Kiwanis Kentucky Derby Party Raises $1,200 for Project Eliminate

The local Kiwanis Club hosted a Kentucky Derby party Saturday at the Dixie Girl in downtown Los Alamos. Everyone was glued to giant tv screens at the restaurant during the 139th Run for the Roses. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Kiwanians and guests celebrate Saturday at the Dixie Girl as Orb wins the Kentucky Derby. Photo by Greg Kendall/

As tension mounts during Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard grabs her husband Eric Vasquez. Proceeds from the event benefit ‘Project Eliminate,’ a Kiwanis International-UNICEF effort to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Eric Vasquez on the phone alerting relatives that his horse Orb won Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Vasquez attended Saturday’s Kiwanis Kentucky Derby party at Dixie Girl with his wife Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Her family is from Kentucky so the couple is well versed on the finer points of the annual race. Vazquez joined seven other people at the fundraiser in correctly picking the winner of the race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Recently named Kiwanis Adviser of the Year Don Casperson, center, leans in with other race watchers Saturday at the Dixie Girl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dixie Girl owner Denise Lane and Atomic City Brewing owner Mervyn Kellum watch the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos artist Kimber Wallwork-Heineman, left, congratulates Sara Hoshizaki who won the raffle for Wallwork-Heineman’s framed photo ‘A Storm Approaching.’ Photo by Greg Kendall/

Opalee Gill, left, took first place and Helen Ortega second for their homemade Derby Hats. Photo by Greg Kendall/ 

Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton and First Vice President Karen Kendall count income from the 50/50 betting at Saturday’s Kiwanis Kentucky Derby Party. Eight people picked Orb to win the Kentucky Derby. The event, co-sponsored by Los Alamos Medical Center, raised approximately $1,200 through ticket sales, 50/50 betting and a framed photo drawing, to benefit ‘Project Eliminate,’ a Kiwanis International-UNICEF effort to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. Photo by Greg Kendall/ 



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