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2013 Grantees and RWGC Co-Founder Shirley King (center)

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The Derby at Genesee Country Village & Museum to Benefit Rochester Women’s Giving Circle

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: The Derby at The Genesee Country Village & Museum
Release Date: 2014-01-28

The Derby’s Support Allows for Largest RWGC Grant to Date!

Mumford, NY – January 28, 2014 – The Derby at The Genesee Country Village & Museum will provide spectators and riders alike with an extraordinary event from June 7 – 8, 2014, but the lasting, positive impact of The Derby at GVC&M will stretch well beyond those two days.

The Derby at GCV&M, which features a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and a $35,000 USHJA International Derby, has named the Rochester Women’s Giving Circle (RWGC) as the beneficiary of this year’s inaugural event. The unprecedented support from The Derby at GCV&M will enable the RWGC to make a significant grant that could change the lives of women and girls it will serve.

“One of our head teammates here at The Derby, Kelly Olzack is a member of the Giving Circle,” show organizer and producer Brian Brown said. “It’s an incredible charity. They track 100 percent of the money that comes through their organization, and it all stays locally in Western New York. With so many charities, you don’t know where the money goes. This one is close to home, and we know where the money is going and where it is staying.”

The RWGC is a community of philanthropic women in Rochester, NY, who combine their charitable giving to fund programs for women and girls that provide them the skills, education or training that helps them earn a living wage.

 “The gift that we receive from The Derby is going to enable us, the Giving Circle, to take our grant giving to a new level,” said RWGC co-founder Shirley King. “That new level means that we will give a grant of $50,000 to $75,000 in 2015 that will fund a new venture for an organization providing critical services for women and girls, helping them to achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

The transformational grant toward which The Derby at GCV&M funds will be directed will mark the largest grant that the RWGC has given to date. The grant will be more than double the previous all-time high grant of $22,000, awarded in 2013.

“The money coming from The Derby really helps us make this move,” King said. “It was a significant part of our decision making.  This takes us to a new level and we are very excited.”

The Giving Circle began when a group of philanthropic women decided to pool their charitable donations together in an effort to make a meaningful impact on selected organizations. Six years since its founding, the group has grown from 25 members to a membership of over 125 and has currently awarded more than $460,000 in grants. To learn more about the Rochester Women’s Giving Circle visit and read The Derby blog!

The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum is only the third stand-alone USHJA Hunter Derby event in the country. The show will offer a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sat., June 7 and a $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sun., June 8 on the beautiful grass Great Field of the Genesee Country Village and Museum. 

To learn more about The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum visit Stay up to date with all the latest announcements and updates from The Derby by liking the event on Facebook here!

The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum Fast Facts:

What: The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum:

$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

$35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Where: The Genesee Country Village & Museum

1410 Flint Hill Road

Mumford, NY 14511 

When: June 7 & 8, 2014


Beneficiaries: The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Supporting The Derby is the perfect way to enjoy a fabulous day with friends, clients or colleagues, all while helping others and gaining valuable marketing and exposure!

To learn more about the numerous available sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact us online for more information!

Sponsors and In-Kind Supporters:

The Book LLC: 

Chateau Couchebout

Frank Madden Sales:

Pony Bling:

SBS Farms, Inc. and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center:

The Derby Producers & Management:

Brian Brown -

Craig Brown -

Liz Keller -

TSG Equine Events, LLC 

Media Contact:

C/O Emily Riden
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd.

Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)


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