, then plan to come to Cornwall on Saturday afternoon, May 7, for the annual “Kentucky Derby Day Benefit” sponsored by the Porter Medical Center Auxiliary. The event is open to the general public and all are encouraged to participate in this unique and enjoyable benefit hosted by Sue and Bruce Byers in Cornwall.
As always, guests will be able to wager on their favorite horse — and then cheer on the winner during a live broadcast of the “Run for the Roses” at approximately 6:30 p.m. According to Auxiliary President Jan Bark, this year the Auxiliary has invited local businesses and individuals to participate as sponsors to assist the Auxiliary in covering the expenses associated with the event.
“We want to express a special thanks to our sponsors: Two Brothers Tavern, Otter Creek Brewing and Woodchuck Hard Cider Co.; Mackey Insurance; J.P. Carrara and Sons; and two very generous anonymous donors,” she said. “We also want to thank the Waybury Inn for their generous underwriting of a portion of our expenses and their outstanding service during the event.”
Proceeds from this event will be donated by the PMC Auxiliary to support a project at either Porter Hospital or Helen Porter. “Over the past 30 years, the Auxiliary has donated nearly $1 million in support of Porter Medical Center,” said PMC Board Chair Maureen McLaughlin. “We are deeply thankful for the ongoing and generous support of our Auxiliary.”
Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased by calling the Porter Hospital Public Relations Department at 388-4744 or online at portermedical.org. For more than 50 years, the Porter Medical Center Auxiliary has supported the work of Porter Hospital and Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center via donations for new equipment, programs and services. The Derby Day event is only one of the projects that generate funds; additional funds are generated by the Round Robin Upscale Resale Shop and other special events.
The Auxiliary is governed by a board of approximately 20 volunteer women and men who oversee the projects and funds of the Auxiliary. 

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