About Event

The 5th Annual Derby Day Soirée

~An Evening of Entertainment and Engagement~

Join Co-Chairs

Tom & Shirley Randall and Al & Marilyn Gileczek

Saturday, May 7, 2022

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Historic Earhart Manor at Concordia University

4090 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Big Hats ~ Bow Ties ~ Derby-Wear-Prizes

Mint Juleps ~ Southern-Inspired Food Stations

Reserved Seating for ALL in one "Big Top" Tent!

148th Kentucky Derby LIVE on EIGHT 72-Inch Big Screen TV's

"The most exciting two minutes in sports!"

Derby Wager Raffle ~ Corn Hole ~ Bourbon Tasting ~ Open Air Photo Booth

Silent & Live Auction

Derby Dance Party with DJ Nicole Myint

Emcee - Chuck Colby

Auctioneer - Jim Alban


Derby attire is encouraged.  

This is an outdoor event and portions of the event will be on the lawn, 

please choose your footwear accordingly.

Proof of Covid-19 vaccines or a rapid PCR Test 72 hours in advance of the event is required to attend.

A printed or digital negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test administered by a healthcare professional within 72 hours of the event that includes the guest's name and date the last test was administered is required. Over-the-counter or home testing kit results are not accepted.


YOUR support allows Ele’s Place Ann Arbor to continue to provide compassionate peer support to grieving children, teens and their families FREE OF CHARGE, for as long as they need.


All proceeds from Derby Day Soirée 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

Derby Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Derby Infield Sponsor

Ele's Place Ann Arbor

Ele's Place Ann Arbor is the only nonprofit in our community and the surrounding southeast Michigan area dedicated solely to helping children and teens work with and through grief. Unfortunately, the need for our services will never go away. Unresolved grief negatively affects our children and teens, contributing to alarming rates of depression, addiction, and violence.

Ele’s Place Ann Arbor was established in 2007 by offering one night of weekly programming. In 2019, after opening the doors to our new dedicated healing center - A Home for Healing Hearts - we expanded our services to four nights, serving an average of 160 grieving children, teens, and their families each week. The need for our services is critical - in Washtenaw County alone, 4,500 children and teens could potentially benefit from the services of Ele’s Place.

Our Mission: Ele's Place is a nonprofit, community based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. 

Our Vision: To ensure that no child in Michigan grieves alone.

Ele's Place Ann Arbor Community Board Members

Mike Halpern - Chair

Ann Hollenbeck - Vice Chair

Jeanne Cooper

Michael Crowley

JPaul Dixon

La Sonia Forté

Mishelle Lamarand

Steven Popper

Charles Ramsey

Jackie Silhanek

Betsy Stover

Jessica Stubbs

Eileen Thacker

Lori Brewer-Thomas

Rosalie Tocco-Bradley

Tracy Wraight

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