Fifteenth Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash Raises Over $29,000 for Make-A-Wish(R) in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At least three Kentucky kids battling life threatening medical conditions will have their one true wish granted with the funds raised by The Hillbilly Coalition as part of the 2015 Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash. Now in its 15th year, the weekend-long race party, held May 1-2, 2015, generated $29,650 in donations for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, its longtime beneficiary organization. The Hillbilly Coalition presented the funds to local families during a Make-A-Wish celebration at Camp Hi-Ho on Sept. 13.

The Hillbilly Outfield Coalition presents a donation of $29,650 to Make-A-Wish in Kentucky on Sept. 13 at Camp Hi-Ho in Louisville. The funds were raised during the 2015 Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash to benefit kids battling life threatening medical conditions throughout the state. Pictured from left are wish kid Simon "Avy", 8, and his brother Isek, of Louisville; Heather Schwenker of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana; Beau Schuster, President of The Hillbilly Outfield Coalition and wish kid Luke, 10, of Jeffersonville, Ind.

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Rivaling the renowned infield race parties, the family-friendly Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash is an annual backyard party held at 12202 Shelbyville Road in Middletown. Contributions for Make-A-Wish in Kentucky are raised through the sale of event tickets, as well as a silent auction and general donations. For $50 admission, partygoers can expect to enjoy food, beverages, live music, full race coverage, games and even a camp out.

"This year's donation from The Hillbilly Coalition is the highest amount raised through their annual party to-date, demonstrating how much the event has grown and their commitment to helping Make-A-Wish grant more wishes for local kids," said Doug Kelly, CEO of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. "We appreciate the generosity of The Hillbilly Coalition, which has allowed us to grant nearly 30 wishes for Kentucky kids over the years."

Among the kids who have had a granted wish are eight-year-old Simon, of Louisville (pictured far left), who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia and wished to go to Hawaii. He and his family enjoyed a visit to the Big Island in Aug. 2013.

"Every year, our volunteers, committee members and guests keep coming back because they know the party is about a bigger and better cause than ourselves," said Beau Schuster, President of the Hillbilly Coalition, the 501c3 who runs and manages the annual event. "The impact we make to local children through Make-A-Wish makes our celebration even more meaningful."

To learn more or participate in the 2016 Hillbilly Outfield Derby Bash, visit to purchase tickets, become a volunteer or sponsor the event.

Make-A-Wish relies on the financial support of the local community to grant wishes. For more information on ways to help, visit, call 1-877-206-9474, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @makeawishohkyin.

About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Currently, there are more than 150 children in Kentucky waiting for their wish to come true. You can help share the power of a wish® by making a donation, volunteering, or referring a child. For more information, visit our website at or call 1-877-206-9474.

CONTACT: Media contact: Maddie Lange Make-A-Wish(R) Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana 614-763-6240 direct 937-239-4547 cell maddiel@makeawishky.orgSource: Make-A-Wish(R)Ohio,Kentucky&Indiana