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Kosair Kids® to be Featured at 2018 Derby Festival Events



April 12, 2018. Louisville, KY.   – A new class of celebrities will make appearances at Kentucky Derby Festival events this year. Kosair Charities has partnered with the Derby Festival to present the 2018 Kosair Kids® Class of Celebrities. These six children are each celebrities in their own right – some fighting to overcome debilitating illness with courage, tenacity and always a smile; others choosing to give of themselves to help others. Each will get to participate in a select Festival event in 2018 and receive the VIP treatment.

“This is a class of amazing kids from around Kentuckiana who inspire everyone they meet,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “We’re honored to have them join us for this year’s Festival and to be able to showcase all the good Kosair Charities does for children in our community.”

“Kosair Charities is thrilled to partner with the Kentucky Derby Festival to give once in a lifetime experiences to kids,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “The Kosair Kids® Class of Celebrities represents how to be inspirational and strong everyday regardless of your journey.”

This year's Celebrity Class includes:

Laiken Weber, Age 13 - Laiken’s involvement with Kosair Charities began six years ago when she was just seven years old. An admitted fashionista, Laiken walked the runway in this year’s Spring Fashion Show! Sometimes referred to as Chairwoman of the Kids Club, this much-deserved moniker founded a fundraising effort called the High Five Club.

Bree Brown, Age 15- Bree is from Southern Indiana and is currently battling a relapse of Ewing’s Sarcoma (a bone and soft tissue cancer). Since 2016 Bree has attended Kosair supported agency Camp Quality. She is excited to be part of the inaugural Kosair Kids® Celebrity Class, and will be fulfilling a lifelong dream of riding in a hot air balloon for the 2018 U.S. Bank Great Balloon Charity Race.

Jenna Mohammed, Age 9 – Jenna was born prematurely, and at 18 months old she was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia. Jenna is a bold and confident fashionista who loves pretending to cook. She will be joining the Royal Court at The Children’s Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses.

Olivia & Alexandra Allen, Ages 13 & 10 – Olivia joined the Kosair Charities Kids Club in the Spring of 2015 when she donated 117 brand new toys. Olivia created her very own non-profit called “Girls Giving for Good” to help other young women her age give back to those in need. Together, Olivia and her younger sister Alexandra collected over 100 chapter books for Kosair Kids® in October of 2017. You can see these amazing sisters in the 2018 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade!

Henry Hinson, Age 5 – Henry has bigger dreams and more personality than most people have in a lifetime. Henry was born with the spinal defects spina bifida and Chiari II malformation, as well as hydrocephalus but never lets that stop him! Henry will be attending Celebrity Day at the Downs.

Be sure to keep your eye out for these inspirational kids. For more information on the 2018 Kosair Kids® Class of Celebrities, visit!  For more information about these Kosair Kids® and Kosair Charities, please contact Erin Fowler, VP of Event Marketing & Communications at (502) 637-7696, ext. 108.


About Kentucky Derby Festival:
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two- week period and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million.  This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

About Kosair Charities:
Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 200 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information, please visit or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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