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Gala celebrates 45th year of helping children



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Andrea Cooper-Gatewood is all smiles at the gala. Hatcher Hurd. (click for larger version)
May 14, 2013
MILTON, Ga. It may have been the 139th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs May 5, but at In Your Dream Farm on Birmingham Highway, it was the Down Home Derby celebrating the 45th year of the Child Development Association.

Raising money for scholarships for preschools taught at the Child Development Center in Roswell, the CDA has helped disadvantaged children get a head start on life for almost 50 years now.

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Roger Wise, co-chairman of the Child Development Association Derby Gala, clowns with equestriennes from In Your Dreams Farm. From left are Melanie Atlee, Sarah Ryan-Greer, Brienna Windom and Wise. Hatcher Hurd. (click for larger version)
The CDA provides affordable early care and learning programs for children of low-income working families in the metro area.

"We prepare disadvantaged children for success in education and life," said CDA Director Donna Smythe.

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Even the guys got into the spirit of things with their headgear as well. Hatcher Hurd. (click for larger version)
Nationally accredited, the CDA provides the education that allows these children to start kindergarten on an even playing field with the other students while allowing their parents to maintain full-time employment to support their families.

With presenting sponsor Kimberly-Clark and a host of other sponsors headed by Rotary Club of Roswell, Roswell Presbyterian Church and North Point Community Church, the gala has become one of the most popular events in North Fulton.

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Jessica Van Derden has her hands full. Down-home food was the order of the day with barbecue, Brunswick stew and baked sweet potato. Hatcher Hurd. (click for larger version)
Down Home Derby is about helping the CDA school and its children. It is about raising money and providing patrons with a swell party, a smokin' hot band and great food in the ambience of one of North Fulton's best equestrian farms.

But in the end, it is really about the hats. And the ladies (and some gents) are there to wear them with style and grace.

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