We have our fair share of horses in South Florida. But if you go north and west, you hit prime horse country, Florida-style. International polo, training, breeding and riding – we almost have it all. But, we don’t have derbies.
Derbies are decidedly different animals that require large gatherings of pomp and circumstance, special drinks and hats. On June 7, the Belmont Stakes will take place in Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The third and final leg of the Triple Crown in horse racing, the annual Belmont Stakes is a 1.5-mile, American grade horse race open to thoroughbreds only. Eight million dollars are in play on the races. Exciting stuff.
So exciting that the Crockett Foundation decided to create a spin-off derby party in Fort Lauderdale. We will be breaking out our hats (a derby is a hat) at the 2nd annual Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party on June 7, 2014, from 5–9 p.m. at O-Lounge (333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301) and Vibe nightclub (301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301), adjacent to YOLO restaurant.
The event will benefit the nonprofit Crockett Foundation’s “School is Cool” program, focusing on improving literacy among middle school students. The Crockett Foundation is led by Henri Crockett, a native of Pompano Beach, Fla. and former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings; and his brother Zach Crockett, a retired NFL player and current scout for the Oakland Raiders.
Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party guests will enjoy interactive entertainment, D.J. music, celebrity bartenders, and “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” contests, along with raffles, derby squares and a silent auction. Audi Coral Springs’ latest luxury cars will be showcased. The attire is derby chic, dah-ling.
For just $100, you can be a VIP who receives:
- One admission to the Celebrity VIP O-Lounge
- Designated VIP open bar
- Designated VIP chef’s specialty unlimited hors d’oeuvres
- VIP sweets station by Sweet Serving
- One free play for Belmont Raffle ticket for chance to win door prize
Individual tickets, priced at $40 per ticket pre-sale (by June 6), or $50 per ticket at the door, include:
- One general admission to Vibe nightclub; two complimentary drink tickets and complimentary hors d’oeuvres
Are you ready to derby? For tickets or sponsorships, contact the Crockett Foundation at (954) 200-1924 or www.crockettfoundation.org. The Crockett Foundation is a 501(c)(3), and 75 percent of the ticket price is tax deductible.