Kentucky Derby Celebration

2018 KY Derby Party
Maureen Lloyd and Maria Tanzola
2018 KY Derby Party
Ruth Harms
2018 KY Derby Party
Tom Hayes, Honoree , Maria Tanzola, Event Co-Chair, Joe Roselle, Honoree, Maureen Lloyd, Event Chair, Matt and Michael Duru, Honorees

The Monmouth Park Charity Fund hosted its 15th Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration on Saturday May 5, 2018 under the tents at Blu Grotto’s beautiful outdoor garden on the historic grounds of Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, NJ.  This premier social event was sponsored by Ray Catena Auto Group welcoming a sold-out crowd of over 400 guests and raising a record $236,365 to support their seventy-two-year legacy of raising funds to give back to the local community.  The party exemplified a true Derby Celebration, complete with simulcast wagering throughout the afternoon and Horseshoe Raffle for the Kentucky Derby Race.

The Blu Grotto chef prepared specialty foods and hors d’oeuvres and the open bars featured specialty mint juleps, famous Kentucky bourbon’s and Kentucky Race Day Ale’s.  Shoppers enjoyed a live auction emceed by Big Joe Henry that included a trip to Cabo, Mexico, NYC trip including tickets to “Hello Dolly, starring the Bernadette Peters, four-course dinner and wine pairings for 10 at Blu Grotto’s wine cellar and a Michael Duru Clothiers Custom Men’s Suit!  Maria Tanzola, event co-chair was pleased to lead the traditional male and female hat parade that was judged by Lauren Krieg-Harms, Warren Diamond and Phil Villapiano.

The event honored Michael Duru Clothiers for contributing time, talent and treasure to support many local charities; Thomas Hayes, Director of Customer and Community Relations at New Jersey Natural Gas, for his commitment and leadership, serving on over 20 local charity boards and assisting countless others, where his hard work and dedication strengthens partnerships between charities and the corporate community: and Joseph Roselle as a recognized and beloved philanthropic leader and personal champion in our community.

2018 KY Derby Party
John Lloyd, CEO Meridian Health, Jane Nagel, Phil Villapiano, Honorary Chair

In gratitude for their selfless service, our Military Hero Sponsors underwrite a table of local military and veteran heroes to come as our guests.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Monmouth Park Charity Fund whose mission it is to raise and distribute funds to non-profit agencies throughout Monmouth County.  These agencies provide services for health care, those at risk in the community, and those in need of special services.   Since its inception in 1946, Monmouth Park Charity Fund has distributed over $9,400,000 to over 100 local charities in Monmouth County.

"Monmouth Park Charity Fund's Kentucky Derby Celebration, hosted at Monmouth Park Racetrack, is an exciting way to enjoy the Kentucky Derby while helping to raise funds for the many charities of Monmouth County who care for those in need in our community", stated Maureen Lloyd, Event Chair and President of Monmouth Park Charity Fund Board of Trustees.

Tickets & Sponsorships

Event Sponsor
$25,000

Premier Reserved Seating for 2 tables of 10, two bottles of champagne, concierge service throughout the evening, logo/name on invitation, double-page gold level ad in program, inclusion on website and all social media posts, press coverage and prominent event signage. (Please reserve by March 5, 2018 for inclusion on invitation.)

Buffet Sponsor
$18,000

Premier Reserved Seating for 12 guests, two bottles of champagne, concierge service throughout the evening, double-page silver level ad in program, inclusion on website and all social media posts, press coverage and prominent event signage.

Run for the Roses Sponsor $15,000

Reserved Seating for 10 guests, full page silver level ad in program, inclusion on website and all social media posts, press coverage and prominent event signage.

Mint Julep Sponsor
$10,000

Reserved Seating for 8 guests to event, full page blue level ad in program, on website and prominent event signage.

Winners Circle Sponsor $7,500

Reserved seating for 6 guests to event, full page ad in program, on website and prominent event signage.

Military Hero Sponsor $3,000

Underwrites a table of 10 veterans, wounded warriors or their families to attend event and includes admission for two to the event, signage on Military Hero table and listing in program.

Paddock Sponsor $1,500

Includes admission for two and listing in program.

Individual Ticket $250

Reserved tables of 10 are available if paid in full by May 1, 2018.

Underwriting

Tent Underwriter $15,000

Listing in program, signage at the tent and on website.

Invitation Underwriter $5,000

Listing on the back of invitation, listing in program, on event signage and on website. (Must reserve by March 5th for inclusion on invitation)

Entertainment Underwriter $2,500

Listing in program, on event signage and on website.

Decoration Underwriter $1,500

Centerpiece table signage.