Churchill Downs Racetrack and its charitable partners Bright Pink® and Horses and Hope today announced that the online nomination process to select 142 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the 2016 Survivors Parade is open to the public. To nominate and select survivors to champion breast and ovarian health in this year's Survivors Parade visit www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors. Nominations and selections end on March 15. The 142 participants will be announced on the website on March 16 and receive two seats to the 2016 Kentucky Oaks.
The 8th annual Survivors Parade will take place on Churchill Downs' historic racetrack immediately prior to the running of the 142nd Longines Kentucky Oaks on May 6, 2016, the day before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. The $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks is America's premier race for 3-year-old fillies and the third most attended horse race in the U.S. behind the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
“The Survivors Parade is such a special way to honor those who have been impacted by breast and ovarian cancer,” said Lindsay Avner, Founder and CEO of Bright Pink, a national nonprofit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. “The prominence of the Kentucky Oaks helps us educate women on the importance of prevention and early detection on a national scale.”
The Survivors Parade is the centerpiece of the Oaks day Pink Out celebration to raise funds and drive national breast and ovarian health awareness. Pink Out has raised more than $740,000 in the past seven years. This year Churchill Downs will donate $50,000 to Bright Pink and $1 from each Grey Goose® Oaks Lily® cocktail sold on Oaks Day to Horses and Hope, a breast cancer outreach initiative for members of Kentucky's horse industry.
vineyard vines, the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby, will donate 30 percent of proceeds from the sale of three Pink Lilies items in its Kentucky Derby collection to Bright Pink. These include a tie, bow tie and fascinator and will be available starting March 15 at www.vineyardvines.com, in vineyard vines retail stores, at select retail partners and through the vineyard vines site at Churchill Downs.
The public can support the cause and donate online to Bright Pink from Tuesday, February 16 – Sunday, May 8 at www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors.
“The Survivors Parade is an uplifting experience for the thousands of fans who attend the Oaks,” said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “These are critical health issues that have impacted many of us at Churchill Downs and we are proud to support breast and ovarian health on Oaks Day.”
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