Enjoying a lively proceeding

Published 9:00 am Thursday, May 9, 2019

Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging Inc. (PSR) hosted its signature, stylish Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser Saturday, drawing a well-dressed crowd to J & J Treeland in Prospect for “A Racy Affair.”

The event included silent auctions and purse auctions, casino games, live music and refreshments, and when the television would not cooperate for watching the Kentucky Derby, organizers adapted and ensured that those attending heard the live audio broadcast.

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Typically the drama of the derby is restricted to the runtime of the race, but this year’s derby was not typical. For the first time in the race’s 145-year history, the winner was disqualified for an in-race foul, handing victory to the runner-up.

This drama did not disrupt “A Racy Affair,” however.

“We have had very consistent sponsors and donors, which allowed us to have a very successful event this year,” PSR Executive Director Justine Young said. “Nearly every vendor we use at the event is also a sponsor.”

Organizers said the amount raised by this year’s event will not be known for a couple of weeks, but they anticipate results similar to those from last year’s “Affair,” when more than $20,000 was raised.

“This event allows us to pursue grants that require match funding as we continue to fulfill our mission of advancing and achieving independence for the aging population,” Young said. “We could not hold this event without the support of our sponsors and donors, and we are very grateful to them, including, but not limited to, Red Door 104, Feed More, Haley Auto Group, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Creative Electrical Contractors, The Fishin’ Pig, WVHL Radio Station, Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Bank & Trust, Rochette’s Florist, The Farmville Herald, J & J Treeland and Navona Hart Real Living Cornerstone.”

The fundraiser also had a representative from the General Assembly in attendance.

“We were so honored to have State Sen. Mark Peake and his wife attend ou