Louisville, Kentucky – May 7, 2010 – The first Saturday in May has come and gone in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby. The celebrities and massive crowds seeking glamour and parties have subsided. But, the long lasting effects from fans of the most exciting two minutes in sports remains, especially from Denny Crum, Phil Hellmuth & Robert Williamson’s Celebrity Derby Poker Championship. The event raised nearly $40,000 for Kentucky Harvest: Blessings in a Backpack and the Health & Climate Foundation. The proceeds will be dedicated to feeding approximately 250 children in the public school program for a full school year as well as help children fight malaria in Africa.
“This very unique and thoughtful partnership allows for many people to help feed and benefit those who are less fortunate in our nation.” commented Stan Curtis, founder of Kentucky Harvest and the Blessings in a Backpack programs. Kentucky Harvest has been in existence for twenty-four years and presently delivers 100 tons of food per month to the less fortunate people in Kentucky alone, and the amounts of food delivered throughout the country is astonishing. In addition, the Blessings in a Backpack program was started as a division of Kentucky Harvest and drives to feed less fortunate children who are on the assisted lunch program in public schools on the weekends. The Blessings in a Backpack program has swept the country (and world) and currently provides food to 155 schools in 19 states and 3 countries.