Derby Day Soiree @ Your Place

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About Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place

Just like “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and the annual ball drop event in Times Square go hand-in-hand, so do the Ele’s Place Ann Arbor Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs! Again, this year, the health and safety of all Ele’s Place Ann Arbor donors, sponsors, staff, volunteers and the community-at-large, remains PRIORITY #1. Our guests will join us for an evening of entertainment and engagement (our “signature” house party check-ins allow for GREAT people watching), including LIVE coverage of the 147th Kentucky Derby. In addition, guests are encouraged to invite family, friends and neighbors (while social distancing, of course) and join the Ele’s Place staff and sponsors for a one-of-kind fundraising experience benefitting the grieving children, teens and families of Ele’s Place Ann Arbor!

So, grab your big hats and bow ties AND join us for the Ele’s Place Ann Arbor Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place!

All proceeds from this event benefit the grieving children, teens and families of Ele's Place Ann Arbor.  Ele's Place is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

2021 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Comerica Bank

Winner Circle Sponsor's

John and Lindsay Bogdasarian

Edward Jones 


Twin Spires Sponsors

Ann Arbor Distilling Company

Elysium Experience 

Fifth Third Bank


Merrill Lynch

Nie Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services

Old National Bank



Derby Infield Sponsors

Axiom Advisory Group

Chelsea State Bank

Farm Bureau Insurance - Rick Eder Agency


Kapnick Insurance Group

Tribble Painting Company, Inc.

Zingerman's Community of Businesses

Jockey Club Sponsor

Enspire Dental

Katherine's Catering

Ele's Place Mission

Ele’s Place is a non-profit community-based organization whose mission is to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Through peer support groups, Ele’s Place helps children and teens learn how to cope with the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend. 

Ele's Place recognizes that children's grief is unique, and that unaddressed grief can have a negative impact on their health and well-being.  Unresolved childhood loss is often linked with poor school performance, depression, violence, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicidal tendencies.  Ele's Place helps grieving children and teens who are at risk of developing these negative behaviors by supporting them in a unique way. Through our peer support programs, they learn that they are not alone in their grief and develop healthy coping skills to continue their lives with hope and confidence.

2021 Auction Donors

Ann Arbor Distilling Company

Ann Arbor Fire Department

Argus Farm Stop

Brewer's Towing, Inc.

Cake's by Kristin


Dream Maker Bath & Kitchen

Ele's Place Capital Region

Farm Bureau Insurance

Fortress Golf Course

Mike & Kelly Halpern

Hylant Group, Inc.

Brent & Ann Hollenbeck

Hotel Walloon

Ilitch Holding, Inc.

Kamp Night Co.

Littlest Jockey Thoroughbred Race Silks for Kids

Michigan Theater

Old National Brewing Company

Roos Roast

Rosalie Tocco Bradley & Brain Bradley

Sarah Flint, Inc.

Skosh Catering


Betsy & Woody Stover

Eileen & Ted Thacker

The Graduate Hotel

The Grand Hotel

The Write Touch by Leyla

University of Michigan Athletics

Wawashkamo Golf Club

Whitetail Farm

Yankee Air Museum

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Zippy Car Wash

Zingerman's Community of Businesses