2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree

Big Hats, Bow Ties and the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports!

About Event

About Event

Join us for an evening of Southern Flair and Fare as we celebrate Spring and the 145th "Run for the Roses" on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Post time is five o'clock in the afternoon. Fitting to the theme is the location at the historic Earhart Manor on the campus of Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Guests are encouraged to don their derby attire; ladies big hats and gentlemen bow ties.    

Guests can anticipate a fun filled afternoon including pre-derby coverage, a little friendly mock wagering leading up to the actual “Run for the Roses;” bourbon tasting, mint juleps, silent/live auction, wine pull and derby inspired fare.   But that is not all!   The Derby Soiree afterglow party begins at 8:00 pm, shortly after “the run for the roses”.   Enjoy the evening dancing under the stars at the Jockey Club with featured DJ - Nicole Myint.

All proceeds from this event benefit the children, teens and families of Ele's Place - Ann Arbor.

Enjoy photos from the 2018 Derby Day Soiree!

2019 Event Committee

Event Co-Chairs

Brian Bouma-Quinn  &  Kate Brummett

Event Committee Chairs

Heidi Ewing, Kathy Gaines, Lisa Hawley, Vanessa Keyes, Kim LaMarca, Kristin Pedersen, April Savage

Event Planning Committee

Sheri Belcher, Chris Cook, Beth Jakubik, Jennifer Murray, Tracey Roy, 

Susan Tennyson, Casey Anbender, Megan Costigan, Barbara Henke, Megan Mazurek, 

Michelle McAllister, Katie Nadig, Laura Baker, Katie Lehmann, Samantha Skrzypchak, 

Jennifer Degregorio-Kraner, Sam Boehnke, Cindy Barton-Spencer


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 programs, they develop healthy coping skills to continue their lives with hope and confidence.

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