On Friday, May 3, more than 275 people danced, laughed and cried at the fourth annual Derby-themed Hats & Horses fundraiser for Kennedy Krieger Institute. The event was held at The Grand Lodge of Maryland and co-chaired by Cynthia Cavanaugh, Aimee Fulchino, Paige Kenney and Lisa Vogel. Decked out in festive Derby attire, Hats & Horses guests enjoyed dinner, a silent auction and an inspirational video about the children being helped at Kennedy Krieger, and then danced the night away.
Thanks to dedicated committee members, sponsors, guests and auction donors, the event raised more than $430,000. This year, funds raised through Hats & Horses will support the renovation of the Institute’s Greenspring Campus pool. The pool is used daily by Kennedy Krieger’s LEAP (Lifeskills and Education for Students with Autism and Other Pervasive Behavioral Challenges) Program, which serves students with severe autism and behavioral challenges. The pool is also used by several Kennedy Krieger programs, including the Institute’s Physically Challenged Sports Program, which offers a variety of adaptive sports programs and is a major component of the Institute’s Motor Development Program for children ages 2 to 7, the age range during which most Paralympic athletes begin their training.
Hats & Horses is an annual event organized and hosted by the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) for Kennedy Krieger. WIN is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for—and awareness of—Kennedy Krieger by promoting and facilitating volunteerism that assists families served by the Institute. Hats & Horses 2020 is scheduled for September 25, 2020. Visit KennedyKrieger.org/Derby for more information.