Today, the American Lung Association in Kentucky officially cancelled the 26th annual Derby Eve Gala due to COVID-19 concerns.
“After careful consideration, the American Lung Association has made the decision to cancel the Derby Eve Gala on September 4th. COVID-19 is a lung infection and as a lung health organization, we must act in the best interests of our constituents, our supporters and the public at large. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 130,000 Americans and holding a gala in the midst of rising infection rates would place attendees at risk,” said Deena Adams, executive director for the Lung Association.
Each year, the Derby Eve Gala is the hottest ticket in Louisville. The event typically includes elegant decor, a gourmet dinner, and live music and dancing. It was initially scheduled for May 4, and then postponed until September 4 to align with the changes to the Kentucky Derby. However, with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, organizers chose to cancel this year’s event.
“The challenges we currently face with the lung disease, COVID-19, truly emphasize the value your participation and donations. Our new COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment that strives to defeat this virus and defend against future respiratory pandemics,” said Adams.
For more information about the Derby Eve Gala visit DerbyEveGala.org. For tips and advice on protecting lung health visit Lung.org, and for latest COVID-19 news, developments and guidance visit CDC.gov.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.