MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will host a Kentucky Derby Party to benefit cancer patients. The Run for the Roses party, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on May 7 at the historic Clarion Hotel Morgan, is a fundraiser for the Comfort Fund, which helps cancer patients experiencing financial issues.

Participants will watch the derby on a 70-inch screen and follow the fortunes of their favorite jockeys and horses, while sipping on mint juleps. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, a hat contest and prizes. Those entering the contest should pre-decorate their hats and wear them to the party.

Attire for the derby party is casual cocktail. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required. 

All proceeds will benefit the Comfort Fund, which was established in 2005 to help patients actively being treated at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The intent of the Fund is to provide temporary, short-term assistance for immediate needs, until patients can be linked with appropriate community, state or national resources.

The derby party is sponsored in-part by Huntington Bank.  For more information call Jessica Spatafore at 304-293-0789.

For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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