LOUISVILLE (November 24, 2009) – Gallopalooza Inc. is proud to announce that they raised $185,200 for community beautification projects done in partnership with Brightside at their Live Auction Gala on Friday, November 20. The event, held at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel, was attended by more than 400 guests.
“I am excited about the success of the Gallopalooza auction and look forward to creating large scale beautification projects, such as landscaping the interstate loops at I-264 in front of the airport and fairgrounds,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “These gateways—created in partnership with Brightside—will make a great first impression on visitors and boost civic pride for residents.”
Matt Thornton, Gallopalooza Board Chair added, “We are very pleased with proceeds generated by the horses auctioned this year. We are thankful to the generous people in Louisville who understand the value of beautifying our community.”
Gallopalooza executive director Lynn Huffman reported that, “of the 40 horses that were auctioned, the top bid getters included: Black Jack ($15,000) by Flags4Vets, America’s Victory Ryder by Mari Renn ($15,000), Liberty Runs Free by Cindy and Fernando Trujillo $10,500, Field of Dreams by Mari Renn $8500, Sir Gumball by David O. Schuster $7500 and Daffodil by Rebecca Baldwin $7500.”
“The average sale price during the live auction on Friday was $4,630. The average sale price in 2004 was $4,288,” Huffman noted.
Additional Gallopalooza horses are available in an online auction that runs through December 1, at www.gallopalooza.com.
Thorntons is the presenting sponsor for Gallopalooza 2009.
Gallopalooza was created in 2003 as a sister organization to Brightside.
Launched in 1986 by Mayor Jerry Abramson, Brightside is uniting people in clean and green activities to beautify the city and foster community pride.