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The Kentucky derby rides into Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Kentucky Derby has come to Columbus with big hats, a big crowd, and great food. People from all over gathered at The Riverwalk to watch the race and to help those in need.

"[We are here] to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and have a good time. Of course the real reason that we are here is to benefit the Trinity Center for Women of Saint Francis Hospital," says organizer Ashley Turner.

Turner is a mother of two and decided to dedicate her time and energy to helping others have the same access to first class treatment after going to the Trinity Center for prenatal care.

"Our rate of low birth rate babies in this community was a third higher than the national average and our rate of infant mortalities was fifty percent higher than the national average," said Turner.

Turner says this is most likely due to a lack of prenatal care. Now, The Trinity Center for Women at Saint Francis Hospital is trying to help do something about the problem.

"The Trinity Center is specifically geared towards women who are unable to pay for prenatal care and their unborn babies," said Turner.

For the 8th annual Derby Day, each person paid $75 to attend. Events include: a silent auction, an open bar, and food, There is also music, a best hat contest, or you can play the odds.

"There's gaming here at the event. Folks can check out the odds of each horse and pick their favorite and that makes it very exciting once the race starts," Turner said.

The event raised around $50,000 to help expecting mothers.

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