Kentucky Derby comes back to Camp Grayling

The second annual gala event to be held in May
In 1913, Camp Grayling was established in the community. Growing up here, I always knew it was here but very rarely did I know anything more about it other than that. Over the last few years, Camp Grayling has been working hard to change that. 
Last year, the camp opened their doors (or gates in this case) for their first annual Kentucky Derby Gala. It was a huge success, with members of the general public loving it. They have decided to once more open on up, this coming May.
On May 6, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Camp Grayling will be holding their second Kentucky Derby Gala. Tickets for this fun event cost $100 per person and will include so much fun. Held at the Officers Club, you can expect to have a night of music, raffles, dancing, live and silent auctions, and games. A best dressed contest will be held, and fireworks over the lake round out the night. 
But why should you spend the money for this? This is a charity event, with the funds raised going to support veterans with PTSD. The campaign they are working so hard to bring awareness and support to is “54 by 24 Service Dogs Save Lives Campaign.”
Why is it so important to get service dogs to these vets? According to, dogs can be crucial. 
“Dogs make you feel safe and protected. Nightmares, traumatic flashbacks, anxiety and depression from PTSD can make you feel vulnerable. Dogs are always by your side, reminding you that your not alone. Larger dogs, such as German Shepherds, can also protect you,” according to their website. 
So while it may sound like just another fun party, it is actually one that is making a difference in someone’s life. Last year they were able to raise enough funds for a dog, and later held a contest to assist with naming him. 
But maybe you aren’t familiar with what a Kentucky Derby theme is – I sure wasn’t until I looked into it. The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky, almost always on the first weekend in May. It’s the cap to a two-week Kentucky Derby Festival, with horses competing. But in my opinion, the real star of the show is the hats! Kentucky Derbys are known for so many hats, with most women wearing them. The bigger, the better. If you have never been to one, I would recommend taking a look at Pinterest before you go, to ensure your costume fits in the theme. 
Some donations include prizes from Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails, Ole Dam Road Party Store, and many other local businesses. 
If you want to attend (and you should attend!) there are still tickets left. With room for only 200 people, ticket sales do end April 27, so don’t delay! Get yours today! Check out Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center Facebook page for more information!

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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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