Lexington socialite Anita Madden, 85, has passed away Sept. She died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the Willows Health Center in Hamburg, according to a close family friend. Madden had been in declining health in recent years and recently had a brief stay at Baptist Health Lexington. Madden was also known for her grand entrances to each gala. She would wear jaw-dropping dresses for the parties,. Madden and her family owned the 2, acre Hamburg Place Horse Farm, which was originally founded in The farm is famous for its legacy of strong racehorses, including the first Triple Crown winner Sir Barton. About half of Hamburg Place has slowly been developed into what Lexington now knows today as Hamburg Pavilion, a shopping complex in suburban Lexington.
But beyond the headlines recalling the flamboyantly lavish, celebrity-studded GI Kentucky Derby Eve galas that Madden hosted to help raise money for charitable causes for nearly four decades, the enthusiastic and passionate humanitarian was also a determined civic leader who worked diligently to make her community better. The Lexington Herald-Leader confirmed with a hospital spokesperson that Madden died at p. No cause of death was listed, but Madden had been in declining health for several years. She was Strong, unapologetic and most importantly Anita always honored the underdog, the person trying in spite of everything else. Arthur B. She was great at promoting Kentucky and the horse industry. She was a wonderful, vivacious person who really cared about people. Born Anita K. Over the decades, Madden championed charitable causes that benefitted troubled youths, AIDS research, and social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.
Anita K. Madden was born in Ashland, Kentucky. She grew up as a " tomboy " and played high school sports, such as basketball and cheerleading, while also being involved with the drama club. Nine years later, the Maddens' only child, Patrick Winchester Madden, was born. She was known for her extravagant Kentucky Derby Eve gala events, inviting as many as 5, people. For nearly 40 years, the Maddens hosted the fundraiser until it was cancelled due to the death of Anita's mother in Every year Kentuckians and the thoroughbred industry's international high society world looked forward to the themed party. Madden invited movie stars, authors and politicians to her social events, and often hosting stars in her home. For example, actor Dennis Cole was counted among her longtime friends and it was said that Burt Bacharach composed a song for her. A pink and yellow cream flower with heavily ruffled gold edges, the "Anita Madden Daylily", was named after her.
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