Rockledge Rotary’s ‘Derby Day’ Set For May 3
By Space Coast Daily // April 28, 2014
will benefit Crosswinds Youth Services
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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA — The Kentucky Derby is widely known as the greatest two minutes in sports. In Brevard County, it also represents a great opportunity for charitable fundraising.
Rockledge Rotary is hosting its signature, charitable fundraising event—Derby Day—Saturday, May 3 at the Holiday Inn in Viera from 3-8 p.m.
For more than a decade, this annual event has pulled together local businesses, community leaders and individuals throughout Brevard in an effort to raise much-needed funds for local charitable organizations.
A major portion of the proceeds of this year’s Derby Day will go to benefit Crosswinds Youth Services, a local nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for vulnerable young people and their families throughout the county.
TICKETS ARE $60 A PERSON
Derby Day is open to the public, however, seating is limited for this popular and growing event. Tickets to attend are $60/person, which includes dinner and a full slate of festivities, and can be purchased on their website here. Attendees are encouraged to wear fun, Derby Day attire. If you don’t have a Derby Day hat, you can purchase one at the event made by Crosswinds youth.
“Derby Day is an outstanding opportunity to pull together Rotarians, local businesses, community leaders and individuals in support of charitable efforts in the county,” said Mike Selig, Rockledge Rotary Foundation Chairman. “We’re thankful for all the sponsors, donated auction items and other support we receive to help us coordinate such a successful fundraiser year after year.”
The event includes live and silent auctions featuring a wide variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals. New this year is a Winner’s Circle table that will feature several auction items valued at more than $500.
Also new is a special lock box and key drawing featuring a special prize. A number of other fun activities will be conducted throughout the event, including a 50/50 raffle, a chance to win a “wheelbarrow of cheer,” door prizes and much more. In addition to the live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby, several other horse races will be shown for attendees to make charitable wagers. And of course, mint juleps will be on hand.
This year’s prime platinum sponsor is Bright House Networks. Silver sponsors include Florida Today, Slug-A-Bug, Appliance Direct, Chaffiot Family Foundation, Lifespan Wealth Management, Bob & Shelly Herman, Cantwell and Goldman, Walmart, Jacobus & Fielding, Flooring America and Wuesthoff Health System. Other sponsors include Club 52, Genna Jewelers, MSS Care, PODS and Whirpool.
Since its inception, Derby Day has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help local charitable organizations.