KDF Foundation revives Bootleggers Ball

| January 13, 2011

Members of the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation are reviving the Bootleggers Ball, a fun evening at Wildwood Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 11 p.m.

The 1920s style speakeasy is black tie or period dress. There will be judging of the costumes. Music will be provided by the West Market Street Stompers. You won’t want to miss them.

Maker’s Mark will be on hand for sampling.

Tickets for the dinner and cash bar are $65 per person or $125 per couple and $750 for a corporate table of 10.

Derby Festival Foundation Facts:

  • Since 1998, the foundation has raised more than $500,000 to support more than 40 nonprofit agencies and charitable causes. On average it raises more than $150,000 through the Marathon/mini-Marathon Charity Module benefiting charities throughout Louisville.
  • Over the past five years, the foundation has donated $250,000 to the EveryReach programming, with a goal of having every student reading at grade level by the time they graduate from high school.
  • The foundation awarded $20,000 in savings bonds to the top five finishers in the Derby Festival Spelling Bee. In 2010 Emily Keaton, a fifth-grader at Christ Central School in Pikeville, won the Spelling Bee at the Frazier International History Museum. Keaton, 11, correctly spelled “sclerosis” to win the statewide competition, beating out 56 other contestants. She received a $10,000 savings bond for winning.
  • The Festival has had the honor of the establishment of a permanent Derby Festival exhibit at the newly renovated Kentucky Derby Museum. The exhibit features Derby Festival royal regalia as well as artifacts and a timeline of festival events and history.
  • This year the foundation is producing the Pro Am Golf Tournament and the Academic Challenge. This is the largest quick-recall tournament in the country and will help meet the foundation’s goal to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children.
  • The foundation also has supported groups including WHAS Crusade for Children, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Derek Anderson Foundation and Music Theatre Louisville.
Jamie Rhodes | courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Festival 2011 Derby Princesses: Caitlin Carter, Katie Huber, Trisha Maclin, Laura Don Oliver and Lauren Smith.

Jamie Rhodes | courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Festival 2011 Derby Princesses: Caitlin Carter, Katie Huber, Trisha Maclin, Laura Don Oliver and Lauren Smith.

Derby princesses

The foundation is happy to introduce the 2011 Derby Princesses chosen from more than 100 applicants. This year’s princesses are Caitlin Carter (Western Kentucky University), Katie Huber (University of Louisville Medical School), Trisha Maclin (U of L), Laura Don Oliver (U of L) and Lauren Smith (University of Kentucky).

They will represent the Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Derby Festival. They will attend nearly every official Derby Festival event beginning with the Your Community Bank Derby Festival Poster Premiere on Jan. 13, followed by many more events, including an appearance in the Republic Bank Derby Festival Pegasus Parade on May 5. In addition, they will attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, as well as making visits to schools to discuss the importance of volunteers.

The Derby Festival Queen's crown.

The Derby Festival Queen's crown.

On April 15, one of the five princesses will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen at the annual Fillies Derby Ball held at the Galt House. A registered trademark of the Fillies Inc., the ball has been the kickoff of the Derby Festival since before the modern festival was formed in 1956.

The queen is selected by the traditional spin of the wheel. In her first royal act, the queen will “knight” individuals to the Court of the Pegasus for their contributions to the community.

Each princess will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Derby Festival Foundation).

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