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Plans Continue for “Derby Gala” to Benefit Capital Building Fund

And they’re off!  Those three words ignite some of the most exciting two minutes in equine sports.

The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) hope you’ll spend the 133rd Kentucky Derby in Shelburne, Vermont, to help them celebrate and mobilize the Morgan community behind the “Capital Building Fund.” The Capital Building Fund was established in 2007 to address repairs and maintenance to the “Home of the Morgan,” the AMHA National Headquarters and the National Museum of the Morgan Horse, both located in Shelburne.

The Building Committee is actively planning a “Derby Gala” for May 2-4 to commemorate the facility’s 20 years in its present location. Currently, plans include a cocktail reception Friday evening, May 2 at the headquarters, a five-star dinner and dancing Saturday night, and an afterglow Sunday morning brunch. Invitations will be available at the AMHA convention and all are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, so the committee is asking those interested in attending to contribute $25 to “Save My Seat” (contributions are tax deductible).  See a member of the building committee for further details or mail your “Save Your Seat” checks to: Capital Building Fund, 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482. Checks should be made out to “AMHI c/o Capital Building Fund.” RSVPs are due by April 4.
The committee hopes the Gala will allow the Morgan community to see first-hand the facility, recognize donors for their contributions, enjoy great food and fellowship, and encourage others to help endow ongoing improvements.  The immediate fundraising target is $250,000 to address roofing, HVAC, exterior refurbishments and painting, etc.     
The Building Committee includes John Green, Art Perry, Jack Gatewood, George Arnold and Susan Fu of the AMHI and Cindy Mugnier, Harry Sebring, and Ling Fu Wylie of AMHA, and AMHA Executive Director Julie Broadway.   



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