FRANKFORT, Ky. – Many may register to win the Derby hat chosen by Kentucky’s First Lady, but the real winners are the boys and girls at Trooper Island.
The summer camp for underprivileged youth will receive a portion of hat sales from a Frankfort boutique as part of a tradition that began nearly two decades ago.
On Tuesday, First Lady Glenna Bevin picked out a whimsical cream and taupe striped hat with long feathers to be used in a drawing.
“I never get a chance to shop, so this has been a big treat for me,” said Bevin, who also picked out a Derby hat and a fascinator for herself.
Nitro owner Sherrie Goble said the hat selected for the Trooper Island drawing will be on display at the boutique until May 3. Until then, a percentage of all Derby hat sales will be donated to the charity.
Goble said the store is also collecting donations for the First Lady’s charity of choice.
Trooper Island is operated by the Kentucky State Police and hosts about 700 boys and girls ages 10-12 each summer at Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County.
Underprivileged youth are provided good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance, and structure while engaging in esteem-building activities designed to promote good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers.
The camp is funded entirely by donations, and no public funds are used.
Goble said First Lady Judi Patton was the first to choose a hat for her selected charity 17 years ago.