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Race to Raise 2019
With the generous support of Triple Crown sponsors 
First Bank Richmond, Whisenhunt Construction, and the efforts of several community volunteers, the Kentucky Derby came to Richmond, Indiana, on Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

"Race to Raise: A Derby Party,"​ was organized to celebrate and support the efforts of Brighter Path, Inc., a non profit therapeutic riding center in Cambridge City, Indiana. 

A warehouse at Whisenhunt Construction was transformed into a colorful venue complete with custom-designed wagering windows. One hundred fashionable guests were provided a bundle of Bright Bucks play money, and walked the red carpet to meet Brighter Path staff, students, volunteers, and therapy horses.

Chip Belanga, Associate Pastor of First English Lutheran Church and Brighter Path Vice President, was the Master of Ceremonies for the day. His quick wit and humor kept guests engaged, laughing, and entertained as he made betting suggestions and announced the betting pool results of each horse race.  

A moment of rest from the exciting races gave Founder and Board President Brian Ballenger an opportunity to share the history and vision of the organization before introducing Emma Ullery, Executive Director of Brighter Path. Several Brighter Path students were honored guests of the event, participating in a "Parade of Art" to showcase artwork they created for the silent auction. 

Before the main event of the day, two fashion-forward guests, Kari Harrington and Matt Gerard, were awarded Derby bags full of gifts and prizes for donning the Best Derby Attire, then excitement built as 20 horses of the 145th Run for the Roses approached the starting gate.

Guests cheered, applauded, and celebrated as the horses ran the muddy track and crossed the finish line. Guest Gabby Mitchum wagered her way to the "High Roller" award by collecting over $7,000 in Bright Bucks race winnings. 

The First Annual Race to Raise was a huge success. Thanks to our sponsors, guests, and donors, Brighter Path looks forward to continuing its mission of providing a safe and encouraging environment for students to experience the therapeutic benefit of horses. If you have a student you think would benefit from our services, or are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, please contact us for a consultation.