Posted by Tim Kelley
Reading Rotary will host a fun filled Kentucky Derby event to benefit Pep's Peddlers and Pan Mass Challenge.  So, corral all of your friends, put on your best Derby attire, and trot on down to the Wakefield Elks.  Pep’s Peddlers is a local bicycle team that fundraises for multiple sclerosis.  Riders in the Pan Mass Challenge raise funds for Dana Farber.
The afternoon event on Saturday, May 6th will include DJ, streamed races, derby themed games, best hat/attire prizes, raffles & more.  Doors open at 3:30. Races begin at 4:00.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar.  Register online here.
Sponsors for the event include:  Salem Five; M&H Interiors; Carlsberg; Leader Bank; Dracut Window and Door; Elle Salon; Jeanne Borawski; Tycon Development; Lee Kimball; Douglass, Edgerly & Bessom Funeral Home; Reading Cooperative Bank; The Savings Bank, Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance; and Attorney Timothy J. Kelley.  Those interested in sponsoring the event may contact Sheila Clarke. 
Rotary President Sheila Clarke said: “This event is a perfect partnership of Rotary and two other world class non-profits.  In Rotary we help people; it’s what we do.  We are excited to run a fun event to benefit both the MS Society and Dana Farber.  Our Rotarian families are very involved in raising money for both MS and for cancer research.  We hope this event will raise awareness and we’ll have fun, too.”
For questions about this event contact Sheila Clarke ( or Rosemary Murphy (
Pictured here are Irene Collins, Lisa DeLeo, Kathi Spurr and Sheila Clarke in their Kentucky Derby hats.