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Ducky Derby and Kentucky Derby Celebration Support Central Virginia Community Projects

(LYNCHBURG, Va. – April 23, 2010) – The Junior League of Lynchburg (JLL) will host a full day of activities on May 1, 2010, to support the many community projects and initiatives that are championed by the women of the JLL.

Festivities will begin at Peaksview Park with a Ducky Derby and Ducky Dash at 9 am. The Ducky Derby will include plenty of family fun with games, free bounce rides, concessions and a duck race. Representatives from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children will offer free fingerprinting kits for kids and safety tips, while the Lynchburg Humane Society will be bringing several adoptable pets. This free event will feature 2,500 ducks dropped into Ivy Creek, with the first three ducks and the last duck all winning prizes. Ducks can be purchased for $5 each through any JLL member. The Ducky Dash is open to children up to age 12 for a $10 registration fee. The distance run can be logged toward the Virginia 10 Miler. More information and registration forms are available at http://www.jrleaguelynchburg.org.

Continuing the derby theme, celebrate the Kentucky Derby at JLL’s Derby Day Soiree at Old Elkton Farm. The event will benefit both the JLL and Couples & Kids, a non-profit, family oriented counseling center. It will include live viewing of the Kentucky Derby, signature mint juleps, a hat and bow tie contest, music by the Dog Boys Band and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $60 each and available on the JLL Web site.

Support raised from the JLL’s annual fundraiser is used to administer successful community programs such as Day in the Park, now in its 30th year; Kids in the Kitchen, teaching children healthy options as part of the community-wide Smart Moves initiative; and community grants which provided $5,000 to local non-profit organizations in 2009.