Monday, March 28, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 28, 2005 . . . When the chips were counted at the Fourth Annual Charity Night at the Tables on March 19, St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy finished second-to-last among the six participating local charities. But the horse they picked in the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park a week later crossed the finish line first, and that was the finish that mattered. With Flower Alley’s half-length victory in the Lane’s End Stakes on March 26, St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy took home $10,000 from Charity Night sponsors Fifth Third Bank and The Yearlings.
“This was our first invitation to participate in Charity Night at the Tables,” said Debbie Fulkerson, development director for the Community Pharmacy. “We were stunned when Flower Alley came from behind to finish first.”
The St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy provides free prescription medicines to uninsured and financially disadvantaged residents of the 14 Northern Kentucky counties. Since March 2002, the pharmacy has dispensed more than 55,000 prescriptions to 1,500 qualified clients.
“The State Board of Pharmacy prohibits us from charging our clients,” said Fulkerson, “so funding is always an issue. We rely completely on foundation grants and donations from businesses and individuals. Before the pharmacy opened, our clients often had to choose between their expensive medicines and groceries, rent, or heat. Currently, 100 percent of our clients rely on these non-sample medications to maintain their quality of life, so these funds will definitely have a great impact on their lives.
“This $10,000 will cover the purchase of insulin and generic medications for one month. We would like to thank Fifth Third Bank and The Yearlings for their generous sponsorship of Charity Night at the Tables,” Fulkerson concluded.
Charity Night at the Tables, a stylish evening of casino-style games, is presented by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and Turfway Park to benefit Northern Kentucky charities. Three charities automatically participate based on their ticket sales the previous year, and three others are chosen based on their applications. The charities sell tickets to the event, held each year at Turfway Park; the more tickets they sell, the more people they have playing on their behalf.
At the end of the evening, players turn in their play-money “winnings” to the charity of their choice. In order of their totals, each charity then chooses the horse they think will win the Lane’s End Stakes. The charities make their choices two days before the race during the Call to the Post Luncheon, when post positions are drawn. The charity whose horse finishes first (or best among the six chosen) receives $10,000 from the event’s sponsors. The remaining five charities receive $2,000 each.
Charity Night at the Tables also includes a Texas Hold ‘em tournament, with the winner choosing one of the charities to receive the $1,000 prize. This year’s tournament winner, Paula Thueneman, played on behalf of the Parish Kitchen, where her husband, David, serves on the board.