Shawnee National Forest Trail Ride: Fundraiser for St. Jude's

The 5th Annual Derby Party fundraiser for St. Jude?s Children?s Research Hospital will be held at Hayes Canyon Campground in Illinois? Shawnee National Forest on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This trail ride will take you through thousands of acres of beautiful scenery.
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The 5th Annual Derby Party fundraiser for St. Jude?s Children?s Research Hospital will be held at Hayes Canyon Campground in Illinois? Shawnee National Forest on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This trail ride will take you through thousands of acres of beautiful scenery.

The 5th Annual Derby Party fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital will be held at Hayes Canyon Campground in Illinois' Shawnee National Forest on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Shawnee National Forest encompasses thousands of acres of gorgeous scenery, featuring water crossings, caves, rock formations, natural bridges, and waterfalls.

Ride, watch the Kentucky Derby, and sip mint juleps at this May's Derby Party in Shawnee National Forest. All proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. | Photo Courtesy of Hayes Canyon Campground

Ride, watch the Kentucky Derby, and sip mint juleps at this May's Derby Party in Shawnee National Forest. All proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. | Photo Courtesy of Hayes Canyon Campground

This fundraiser was created by a group of trail-riding friends, who began the tradition of meeting over the weekend of the Kentucky Derby to sip mint juleps, watch the race, and ride. Last year's party raised more than $3,000, bringing the four-year total to $8,000.

This year's party will kick off Friday, May 6, with an informal soup supper provided by Hayes Canyon Campground volunteers. Saturday afternoon, a silent auction of unique equestrian items will be held; all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's. There will also be friendly wagering and a poker run.

For more information on the Derby Party, call (618) 322-4519 or (618) 541-4921. For more on Hayes Canyon Campground, call (618) 672-4751, or visit http://www.hayescanyon.com.