Our Events

2019

Amazing 8

The Bluegrass area is blessed with many outstanding volunteers who enrich the non-profit sector and our communities. Camp Horsin’ Around is proud to recognize 8 individuals or corporations that fulfill these criteria at a luncheon every May.  Through the years, we have honored a collection of famous volunteers and little-known but highly important folks for their contributions to make where we live a better place for so many.  Our CHAMPS and other entities sponsor the event.

Our honorees for 2019
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Versailles, Kentucky

Di Boyer

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Crimson Claycomb

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky

The Dedman Family

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Lexington Kentucky

Dean Hammond

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Nicholasville Kentucky

Diane and Rob Perez

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Lexington Kentucky

Lou Anna Red Corn

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Lexington Kentucky

James (Jim) Richardson

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Lexington Kentucky

Joe Richardson

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scholarship program

Anything is Possible

Camp Horsin’ Around hosts the Anything is Possible program for an organization serving health-compromised or special needs children that would not otherwise have the funding to participate at camp. This scholarship allows qualifying groups to bring their campers, staff and volunteers to camp for a 2-4-day overnight camp adventure. The Anything is Possible 2019 program hosted families from the Downs Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky. Since its inception in 2015, the Anything is Possible program has provided a camping adventure to over 150 campers with conditions ranging from cancer and spina bifida to asthma and autism.Since 2016, the Anything is Possible scholarship program has been generously funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and Children's Charities of the Bluegrass.
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Champs for the Camp

The donors in this program make a gift of $5,000 a year. These donations in the spring assure the operating budget for the year and help make special projects possible. The Champs sponsorships also underwrite the Camp’s two major fundraising events, the Amazing 8 in May and the Camp Out in the fall. In recognition of their sustaining support, Champs sponsors are offered a table for ten guests at both the Amazing 8 and Camp Out events.

You too can be a Champ for the Camp. If you are motivated by this special giving opportunity, please click our Donate button to contribute your $5000 sponsorship, and be a part of this wonderful Kentucky place for children.

Thank you to all our Champs and Event sponsors for continuing to support our mission and our campers!
Jane and Sloan Warner
Erica and Travis Musgrave
Kevin and Kim Cronin
Lexington Clinic
Marilyn Swinford
Misdee and James Miller
Molly and Barney Hunter
Phyllis and John Cronin Foundation
Power & Panel Concepts Inc
Tom and Genie Whayne
UK HealthCare - Kentucky Children's Hospital

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Di Boyer

Di Boyer has a non-profit career that spans almost 40 years helping others. She is a well-known community connector in the world of philanthropy and has left her mark in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and for the last 20 years in the commonwealth of Kentucky.  Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, Boyer graduated from Midway University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. She and her husband Rod of 35 years reside in Versailles and are the parents of Landon and wife, AJ and daughter Britt who lives in Kansas City.

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Crimson Claycomb

Crimson Claycomb is the mother of two amazing children,Kaydance and Kendyl, who inspire her daily. Her youngest child, Kendyl Grace Claycomb was born on November 23, 2010. At three-weeks old, she was diagnosed with viral meningitis. The initial illness left Kendyl with only 15% brain function, seven brain tumors, epilepsy, and partial blindness in both eyes. Kendyl is also confined to a wheelchair and is non-verbal.Medical experts informed the family that Kendyl would not live to be two months old and if she did, she would be nothing more than a vegetable living off machines.Kendyl fought hard to prove the medical team wrong and twenty-five days later, she was released from the hospital!

Striving to provide Kendyl with a normal life and include her in all activities with her peers, Crimson had a dream to change the way the world viewed inclusiveness. With the help of friends and family, Kendyl and Friends Foundation was established with the mission to be a charitable, educational, and financial resource for special needs children fighting to live day to day with their disabilities.

Through the work of the Foundation, countless lives have been touched with opportunities and programs. To date, Kendyl and Friends Foundation has raised, and redistributed, 1.5 million dollars by providingadaptive bicycles, educational and communication equipment, sent hundreds of children to therapeutic camp during the summer, helped families purchase handicap accessible vehicles,built 5 inclusive playgrounds in Kentucky, supported numerous other special needs organizations, and Founded the Overcomer Baseball league for special needs and adults.

Amazing 8 Award 2019

The Dedman Family

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Dean Hammond

Service is certainly the watchword for Dean Hammond, a decorated war veteran, entrepreneur, and shared service team member in a multitude of local and international humanitarian organizations. Hammond served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Officer flying reconnaissance missions in single-engine “Bird Dog” when he came under enemy anti-aircraft fire from a .51 caliber machine gun.He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He went on to serve another 10 years in the active Army, including as a Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division.His last assignment was as Chief, Aviation, United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, for which he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He continued his military service through the reserves and KY National Guard, and retired as a Major with over 39 years of military service.

Throughout his 34 years in Lexington Dean has been active in his community. He served on the board of the International Book Project, here in Lexington, which ships books for schools and Libraries to numerous countries around the globe. He served on the board and a church-based construction team with Habitat for Humanity.. In 2004 he joined the board for the Foundation for Affordable Housing in Lexington, which provides 102 units of permanent housing for homeless individuals and 38 units for homeless veterans. He rose to the Chairman position in 2005 and worked nearly full time for two years completely revising the operations and financial accounting system for three entities, placing them on a solid financial footing, and continues now in a consulting role. In 2007 he was invited to and joined the Rotary Club of Lexington, which is part of a global humanitarian organization with nearly 1.2 million members, in 35,000 clubs.

Dean is now serving as the District Governor over the 36 Rotary Clubs in the eastern half of Kentucky.

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Diane and Rob Perez

Perez is no stranger to the restaurant industry. Early in his career as the General Manager of the Hard Rock Café in Dallas, Rob saw firsthand how to build a world class restaurant, brand and management team.  Rob’s strengths are founded in his creativity and his ability to lead and direct teams, while focusing on systems that deliver profitability. His expertise is broad and covers all aspects of restaurant operations.  This includes menu development, purchasing, management of food quality, service, labor, atmosphere, and cost.  In addition, Rob has successfully opened restaurants throughout the country and has built vendor and business relationships in complex, high volume, multi-level operations. 

In 2008, Rob, along with his wife Diane created, developed and operate Saul Good Restaurant & Pub in Lexington KY.  There are 3 locations.

 

Rob has seen first-hand how to build restaurant brands and how prevalent addiction is in the industry he loves. Rob & Diane founded Dv8 Kitchen as a social enterprise focused on giving second chance employment opportunities to people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Dv8 Kitchen focuses on providing top-quality food, service and atmosphere for every guest. By providing “a better-than-expected” dining experience, the hope is to build a new standard for the second chance employee to live by and to change the way the guests perceive people in addiction recovery.

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Lou Anna Red Corn

Lou Anna Red Corn is the first woman to be elected Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney, and as an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, she is the first Native American to be elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kentucky. While Lou Anna is in her 3rd year as Commonwealth’s Attorney,she is in her 33rd year as a prosecutor in the office. Before becoming  a prosecutor, Lou Anna was an Assistant Public Advocate (public defender) in Eastern Kentucky and worked briefly in civil practice.

As Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lou Anna established a Special Victim’s Unit within the office – a select and specially trained group of prosecutors who are responsible for prosecuting all child sexual abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking cases in the office. In 2018, her office became an active member of ONE LEXINGTON, a project whose mission is to enhance safety and quality of life in neighborhoods experiencing violent crime, with a vision of inspiring a generation of youth to see a positive future for themselves.

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson, CFP®, CPM®, a 33-year Financial Advisor veteran, is a First Vice President, Portfolio Management Director and Family Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Lexington, Kentucky. His team, the Richardson Salsman Group, currently manages over $250 million dollars for individual, corporate and institutional clients throughout the United States. As a community volunteer/philanthropist he has served as President of the following organizations: Lexington Dream Factory (co-founder with his wife Stacey), Lexington Rotary Club and Endowment Board, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass and Chair of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Development Council. He is currently in his second term on the Board of Directors for the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and is Past-President for the Fayette County UK Alumni Club.

In addition to helping his clients make their financial dreams become a reality, Jim continues to perform in central Kentucky as an actor/singer. As a performer (both musical and theatrical) he has learned that the ability to communicate may be the most important tool in any endeavor. Jim has said, “My grandfather taught me to always listen first, respect everyone and leave the camp in a better place.”

Amazing 8 Award 2019

Joe Richardson

Joe Richardson, a 1984 Graduate of UK with residency in Internal Medicine (Board eligible) and Emergency Medicine (Board certified)worked at UK teaching Emergency Medicine residents and medical students and in 1987 was awarded the prestigious Clinical Golden Apple Award. In 1989 Richardson joined Keightley Parsley PSC  and is currently contract Emergency Medicine Physician with Team Health working at Saint Joseph Jessamine.

Richardson was also Medical Director of Lexington Fire and Emergency Medical Services for 12 years and never accepted salary or compensation for his public service. He served on the founding board and continued to serve for 10 years of Surgery on Sunday which he co-founded to provide millions of dollars in free surgical services to those in need.

He also bought a WWII trainer and the following day a WWII mustang and learned to fly them so he could take a retired WWII Veteran on a flight. He has since provided 30-40 flights at his own expense to all who were physical capable of getting into the planes – noting most were between 80-90 years old.