Four hundred and ninety attendees celebrated the Kentucky Derby with Haven Hospice on May 6 at the picturesque Oaks of Lake City Equestrian Center for the third annual Equus, a Kentucky Derby gala, which raised over $80,000 for Haven Hospice unreimbursed programs and services in the Suwannee Valley. 

Equus attendees in beautiful hats and handsome bowties gathered to watch the Kentucky Derby on several big screens and enjoyed appetizers, drinks, games and a silent auction of incredible prizes. Several guests took home prizes for their Equus attire including Best Dressed Couple Lloyd and Maureen Vern, Best Themed Hat Kanoye Cupps, Best Themed Bowtie Dewayne Griffis, Most Creative Hat Leah Lovelady and Most Creative Bowtie Justin Young.

“The third annual Equus event was a success due to the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. Haven would also like to thank our generous sponsors and members of the community who have embraced this event,” said Haven Hospice Lake City Administrator Anita Howard. “Haven is so fortunate to be a part of a community that is filled with so many compassionate people that support our mission of honoring life by providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve.”

Haven would like to especially thank Title Sponsors Odom, Moses & Company, Raymond James and Chef Byron Terwillegar of Blue Water Bay; Cup Sponsor Lake City Medical Center; Photo Booth Sponsor PotashCorp; and Infield Sponsor Publix Charities.

Haven serves all patients who are eligible for hospice care, regardless of their ability to pay and 100 percent of the monies raised through Equus remain in our local communities. Haven believes everyone deserves a Haven experience when faced with a life limiting illness. Continued support through Equus will ensure our ability to meet that goal.