"Hats have been getting more and more elaborate each year. People are buying them online. The fascinator, after the wedding of the prince (William), that got more popular" said Linda Pounds, event co-chairwoman. This year, North Rotary's traditional Dinner at the Derby will be held on April 12th, 2019"The Rotarians are great at getting sponsorships for us. They have been amazing for us" Linda continues. Youth Connection is a not-for-profit organization supporting at-risk children in the 6- to 13-year-old age group."We connect at-risk kids with various services, the gap kids who don't get help anywhere else to help prevent them from getting into the system." Pounds said services range from after-school activities and one-on-one tutoring to covering athletic team fees or sports equipment. More details to follow.

[from an article published on April 16. 2014 in The Bakersfield Californian. 2019's event scheduled for April 12th]