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CDA’S Down Home Derby still a winner

Horses run for the roses, event all about the children



MILTON, Ga. – If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, the second-best place to see the Run for the Roses is at Iron Horse farm in Milton.

That is where the Child Development Association of North Fulton has had its annual Down Home Derby gala for the last three years, and for pure fun, it may just be the best of the season.

With more than 450 attending, this was the largest crowd yet for the Down Home Derby, according to CDA Executive Director Maggie DeCann. Channel 2 newscaster Fred Blankenship was the celebrity emcee for the affair.

The sold-out event raised something north of $100,000 that will go to fund CDA tuition scholarships for Fulton’s working poor.

It was quite a debut for the DeCan and Malon Mimms Co., the presenting sponsor.

“This is the first year that Malon Mimms has been the presenting sponsor and we really appreciate the support. Kaya Winery and Righteous Guitar were new sponsors and Kimberly Clark continues to sponsor and support the CDA,” DeCan said.

The CDA provides the highest quality preschool education for the area’s working poor. There is a proven correlation to students ready for kindergarten and success, and the CDA is among those preschools attaining the highest National Association for Educating Young Children’s 3-Star rating.

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