Lutheran Family and Children’s Services has announced the date of their annual Kentucky Derby Party. The event will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the new Jackson Civic Center. Doors will open at 6 pm. Dinner, catered by 2 Sides Grillin’ will be served at 6:30 pm, the Run for the Roses Horse Race will kick-off the night’s entertainment at 7:20 pm, followed by Perryville’s own American Rock band, The Tungsten Groove.
The Kentucky Derby Party is one of only two annual fundraisers held by LFCS, and has become a favorite among local supporters, according to Michelle Ramsey, LFCS Regional Development Officer. She says, “This year’s event brings with it several changes from those in years past, including the venue, the food, and the entertainment. We took a long hard look at the event and decided that the Kentucky Derby Party was a great event, but in need of a major makeover in order to help us raise the funds our organization needed to bring in. With a new venue, and offering a catered meal, along with the well-known and loved area band, our hope is that we will exceed all of our fundraising expectations.”
This years’ Kentucky Derby Party is being held on Cinco de Mayo, so the organization has named it, “Derby de Mayo.” According to Ramsey, it will have many of the same events as previous years, but some Mexican flair will be added. “Of course it wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby without Mint Juleps, Mimosas, but this year we’ll be offering Margaritas and Sangria in addition. Attendees will be able to purchase the traditional Derby drinks with Derby Dollars, which will be exchanged dollar for dollar at the door.”
“Of course, no Kentucky Derby would be complete without Kentucky Bourbon Balls. Fortunately, we are blessed with our wonderful friends, Robert and Mary Gentry, owners of The Corner Store, located on Broadway who will be set up at the party with their famous Kentucky Bourbon Balls available for purchase- they will be donating a percentage of their sales that night to LFCS,” said Ramsey.
Ramsey says the Kentucky Derby Party will still feature their Run for the Roses Horse Race, which is one of the big attractions of the night, as well as a large part of this fundraiser. The organization sells local businesses a horse, which they get to name. A video production company produces a horse race, complete with a voice-over calling the race, naming the horses as they run. The race is then shown on a large video screen at the event. Leading up to the race time, attendees of the Kentucky Derby Party can place bets on the horse they hope to win with Derby Dollars. This year the bets that are wagered will all benefit the Older Adult Programs for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia offered by LFCS. The Run for the Roses will take place at 7:30 pm, with prizes being awarded from those who placed their bets.
“It’s so much fun to watch everyone get into the race, cheering on their chosen horse and seeing their reactions as the horses run,” said Ramsey. “It’s all in fun, of course, but everyone really gets into it,” she added.
No Kentucky Derby Party would be complete without the southern flair displayed by the attendees, and this one is no different. “Of course you see some of our guests in full Derby attire- big hats, the dresses and suits, “said Ramsey. “But others will come in everyday attire too,” she added. According to Ramsey, there will be prizes awarded for the the Best Derby Hat, Best Dressed Gal, Best Dressed Guy, and Best Dressed Couple.
Reserved tables of 8 are available now at:https://lfcsmo.networkforgood.com/events/1939-2017-derby-de-mayo or at the LFCS office, located at 3178 Blattner Dr in Cape Girardeau. Thru March 31st, all table reservations will receive a bonus of $20 in Derby Dollars. Individual seat reservations will be available April 1st.
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri is a non-profit, statewide social service organization providing counseling, adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, child care and mentoring services to the community. With offices in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield, LFCS touches the lives of more than 22,000 individuals annually. The services provided by LFCS are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender or age. Although Lutheran based, more than 85 percent of families served are non-Lutheran. For more information, visit www.lfcsmo.org.