Derby Day Fundraiser

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September 5 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm


We can’t have a Derby Party without a Derby, now can we?! Churchill Downs has postponed the Kentucky Derby until September 5, 2020 and we will be as ready as ever to celebrate the Run for the Roses!

  • Tickets purchased for May 5 will be honored for September 5.
  • If you are unable to attend on September 5, we can refund if necessary.
  • You can also donate the value of your ticket to the Library to help support library programming (the party is a fundraiser, after all!).
Any questions can be directed to Caroline Crawford.

Derby Day Fundraiser: A Party With a Purpose
This event is Pequot Library’s second largest fundraiser, supporting our general operating expenses and allowing Pequot Library to offer a robust calendar of exhibitions, storytimes, author talks, workshops, concerts, and educational programming for community members of all ages.

We are grateful for your continued support of Pequot Library and your understanding as we shift this event to the fall, following the lead of Churchill Downs and the recommendations of Town and State leaders to reschedule all large group gatherings. We hope these efforts will help to safeguard our community and “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections.

On Sale Now! Purchase here.
$500  Tailgate, including 4 Party Guest tickets
$100  Party Guest
$50  After-party only

All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Event takes place rain or shine.
This event is exclusively for guests 21 and over.


Celebrate the running of the 146th Kentucky Derby with an afternoon of big hats, cold drinks, tasty food, and good friends for a great cause!

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Derby Tailgate Party on the Great Lawn
Kentucky fare
Derby Raffles
Bourbon Wall
6:50 p.m.
Watch “The Run for the Roses” on the big screen in the Auditorium and under the tent on the Great Lawn
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
After Party sponsored by Kate Cacciatore and Shake Shack

Derby Day Bucks
On Sale Now! Purchase here.
$5 per ticket  Sold in books of 5, 10, or 20.

SAVE TIME ON DERBY DAY! Purchase your Derby Day Bucks ahead of time and pick them up when you check in at the event, with your name already filled in.

Use these Bucks in many ways on Derby Day: to bid on raffle items, vote for your favorite horses to win, vote for your favorite tailgate, and buy bourbon at the bourbon wall.

These tickets are all you need to participate in every way on Derby Day. Get them now!

Contests & Games
Best Tailgate (Win, Place, and Show), Best Hat, Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman, PLUS lawn games!

Help us put the “fun” in fundraiser! Join us as a volunteer.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this important fundraiser!

After-Party Sponsor

Exclusive Media Sponsor











September 5
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT 06890 United States
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(203) 259-0346


Caroline Owens Crawford
(203) 259-0346 ext. 113


Room Location
Auditorium, Great Lawn


Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT 06890 United States
+ Google Map
(203) 259-0346