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$90,000 In Just Two Days!!

by Margaret Cordes

There was a lot of fun and a lot of money raised in just two days for the American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth programs and scholarships during the Kentucky State Fair World’ Championship Horse Show in Louisville.


It all started Wednesday at the Executive West where the annual silent auction was accessorized by a Designer Handbag sale. A fifty-dollar ticket bought your choice of any designer handbag.  


On Thursday the silent auction continued, complimented by a World Grand Champion Autograph Session that featured Smith Lilly, John T. Jones, Jimmy Robertson, Jack Nevitt, Todd Miles and Donna Moore.   Even the young Macey Miles stood in line for her dad’s autograph, while keeping an eye on her silent auction bids.   


In fact, it was the kids who controlled the silent auction bidding. Emily Rankin stood guard over the American Girl dolls making sure she was not outbid!


The live auction kicked into gear drawing online bids from across the country. But the hottest bid was a battle over six tickets to the Kentucky Derby.  It was a volley for bids between a group from Oklahoma City and a couple from Del Ray Beach.   When the gavel dropped Betty and Frank Rozzo were planning a trip to the 2008 Kentucky Derby. “My wife is going to kill me,” said Frank, with Betty sitting right next to him. Six covered terrace box seats on the third floor near the finish line for the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks was the grand prize. The couple has never been to the Derby, “but we’re going now”, says Frank Rozzo who had just finalized the bid for $29,500. 


There were many fun items in the live auction including a football signed by Colts Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Peyton Manning, a Tommy Lovell rocking horse, a horseshoe diamond ring, summer camps, antiques and even horse tack. The total proceeds, including the raffle, were approximately $90,000!!!

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