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April 29, 2013

Fourth S.Ga. Kentucky Derby party to help wounded soldiers

QUITMAN — An organization that helps wounded soldiers will hold the Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser next weekend.

The event helps Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility. The event is an “authentic Derby Party” with appropriate hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps, etc. Cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Women are asked to wear hats and compete in the hat contest. An auction will be held.

Actor Sonny Shroyer of Valdosta, best known for playing the character Enos in “The Dukes of Hazzard” and in his own TV series, “Enos,” is scheduled to attend.

Hopes and Dreams uses horses, camping, and the great outdoors to give wounded soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries a break from their memories of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mike Randall, a Vietnam veteran, founded the program to first help his sons after they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Numerous veterans and active-duty personnel have visited the program during the past few years.

The Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby Party starts 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Arrowhead Farms, Lonesome Dove Lodge, Quitman. More information: Contact Jodi Johnson, (229) 263-1940; or Chuck Ramsey, (229) 292-1002.


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