Derby Day 2015!
Derby Day has quickly become the signature annual event for The Spine Health Foundation, Inc. (SHF). This event raises awareness of the negative effects of untreated spinal issues; and raises funds to support the mission of The Spine Health Foundation.
On May 2, 2015, a sold out event, 125 guests attended the area’s premier derby party, for a great cause. Derby Day guests enjoyed the exclusive southern charm and graciousness at the Olde Farm while mingling and enjoying butler-passed Hors d'oeuvres and mint juleps during the pre-derby party awaiting the fastest 2-minutes in sports. 50% of our attendees were attending for the first time, many traveling long-distances to attend.
The evening was kicked off in style by Master of Ceremonies, Marc Eubanks, Club Manager at The Olde Farm. Barb Street, SHF Board President offered the blessing before dinner; and Martha Painter of Harp Strings, provided lovely dinner music as guests were enjoying an amazing array of Derby –inspired food from the buffet located just beyond the french doors with amazing views of the pristine rolling country side.
Appreciation from the podium to everyone who supports the cause through contributions, their time and talent. Major Contributors: Eastman Credit Union; Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc.; Medtronic; K2M; MDRT Foundation; DePuy Synthes Spine; Regions Bank; BCBS of TN; Food City, Johnson City Ford; Integra Foundation; and S-I Bone.
Getting to the heart of the matter, two emotionally moving testimonies from individuals who have witnessed the deterioration of life and family due to not being able to access specialized spine care, before learning of SHF. Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass, Chair of Occupational Therapy provided an impact statement reflecting the work SHF is making in our region to help people get past the pain and get back to life. Dr. Snodgrass also serves as the Data & Outcome Researcher for SHF.
Dr. Timothy Fullagar, of East Tennessee Brain and Spine was the 2015 Honoree of the Hope Award. This award symbolizes excellence in accomplishing the mission of the Spine Health Foundation. This is an annual award presented to an individual who has selflessly provided his or her time to help fulfill our mission of helping others get back to life.
Derby Day Co-Chairs, Dr. Eva Pickler and Stirling Young were recognized for their time and dedication to this year’s event. They also had the honors of awarding the winners of the Derby Hat Contest, and the Best Guess Kentucky Derby Winners! Our Derby Hat judging panel, Kristin Kistner, Kenny Schweitzer, and Lori Boggs of the Olde Farm had a tough job as they had plenty of beautiful hats to choose from. Due to the competition available, a 4th winning category was introduced!
Speaker and serial entrepreneur, Jose’ Castillo graciously accepted the role of Auctioneer for this event and was vastly entertaining stirring up excitement and laughs from the crowd! After all, Jose’ is known as “the spicy guy!”
The Spine Health Foundation has helped area resident’s access more than 500 medically-related resources including 22 spine surgeries since 2011. More than 1M in-kind donations have been made by area providers and companies to help fulfill our mission of helping people Get Past the Pain and Get Back to Life! For more information, visit www.spinehealthfoundation.org, or call 423-467-2087.