Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland


Thursday, October 8 marks the 13th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Day® at Keeneland, the culmination of a rewarding experience for a special group of deserving children, while raising funds to make more life-changing wishes come true.

Each year, local Thoroughbred farms and organizations team up with Keeneland to create life-changing wishes for children from the ages of 2½ to 18 with critical illnesses. Although this Fall will look different, our Wish Kids were able to come out to Keeneland in August as well as visit their Wish Sponsor's Venues that included several local farms and equine medical facilities

How to Give

It takes a community to make every child’s wish come true. Through donations, volunteering and fundraising, there’s a way for everyone to make a difference for local children and families. To donate, please click here; contact Faith Hacker at (859) 619-5475 or fhacker@oki.wish.org

To learn more about Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, please visit https://oki.wish.org/keeneland

 

In Honor of John Greely, IV

Founder of Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland

 

John Greely, IV, a fourth-generation Kentucky Thoroughbred horseman and philanthropist, called Kentucky home his entire life. He loved the bluegrass, thoroughbred racing, and helping those in need. John supported many racing, breeding, and equine aftercare organizations and was instrumental in making Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland. 

Through Greely’s leadership, each year, local Thoroughbred farms and organizations team up with Keeneland to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. At Keeneland, the children and their families are treated to a VIP experience, complete with presenting a trophy after each race, meeting jockeys and experiencing all the excitement of a day at the races. Several local farms and equine medical facilities sponsor the participating wish kids. Since Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland began, enough has been raised to make dozens of wishes come true for local children with critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish is grateful for Greely’s passion for wishes and his commitment to making a difference for kids in his community.

Meet Our 2020 Wish Kids


 

Blake, 18

Blake, 18


I wish to go to Hawaii

Wish Sponsor – Rood & Riddle

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Caroline, 10

Caroline, 10


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor - Spendthrift

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Chloe, 7

Chloe, 7


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor – Airdrie Stud

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Jayden, 14

Jayden, 14


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor - Gainesway

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Logan, 12

Logan, 12


I wish to go to Denmark to visit LEGO Headquarters

Wish Sponsor – Hagyard

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Molly, 7

Molly, 7


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor – Lane’s End

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Noah, 8

Noah, 8


I wish to have an above ground pool

Wish Sponsor – Ashford Stud

 

Robert, 6

Robert, 6


I wish to have a camper

Wish Sponsor - Keeneland

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Talon, 4

Talon, 4


I wish to go to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Wish Sponsor - Godolphin

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Taylor, 18

Taylor, 18


I wish to have an above ground pool

Wish Sponsor – Flaxman Holdings

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