Lexington, KY – For two decades the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Charity Gala in Louisville has benefited diabetes research. For the next three years, UK officials and the Barnstable Brown family say the new center will be the party's sole beneficiary. UK executive vice president for health affairs Dr. Michael Karpf says the university will now be able to do even more cutting edge research on a persistent Kentucky health issue.
Kentucky ranks number 7 in the U-S for prevalence of both diabetes and obesity. The Barnstable Brown family has already given one million dollars for the center to date, and has pledged another million dollars in the upcoming months. Based on previous years, the family estimates the Gala will provide the center with between 1.5 and 3 million per year for the next three years.