Jill’s Wish Derby Cocktail Party


The second annual Jill’s Wish Derby Cocktail Party was held Saturday, April 29th at Bowman filed in hangar 7, and yes, they needed that much room! As I mentioned before, if you could attend one derby event, this was the one.

Jill’s Wish was founded by Jill and Bart Conley after a stage IV breast cancer diagnosis in her early 30s. She was propelled into the spotlight following a documentary about her journey, and she chose to use that notoriety to give back to people like herself. Sadly, Jill passed away from the disease in early February 2016, but her legacy and mission continues.

This is the organization’s  biggest fund raising event. The admission price covered an open bar covered by Brown-Foreman and Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, plenty of food by Captain’s Quarters and Pepperwood Catering, music by Linkin Bridge and Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits. There was a silent auction and raffles of donated items  from the community.

Check out the website: https://www.jillswish.org/  and the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JillsWish/ and get on the mail list for this great cause and excellent annual Derby event.

Here’s what it was like this year:

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A Beautiful warm evening for Jill's Wish Cocktail Party
Glenna Cooper, Marci Miller, Julie McGrail and John Shunnar
Richard Meyer, Alicia Yost, Beth Meyer and Rick Tabb
Jeff Davis with Vintage Warbirds and John Whiteeck
Susan Reese and Steve Kalinyak
Jackie Greenwalt, Mrs. Kentucky 2016, LuAnn Burton, Kitty Mangello, Mike Mangello, 1970 winning winning jockey on "Commander" and Jean Cruguet, 1977 Triple Crown Jockey on Seattle Slew
Faranak Seifi
Bart Conley, founder of Jill's Wish & Allison Lewis
Mark Fryman and Debbie Chick
Eric & Misty Perchau
Brad & Wendy Hicks
Allison Lewis, Karen Henderson and Michael Roerk
Jason Kome & Kim Kennedy
Matt and Barbara Isbell with Tom and Susan Frybear
Matt Westfall, Cathleen Theiler, Denise Jewel, Amanda Mattingly and Diane Hansen
Hangar 7, Bowman Field
Sydney, Katie, Susannah & Salem