Above / The Derby Party again will heighten awareness for the race against homelessness when pretty one-of-a-kind hats are donned with a spirit of generosity for Hesed House. One suggestion is to pair a solid print dress and a large hat with colorful springtime flowers and a polka dot ribbon. Polka dot attire is a popular tradition at the Derby.

The party with a cause for all ages, 21-plus!

From 3PM to 10PM Sat., May 5, the 7th Annual Derby Party to benefit Hesed House is slated to highlight the “Run for the Roses” at the Embassy Suites in Naperville. (Note: The “formal” part of the party is from 4 to 6:30PM. Live music for dancing begins at 7PM.)

What’s often deemed “the most exciting two minutes in sports” in Louisville, Kentucky, has been turned into an entire afternoon and evening event with a track record of good times for a good cause in Naperville, Illinois.

Whether longtime thoroughbred racing fans or novices to the event, the spacious setting will welcome cheering revelers to sample Southern style and hospitality reminiscent of Churchill Downs as they sing along to “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Then tune in to watch the action live on the huge screens at 4:30PM. Be sure to in attendance at 4:30PM.

Race against homelessness

Timed to celebrate with friends the victory of one horse in the Kentucky Derby, a 3-year-old thoroughbred that aspires to go on to win the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown, the fashionable event is a race of another sort, too. It’s a race against homelessness when pretty one-of-a-kind hats brighten and heighten awareness with a spirit of giving for Hesed House. The Hesed House mission is to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again.”

Raffles, a silent auction and a live auction will offer many attractive prizes from local merchants, all to benefit Hesed House, a national model for ending homelessness – one person, one family at a time.      

The Derby Party is open to the public with advance reservations.

Tickets are $150 per person/open seating and $1,500/reserved table of 10. A portion of every reservation is tax deductible under current tax law.

For reservations, call Michelle Kallevik, Director of Development at (630) 914-6428. 

Emcee Ray Kinney will pull out all the stops for a day at the races with fun, frolic and fundraising. Plan to play and bet the ranch for Hesed House!

Enjoy the Derby Diva Hat Contest with a Mint Julep

Every guest is welcomed to enter the popular Derby Diva Hat Contest, a time when men and women can show off the stuff on top of their head for fun, prizes and bragging rights.  (If hats aren’t your style, that’s OK. Other folks will arrive without hats, too. )

Derby Tips

Get to know the names of thoroughbreds that may be contenders in the 2018 Derby. Watch the trials of Justify, Mendelssohn, Audible, Magnum Moon, Good Magic, Bolt d’Oro,  Hofburg , Solomini, Enticed, My Boy Jack, Noble Indy, Quip, Flameaway, Free Drop Billy, Runaway Ghost, Gronkowski, Bravazo, Combatant, Lone Sailor, Promises Fulfilled, Instilled Regard and Title Ready.

More than 127,000 Mint Juleps are served every year at Churchill Downs. Does anyone keep track in Naperville?

Go with a little knowledge and a sure bet to enjoy the day at the races while helping Hesed House set a record.

For complete details about the event, silent and live auction items, making reservations or becoming a Derby Party sponsor, visit www.hesedhouse.org  or call (630) 914-6428. 

Embassy Suites Hilton – Chicago Naperville is located at 1823 Abriter Ct., just north of Diehl Road.

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