Celebrate the 144th Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as NOCO Unify brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado at RBC Wealth Management’s 9th annual Down & Derby Party, May 5, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Big Red Barn in Highland Meadows. The event benefits charities serving youth in Northern Colorado. This is a 21-and-over event.
What is the Down & Derby Party?
The Down & Derby Party celebrates all the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby. It just happens to do it Colorado style. A live feed of the actual race brings the action to you from the world’s most exciting two minutes in sports! Event proceeds go to benefit NOCO Unify. This year’s primary beneficiaries are: Respite Care, Inc., I Have A Dream Foundation, Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy and The Matthews House. This is a 21-and-over event.
What do I get with my ticket purchase?
All tickets to this must-attend event of the season include the tastiest of Southern fare, beverages, games, and, of course, the traditional Mint Julep as your welcome cocktail (or Champagne). Tickets for the Run for the Roses Raffle, available for purchase at the event, make you eligible to win a variety of tremendous prize packages, including a trip to Louisville for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Live music, dancing and other shenanigans will make you smile all day long. The hat contest is always a fun time. Oh, and there are always a few surprises. You get the idea, right? It’s just a darn fun time.
This year we have two ticket levels: VIP and Patron. In addition to above you receive:
- VIP access to the event: Own private viewing area, own bar, beer, wine and premium cocktails
- Covered and patio seating for VIP only
- VIP restroom
- Royalty treatment with VIP finest eats
- Waitresses for drinks and appetizers
- Event keepsake
- Valet parking
- Entry to the event and access to the general viewing area
- Bars stocked with beer, wine and cocktails available at additional purchase
- Southern-style meal
- Valet parking
How much are tickets?
Tickets are $250/person for VIP access and $125/person for Patron access. Not only do you get great fun with your ticket, but you are helping support some great kids organizations in Northern Colorado! The 2017 event sold out so get your tickets early!
On Saturday, April 7th — from Noon – 4pm at Springhaus in Timnath — we will have our annual Advance Ticket Sale Event (ATSE). Patron tickets will be offered for $100 this day only (normally $125). VIP tickets will be offered at $225 (normally $250). Tickets also will be available for online sale starting at the conclusion of the ATSE (from 4pm-Midnight). Patron tickets will remain discounted online this day only. VIP tickets are only discounted at Springhaus. You will want to plan on making the ATSE to ensure your attendance at the event as tickets sell out – especially the limited VIP tickets.
What is the Advance Ticket Sales Event (ATSE)?
This year’s Advance Ticket Sale Event is on Saturday, April 7th – from Noon-4pm at Springhaus in Timnath. Springhuas wants to spoil you so come see all the fanfare they’ll have going on. On THIS DAY ONLY you can purchase tickets for $100 (regularly $125) for Patron entry and $225 (normally $250) for VIP entry. After the Springhaus event, from 4pm-Midnight, ATSE pricing will also be available online the 7th of April. Patron tickets will still be discounted online April 7th, but VIP tickets are ONLY discounted at Springhaus. After April 7th tickets will be full price.
Can I buy tickets at the door?
The Down & Derby Party has sold out each of the last 6 years. Buy your tickets in advance.
What do I wear?
We’d like to encourage you to wear your best Derby duds. Don’t know what those are? Take a look at the pictures. Of course we’ll take you if you don’t want to get all Derby-dudded up, but give it a try. And, for women, yes, hats are a critical fashion statement.
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I’d like to do more. Can I sponsor the Event?
You bet…We’d be glad to have you! Or, if you’re interested in being a bigger piece of the puzzle, here is the NoCo Unify 2018 Sponsor kit.
What’s the LPR Construction Hat Contest?
Of course, no Kentucky Derby event could be complete without a tribute to proudly worn, traditional, ostentatious headwear. The Best Hat Contest will honor the finest chapeau donned at the party – the bigger and more flamboyant, the better. And, we thank our friends at LPR Construction for proudly sponsoring this event. It’s good to know the guys in hard hats have such a soft heart! In need of a great hat? Try NOCO’s own Cynthia Lee, winner of several official Kentucky Derby hat contests.
What else should I know?
Well, since it is a fundraiser for NOCO Unify, there are great ways for you to help the children. We’ll have raffle tickets for a drawing to the 2019 Kentucky Derby to see it live. There’s an auction for you to bid on great prizes. We are here to raise much-needed funds for underprivileged kids in Northern Colorado. We return to our new favorite location – The Big Red Barn at Highland Meadows.
Where do I park?
There is valet parking at the event and we will have shuttles as well.
Do you provide transportation?
We will have two pick-up/drop-off locations. Check back for details on locations and times.
Be sure to attend the Advance Ticket Sales Event to guarantee you spot at the Down & Derby Party. The ATSE is April 7th from noon-4pm at Springhaus and you can get your Patron tickets for $100 (normally $125) this day only. VIP tickets remain full price at $250. Reduced ticket sales will go online from 4pm-8pm on April 7th as well. After the ATSE is over tickets will go full price. BUY TICKETS »
Do you offer refunds?
The event is a “rain or shine” unless there is a potential public emergency. There are no refunds as this is a non-profit event to raise funds for child-based organizations in NOCO.
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