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Craig Brown, Liz Keller and Brian Brown of TSG Equine Events present a check for $7,500 to Make-A-Wish Western New York, represented by Development Coordinator Michelle Scaglione, Make-A-Wish recipient Brianna, and her mother, Kathy.

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The Derby at Genesee Country Village & Museum Donates to Make-A-Wish® Western New York

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: The Derby at The Genesee Country Village & Museum
Release Date: 2015-06-10

Mumford, NY – June 10, 2015 – The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum was designed to offer riders, owners and trainers a stand-alone hunter derby event of the highest quality, but the show’s creators and managers, Brian Brown, Craig Brown and Liz Keller, also had a greater vision: to be able to give back to the community through the equestrian event.

With that in mind, The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum named Make-A-Wish Western New York its charity beneficiary and on Sunday afternoon, during the event’s USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented the organization with a check for $7,500. Each year, Make-A-Wish Western New York grants the wishes of close to 150 children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions..

Funds raised for Make-A-Wish Western New York were made possible by TSG Equine Events and the support of event attendees. Prior to the presentation of the check to Make-A-Wish, those attendees also had the opportunity to hear directly how their contributions to Make-A-Wish make a difference in the lives of the children it serves.

In 2013, Brianna was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma – a brain tumor. On Sunday, she stood fully recovered in front of The Derby spectators and shared the story of her wish come true – a story particularly relevant to The Derby as her wish was for a horse.

Brianna and her family bought a young Thoroughbred who she named Hans (which she later learned fittingly means “God is gracious”), and Make-A-Wish granted her wish to have the horse boarded at the farm where she had been working.

“What Make-A-Wish offered to do for me was pay two years of board for me at a barn facility that I had been working at previously,” Brianna shared with the crowd. “I’ve had him for about a year and a half, and I can say that he’s been the biggest blessing in my life.”

Brianna continued, “I really appreciate everything that Make-A-Wish has allowed me to do. This horse has taught me patience, kindness, understanding, responsibility and respect – things that, for me, a Disney trip couldn’t have done. I really credit my recovery to him and to the Make-A-Wish process. It’s really because of generous people like you who are willing to come out here and sit in this luncheon and spend money for Make-A-Wish, that I can stand up here fully recovered and say that my wish came true, and I have a horse.”

The Derby at the Genesee Country Village and Museum hopes that through the event’s support another child will one day be able to tell a story similar to Brianna’s. This year marked The Derby’s first year of support for Make-A-Wish Western New York, but it looks forward to continuing to support the organization in years ahead.

To find out more about The Derby at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, visit them on Facebook here or online at

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