Local Businesses Give Young Cancer Survivor, Father Memorable ‘Her Knight’ Evening

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LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 12, 2014) - The smile on Cassidy Rickerson’s face couldn’t be contained. Wearing a white dress fit for a princess, the 7-year-old Lexington native was living a dream night with her father at her side as the two danced, dined and rode in style for the 2014 Her Knight, a father-daughter event at Keeneland on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Cassidy and her father, DeWayne, were treated to an all-expenses-paid night out for the annual event that celebrates and reinforces the relationships between fathers and daughters. A young cancer survivor, Cassidy received the royal treatment from the charitable collaboration of Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Shield Transportation and Keeneland, which worked with the Kentucky Children’s Hospital to identify a deserving family to honor.

“She had a blast,” Cassidy’s mother, Chas, said. “She said it was the best night ever. She loved it.”

Cassidy began the evening having her hair and makeup done by The Spa at Griffin Gate before enjoying an upscale steak dinner with her father at JW’s Steakhouse, located in the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The pair was then whisked to the event at Keeneland via limousine, courtesy of Gold Shield, where they danced among other fathers and daughters.

“It was the one of the greatest father-daughter experiences Cassie and I have ever had,” DeWayne Rickerson said.

Founded in 2011, Her Knight is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers and has given more than $40,000 to community organizations since its inception. Keeneland has hosted the event each of the past two years as part of its partnership with the organization. More information on Her Knight can be found at herknightdance.org.

The Spa at Griffin Gate is Lexington’s only resort spa offering facials, massages, body treatment and a full service nail and hair salon. All spa treatments include complimentary valet parking, use of the fitness center and pool facilities, and access to its eucalyptus steam room.  For more information, visit thespaatgriffingate.com or call 859-288-6175.

JW’s Steakhouse, located in the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, offers casual dining for breakfast and lunch with upscale evening dining featuring a selection of classic wines and Angus steaks.  For more information, visit griffingatemarriott.com/dining or call 859-231-5100. 



Keeneland Association, Inc. 4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
Telephone: (859) 254-3412 Toll Free: (800) 456-3412 Fax: (859) 255-2484

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