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Annual Foundation Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Success

Annual Foundation Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Success

Left to right: Janelle Purdue, Lynn Goodwin, Clara Myers, Pam Williams, Pon Young, Julie Stephens, Natalie Smith, Jennifer Filangeri and. Angie Steiner.


While the inclement weather made for a muddy track at Churchill Downs, the indoor festivities were warm and dry on May 4th as Daviess Community Hospital Foundation hosted their 5TH Annual “Kentucky Derby Fundraiser”. Over 110 people were registered for the event with the purpose of raising money to support the Oncology program at DCH.

Women were encouraged to wear hats or fascinators similar to those worn at the Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs. Men were also encouraged to wear a hat or tie that reflected the theme. “We were pleased at the amount of participation and thought that went into attire again this year,” remarked Angie Steiner, Foundation Director. Prizes were awarded for best Ladies Derby hat best Men’s Derby tie and/or hat. Winners were Natalie Smith for best hat/fascinator and Darrell Jones for best tie/ensemble. Jen Houchins, DCH Marketing Coordinator, was on hand to capture the fun as guests posed in their Derby attire.

Event guests were able to stay warm and dry while watching the 145th running of Kentucky Derby on live television. “We had many activities to keep our guests occupied including a silent auction and bourbon tasting which were new this year,” stated Steiner. “Aces Restaurant in Washington was a fantastic location and the food was outstanding.”

After dinner, guest speakers shared information about the recent capital campaign and the newly opened Lohano Center for Advanced Medicine.

Foundation Board President Alan Goodwin welcomed guests and thanked them for supporting this event. “The Daviess Community Hospital Foundation has made a commitment to help provide support to The Lohano Center for Advanced Medicine,” stated Goodwin. “The DCH Foundation Board has committed to raise $300,000 for this project and we are close to reaching that goal. We are grateful to those who supported this program through the Derby event and those have donated in the past year.”

Tracy Conroy, Chief Executive Officer at DCH, shared with the audience that the added space allows patients and their families to have more privacy and to feel more relaxed during exams, consultations, and treatments. Having care close to home is very important to all patients, and she emphasized that DCH is glad to provide that care for Oncology and Endocrinology patients.

Dr. Thomas Waits, Oncology at OHA in Evansville who sees patients at DCH each week, also spoke to the crowd. “The services offered here at Daviess Community Hospital are as sophisticated and state-of-the-art as you find in Evansville, Indianapolis and other places,” he said. Dr. Waits went on to acknowledge his team of office staff, nurses and patient navigator, Sharon Mead, RN.

Dan Parod, Chief Executive Officer at St. Vincent – Evansville, also shared that St. Vincent is very pleased to partner with Daviess Community Hospital on various projects. St. Vincent – Evansville is one of four donors to claim naming rights for the exam rooms in the new center. A check presentation will take place at a later date.

Next year’s event will again be held on the first Saturday in May to coincide with the Kentucky Derby. For more information on the DCH Foundation efforts, please contact Angie Steiner at 812-254-8858 or