BRANDON – A Kentucky Derby watch party from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Center, 619 Vonderburg Drive, aims to recreate the magic of the famous horse race while helping a cause.
At this benefit for the 25-year-old Brandon Outreach Clinic, partygoers will dress in their derby finest — festive hats for ladies and bow ties, caps, canes and seersucker jackets for gentlemen — to watch a live broadcast of the race on big-screen televisions indoors and out.
There will be competitions with prizes: a horse contest, in which people pull a horse out of a bag, and a search for the most dapper gentleman and most amazing hat on a lady.
A DJ will provide musical entertainment while attendees bid on silent auction items. Dr. John Morrison of Valrico, a Brandon Outreach Clinic medical volunteer, will emcee the event.
Attendees will get a taste of the derby — mint juleps and open bar for adults and hors d’oeuvres for all.
Brandon Outreach Clinic has provided free, lifesaving healthcare to thousands of individuals in eastern Hillsborough County since 1989. Supporting the clinic helps “strengthen our neighborhoods and makes the greater Brandon area a healthier and more productive place to live,” said Executive Director Deborah Meegan.
Tickets are $75 per person.
For tickets or information about sponsorship, donating silent auction items or volunteering, call (813) 654-1388.
Barbara Routen is a freelance writer. Contact her at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.