For all the ladies that liked to play dress-up as young girls, and the guys who felt left out because, well, they were guys, this might be just the charity fundraiser.
The Brandon Outreach Clinic is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party May 4, mixing fancy hats and gourmet foods with mint juleps and a silent auction. It will be the largest fundraiser for the clinic this year, which offers medical services to people who don’t have health insurance.
This year, the party takes place at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association next to the Brandon Regional Library at 619 Vonderberg Drive, Brandon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The fun also includes race contests, a ladies’ hat contest and a dapper gentleman’s contest. There is also a silent auction which includes a pair of Southwest Airlines tickets to anywhere the company flies and a pair of tickets to Disney World. Baskets filled with wine and booze and gift items from local businesses will also be up for auctions. And the committee is still accepting donated items for auction.
A couple of Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleaders are expected to attend to sell 50-50 drawing tickets and there will be an open bar.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at
Last year was the first year the group hosted a derby party.
“I was surprised that everyone wore hats,” said Clinic Medical Coordinator Suzie Watts.
“It was a very festive event,” said Case Manager Gail Pitts. “People came excited and stayed excited through the entire event. And a lot of men dressed up, as well.” One even came in doing his best Col. Sanders impersonation.
“It was fun and it was just a great event,” said volunteer Susan Saunders.
Besides, who doesn’t like watching the Kentucky Derby with a crowd. Volunteer Beth Lewis said that was one of her favorite parts. “I loved watching the race with a bunch of people, instead of at home by myself.”
Money raised during the Kentucky Derby Party will help cover the cost of medical treatment, including needed lab tests and medications.
The medical staff at the clinic is made up of all volunteer doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants.