BOSTON –The Kentucky Derby, a major horseracing event, is the occasion for get-togethers and celebratory parties and this year is no exception as a major fundraiser takes place on Saturday, May 7th to benefit Boston Cares at the Back Bay’s Carrie Nation Cocktail Lounge on Beacon St. from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
You’ll want to wear your favorite Derby duds to this party to take part in the “best dressed” contest! The fundraiser is the fifth such annual event to benefit Boston Cares, Volunteering for a Greater Boston, and is hosted by Steve Trotta, a board member. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s program which connects 25,000-plus – yes, 25,000! – volunteers with more than 165 local non-profit agencies and schools to achieve the goal of improving Greater Boston communities.
The general admission tickets, on sale at a limited time pre-sale price of $50 until April 29th, may be purchased at the door for $75.
But you won’t want to wait to reserve your exclusive Mint Julep and Champagne Bucket today. The $100 Juleps are served in commemorative copper cups and the $100 bottles of champagne will be sabered for you. They are offered through the generous donations of Woodford Reserve and G.H. Mumm and are not included in admission. The Julep is made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, the official bourbon of the Derby, and a special bourbon infused vanilla sugar.
All proceeds benefit the work of Boston Cares and limited quantities are available. As for the Champagne, G.H. Mumm, official champagne sponsor of the Derby, is donating bottles of their classic Cordon Rouge champagne for $100 along with memorabilia champagne flutes and buckets. A special Kentucky Derby libation with the prestigious champagne will be served and includes a commemorative champagne flute. Sponsorship packages include the Winners Circle ($1,000), for a reserved table for six, six event tickets, 12 drink tickets, a half page ad in the program and a featured listing on the event website. $700 of the donation is tax deductible. A second Run for the Roses package includes a reserved table for four, four event tickets, eight drink tickets, and a featured listing in the program and on the event website, and $300 is tax deductible. You can check out all the details at https://www.bostoncares.org/derby.
Boston Cares is a major fundraising group with volunteers taking part in such projects as:
*planting community gardens,
* serving meals to the homeless,
* painting community centers,
* tutoring children,
* GED prep for adults,
* ushering at cultural performances,
and much, much more.
It is the largest volunteer action center in New England and has a specialized Hands at Work program that offers a Youth/Teen & Family Program a program providing volunteer projects that school-age youngster can enjoy as a group or with their families. For volunteers looking to delve deeper into current events and issues affecting the community, TeamWorks lets volunteers work on a Youth/Teen & Family Program, providing volunteer projects that school-age children can enjoy as a group or with their families. For volunteers looking to delve deeper into current events and issues affecting the community, TeamWorks offers a way to work on themed projects and explore community issues A Corps program offers the opportunity to help become tutors in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, adult basic technology training clinics, and school age students. Other areas include learning to help in disaster relief projects with emergency response programs, and more.
Separately, other festive Derby Day parties will take place in the South End at Boston Chops which plans to offer a 3rd annual Pig Roast, prizes for best hat and best dress, cocktails and of course, the race itself from 4 to 7 p.m. Check it out at Eventbrite. Another is planned at Liquid Art House in the Back Bay. Call the restaurant at 617- 457-8130 for full details.