Now that it’s all over, it’s time to reflect on the full impact that the Kentucky Derby Festival and its charitable arm, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, have on our city. Beyond the booming of the fireworks and the roar of the marathon are some quieter good deeds.
They show us a great time, they give a big shot in the arm to the local economy, but the staff and board of the Kentucky Derby Festival has racked up accomplishments beyond the gleeful mayhem of the Bed Race or the oddly stirring site of The Great Balloon Race. The organization which is so skilled at creating meaningful moments for an entire city is equally effective at finding ways to work their magic for worthy causes and deserving recipients. It’s easy (especially this year) for the some of their civic good deeds to get lost in the thunder of, say, a fabulous Thunder.
So, we asked a few of them to share some of the KDF’s accomplishments that make them the most proud. View the slideshow to read what they had to say.