Derby Party

May 6 2017, 4:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

A multi group event with Dare Education Foundation and Beach Food Pantry.KY-derby-party


4:00- 8:00 p.m. – Kentucky Derby Party

  • Individual General Admission $80
  • VIP Ticket (per person) $125 (doors open at 3pm for VIPs)
  • Tables of 8 persons $1,000

Proceeds benefit The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry, Dare Education Foundation

The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contests and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live. For tickets, call 252-473-3234.

The event will take place on the Great Lawn (doors open at 3pm for VIP and Corporate ticketholders).

Food stations by caterers Lone Cedar Café, Café Lachine and the Salt Box will be set up on the lawn for a buffet-style sit-down dinner.

Derby Buffet Menu:


  • Southern Fired Pecan Chicken
  • NC Pulled BBQ
  • Green Salad
  • Whipped Sweet Potatoes
  • Seasonal Summer Medley
  • Roasted Green Beans
  • Hot Browns
  • Assorted Desserts


Before the big race, attendees can also enjoy:

  • Silent auction
  • Fashionable hat auction with hats “fashionably” styled by local businesses (the hat designers bringing in the highest bid will win a floating trophy and be automatically welcomed as VIP guests at the 2018 derby)
  • A Derby Hat Contest for party attendees (categories include Most Creative, Most Colorful and Best Overall),
  • Keepsake Photo Booth with hats and accessories.

A live auction and award ceremony to announce the winners of these contest will be held before the big race.

AND OF COURSE, THE’RE’S THE DERBY RACE, streamed live on large screens.

Place bet’s on the winning stallion with our derby “Horse Bucks.” Winners will receive a variety of prizes based on their luck in the race.

Our first annual Kentucky Derby Party – sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty –will raise funds for three great local organizations: the Dare Education Foundation, the Beach Food Pantry and The Elizabethan Gardens.

3:00 p.m. – VIP Guests Arrive, Photo Booth Open

4:00 p.m. – General Admission Guests Arrive

5:30 p.m. – Official Welcome, My Old Kentucky, Bugle Player,  Chair Welcome, Committee Recognition

5:30 p.m. – Live Auction Begins

6:00 p.m. – 1st Set of Silent Auction Tables Close, Close out Horse Bucks- Horse Racing

6:15 p.m. – 2nd Set of Silent Auction Tables Close

6:30 p.m. – 3rd Set of Silent Auction Tables Close

6:30 p.m. – Final Words/ Derby Race

8:00 p.m. – Conclusion of the Event

Sponsorships Available

Can’t attend but still want to support these organizations? Consider a donation. Use the link below:

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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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