Fresno Beehive

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The Bar Method Fresno & Clovis group at Derby Down on Saturday, May 7. The event is a fundraiser for Valley Children’s Hospital.
The Bar Method Fresno & Clovis group at Derby Down on Saturday, May 7. The event is a fundraiser for Valley Children’s Hospital. Kathy Mahan

I’ve been on a mission this year to tout all the things to do in the Fresno region. I wrote this column and followed up with this column, offering more than 104 ideas for entertainment.

I actually hit two of the things on my first list this weekend – Fresno Chaffee Zoo, where I explored the new African expansion on a Mother’s Day date with my mom, followed by a stop at Ampersand for yummy ice cream.

But I also discovered something new: Derby Down.

Derby Down is a Kentucky Derby themed fundraiser for Valley Children’s Hospital that’s held in the grass area inside the racetrack at The Big Fresno Fairgrounds. I was invited by the owners of The Bar Method, where I have worked out for more than two years, to join their table and stop by their booth touting their new Clovis studio, which opens Monday, May 16.

The idea of the fundraiser is to get all dolled up with a fancy hat, drink mint juleps (or another cocktail), bet on the horses, eat and shop at local vendors. It was a beautiful afternoon and a fund day. And it raises money for the hospital. A win!

I was excited to attend because I have a soft spot for Valley Children’s – I am the editor behind the annual Kids Day fundraiser newspaper section each year – and I have friends who have benefited from the care given at the hospital. I was particularly moved to see how people reacted to this touching video produced by the communications team at the hospital last year. It had people tearing up and taking out their wallets. So I thought I would share it again here.

Here on Monday, I think it was a good weekend of exploring all Fresno has to offer. I think I’ll add Derby Down to a future round of “52 things.”

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