The Harford County Bar Foundation raised $9,000 at its first "Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Party" May 2 at MaGerk's Pub & Grill in Bel Air.
One hundred twenty guests enjoyed the Kentucky Derby festivities that included Appalachian bluegrass band Jake & the Burtones, games of chance, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, mint juleps and watching the Kentucky Derby won by American Pharoah.
Guests were encouraged to wear Kentucky Derby attire for the best-dressed man and woman contest. Cindy Mumby, deputy director of the Office of Governmental and Community Relations for Harford County Government, wearing a striking red dress, hat and necklace combination, received an award as the best-dressed female, and John Spielberger, president and CEO of Maryland Property & Casualty Guaranty Corporation, sporting a seersucker suit, white bucks and a derby hat, was named best-dressed male.
Money raised at the event will support outreach programs and representation of Harford and Cecil citizens who are struggling to navigate the tangled legal system in basic human needs cases such as abuse, shelter, sustenance, education, health and child custody.
"We are so grateful for the support of the community," said Nancy Mahoney, executive director of the Harford County Bar Foundation. "Ten percent of Harford County's population live below the poverty line. Many have limited education and are frustrated and confused by the legal system."
"By partnering with other organizations, the Harford County Bar Foundation seeks to provide those in need with advocacy and equal access to justice. Our small program has assisted more than 1,000 citizens of Harford and Cecil counties through education, direct support and outreach workshops. Funds raised by the Kentucky Derby party will go a long way in helping those in greatest need," Mahoney said.
There were various sponsors of "Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Party," including Triple Crown sponsors Brown, Brown & Young PA and Snee, Mahoney, Lutche & Helmlinger PA. Belmont sponsors were The Bergand Group, BCV Commercial Realty, Freedom Fighters Bail Bonds, Maryland Healthcare Clinics and Stark & Keenan PA. Preakness sponsors were Daniel Donlick, Jordan Thomas Salon, Inc., Karas & Bradford, Main Street Cigar and John & Gail Spielberger. Paddock Sponsors were Robert Caffery, Kevin Casper, Law Offices of Anthony J. DiPaula PA, Angela Eaves, Leslie Hyman, It's PayDay, Klein's Shoprite, MediaWise Inc., Bob Pruitt, John Raffaeli, Smith & Kane PA, Thompson & Associates, Fredrick Ward Associates and Law Office of Charles Wagner.
The Harford County Bar Foundation was established in 1991 to increase pro bono services and to provide educational resources to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance in family law, housing, bankruptcy, consumer, foreclosure and estates and trust. For more information, visit http://www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org.