12/2/2015 – DERBY FESTIVAL ADDS SANTA HAT TO OFFICIAL UNIFORM FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 2, 2015 Louisville, KY.  – ‘Tis the season!  The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation are getting in the holiday spirit with the Salvation Army this weekend. Festival and Foundation Board members and staff are adding a Santa hat to the official Festival uniform to help at the Salvation Army Angel Tree.  They will be collecting toys at the Mall St. Matthews Angel Tree from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

“The Derby Festival Foundation works year-round to further the spirit of celebration and community in Louisville,” said Jeff English, KDF Foundation President.  “We hope to bring that same spirit to the Angel Tree this weekend.”

The Louisville Salvation Army Angel Tree program provides underprivileged children with holiday gifts to let them know someone cares. Each year approximately 4,000 families with over 10,000 children are served through the program

About KDFF:  The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a 501 C 3 not-for-profit charity, receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., its supporters and the general public. The Foundation preserves the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage.  It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances.

About Kentucky Derby Festival: The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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