Monday's NTRA Charities/Kentucky Derby Museum Golf Classic and silent auction at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., raised approximately $45,000 for NTRA Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Kentucky Derby Museum's Backside Learning Center and Endowment Fund. Ike Van Meter, a member of team Morehead Properties, took home the event's grand prize, five hours of flying time on a NetJets aircraft, after making a hole-in-one on the famed course's 215-yard 14th hole. "I didn't think I had made it and started walking off the tee," said Van Meter, "but then my caddy started yelling. It's a great thrill." The Kentucky Derby Museum's Backside Learning Center, scheduled to open this fall, will house a library and career academy to provide the track's backstretch workers with educational opportunities. English as a second language classes and seminars to improve employees' interpersonal and life skills, including health-related issues and high school equivalency exam assistance, will be provided. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides the comforts of home to families whose children are being treated at nearby hospitals. With a global network of 171 local chapters in 44 countries, RMHC has awarded more than $340 million in grants worldwide to make a positive impact on the lives of children.
Last year, Belmont patrons help sign the worlds largest get-well card for Barbaro. At this years Test of the Champion, volunteers will be working the grounds to raise money for the NTRA Charities Barbaro Memorial Fund.