Folks Run For The Roses In Tallahassee


By: Emily Johnson
May 3, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - For many folks the first Saturday in May means one thing and one thing only, the Kentucky Derby. The Leon Advocacy & Resource Center celebrates by throwing a Kentucky Derby Gala each year.

"It's getting bigger every year. Usually around 300 come and they're very excited and have a wonderful time. It's fun to watch the horses on the giant screen TVs here," said Phillip Hall, Executive Director of Leon ARC.

Leon ARC held the gala at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum. They've been providing support and services to folks with disabilities in the Big Bend for more than 50 years.

Not only did folks have a prime time of the race, but there was also a little betting going on and a parade of the famous Derby hats.

Swanzetta Green who has Cerebral Palsy is one of the people Leon ARC has been able to help. She was at the gala this evening.

"With their job coaches and their teaching an interview skills and how to get started that's why I am where I am," said Green.

Green has been working with the agency for 20 plus years and is now a board member for them.

"It's a vital part for of the success for a lot of people in our community," said Green

Of course a Kentucky Derby Gala isn't complete without a mint julep to drink.

"Its pretty much a sugar mixture and it's going to have mint, it's going to have a little big of the tonic water kind of all mixed up and it's suppose to have a little bit of powder sugar on top," said Melissa Cleghorn, a bartender at the gala.

With mint juleps in hand we all gathered as we watched California Chrome take the roses.


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