The horses are nearing the post and the plans are ready for the second annual Derby Day Party to benefit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network on Saturday, May 1 at the home of Barbara Ruska in Riverside.

The fun -filled event – hosted by Holly Agne, Anna Harrington, Ellen Israel, Kristie Lord, Cherisse Marcheschi, Meredith Walters and Jennifer White – will include a Southern Derby buffet, silent auction, a hat contest and, of course, the big race itself, the Kentucky Derby.

For those who have watched the Kentucky Derby, one of the highlights, along with the race, is the hat contest. For those who may have attended last year’s local Derby Day Party, they may have been equally impressed with the hat creations worn, many of which would have rivaled those seen at Churchill Downs.

It was not an easy task to choose a winner, which as a judge last year I can attest to. However, my judgment could not have been too faulty, as I have been asked to judge again this year and will be ably assisted by Patrick White and Ben Sells. Odds are the judges will have as good a time as those wearing their original designs. That you can bet on.

The choice of the Cancer Action Network as the beneficiary of the Derby Day Party was a good decision, since it is primarily a grass-roots effort and affiliated with the American Cancer Society. The non-profit, non-partisan group encourages elected officials and candidates for office to make the fight against cancer a top priority.

More information on the Derby Day Party or the Cancer Action Network can be obtained by calling 708-484-8542 or visit www.acscan.org/riverside.

He shoots … he scores

More sports news! Hauser Junior High student Tim Kmet is the only member of the Bensenville-based Chicago Blues youth hockey team to reside in the Landmark area. He recently returned with the Blues from winning the USA Hockey National Peewee Championship in Reston, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

One can only imagine that Kmet’s team is now pulling for another area championship from the Chicago Blackhawks. The seventh-grader shares his enthusiasm for the sport with his dad, Ed, whom I am told also played hockey and who is more than willing to give his son a few pointers and make the drive to Bensenville for practices. Congratulations, Tim!