Organization holds Derby Day party to raise funds for College Hill business district

CINCINNATI – An organization held its annual Derby Day party Saturday to raise funds for the revitalization of the College Hill business district.

The third annual ticketed event took place at Historic Laurel Court and raised funds for the The College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.

"Proceeds from this fun-filled evening will assist with CHCURC's efforts to revitalize the College Hill business district," CHCURC President Michael Cappel said.

Officials with the organization said they plan to use the funds they collected to acquire new properties and renovate a structure at 5917 Hamilton Avenue. The ultimate goal of the real estate upgrades it to bring new business to the College Hill business district, according to Cappel.

After paying $75 for their tickets, event attendees participated in a silent auction, raffles, and a hat contest. The event also featured live entertainment, and guests dined on festive foods and enjoyed mint juleps, a traditional Kentucky Derby favorite.

Last year's Derby Day helped CHCURC reach its $200,000 "Challenge Match," which enabled the organization to purchase the Hamilton Avenue property.

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