The Camellia City Lions Club Baby Derby celebrated success and announced its winners Saturday afternoon at the Depot. Organizer Jane Painter said this year's Derby raised more money than last year.
"We raised a total of $3,335.68. That's you helping us to help other people who are less fortunate and need help. We need to give y'all a hand for doing such a good job," Ms. Painter said to the parents at the party.
First place winner Chevy Kitchens (right) laughs with his mom, Kimberly, as second place winner Alexis Johnson, and her mom, Krystal pose for a picture.
The first place winner, with 4,500 votes, was Chevy Kitchens, son of John and Kimberly Kitchens. The second place winner, with 1,000 votes, was Alexis Johnson, daughter of Kenny and Krystal Johnson. Third place, with 937 votes, went to Jasmine Johnson, daughter of Jeffrey Johnson and Ayasia Hampton. Morgan Munns, daughter of Mark and Christi Munns, won honorable mention.
The derby is an annual fundraiser for the Lions Sight Conservation Project. Thirty-one children participated in the contest. For several weeks, the babies had jars placed in businesses around the community with their photos on the jars and notes asking for votes. One vote equaled 25 cents.
Approximately 45 people attended the party which wrapped up the contest with refreshments, recognition of all participants and awards for the winners. Each participant received prizes such as pop-up books, stuffed animals, candy bags and toys. The winners received a trophy. The first place winner also received a $100 savings bond; and, second and third place winners received a $50 savings bond.