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2018 Kentucky Derby Classic


May 07, 2018

The weather was beautiful, the hats were fabulous, the mint juleps were poured ... and, best of all, wishes were granted! We are still reeling from the incredible generosity, enthusiasm and excitement of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Classic presented by Crown Automotive.

Because of YOU, more than $300,000 was raised, which will grant wishes to more than 50 local kids just like Della and Jacob. It is your support that brings hope, strength and joy to families at the time they need it most. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We’re champing at the bit to thank our remarkable sponsors, so here is one more THANK YOU to each of these fantastic companies and individuals, right from our wish kids themselves. We’re so grateful for all the ways you make wishes come true all year round.

On top of the incredible results, we hope you had as much FUN as we did. Until next year’s Derby Day, make sure to check out event photos on our Facebook page

We are humbled and inspired by your support, and we hope you will continue to be a part of our Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina family for years to come because we can’t do it without you!

If you’d like to be a part of next year’s Kentucky Derby Classic, playing a vital role on the committee, donating auction items, renewing or becoming a sponsor, or snagging your table early, please contact Lauren Davis at

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217 E. Tremont Avenue
Charlotte, NC  28203

Phone : (704) 339-0334
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Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina
217 E. Tremont Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 339-0334
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