Pequot Library is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our guests, staff, and volunteers. To keep everyone safe, we will not be hosting this year’s Derby Day fundraiser on our Great Lawn. We hope you will join us for a re-imagined online fundraiser on September 5, 2020.
Derby Day: Re-Imagined
Just because we can’t meet doesn’t mean you can’t win a treat! We are making plans to transform our on-site festivities into a virtual celebration that captures the spirit of this one-of-a-kind fundraiser on Saturday, September 5, 2020, featuring our popular 50-50 raffle and an online auction with items from our generous event sponsors and supporters. Details to follow.
Why Derby Day Matters
Pequot Library’s fundraising events raise 22% of our operating revenue. Proceeds from tickets, tailgates, and raffles provide the much-needed, unrestricted funds that support the day-to-day life of the Library.
When you support fundraisers like Derby Day, you help raise the capital that supports our robust calendar of exhibitions, storytimes, author talks, workshops, concerts, and educational programming offered for free to community members of all ages all year long.
If you purchased tickets or a tailgate . . .
Option 1: You can choose to donate the cost of your ticket or tailgate to benefit Pequot Library.
By donating, you help Pequot Library offset the tremendous loss of income from fundraisers that have been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. With your support, we will be able to continue offering high-quality library services, programs, and exhibitions for free to patrons of all ages. Thank you!
To donate the cost of your ticket/tailgate, please contact us by email or call (203) 259-0346 ext. 113 by July 3, 2020.
When you donate, you will automatically be entered to win JetBlue airline tickets!
One lucky donor will win:
2 roundtrip tickets from JetBlue Airlines
Valid through May 12, 2022
Drawing will be held July 15, 2020.
Option 2: You can request a refund for your ticket or tailgate.
If you would like us to provide you with a refund, please contact us by email or call (203) 259-0346 ext. 113 by July 3, 2020.
Still want to support Pequot Library?
You can make an additional donation to Pequot Library’s Annual Appeal to help us meet our goal by June 30, 2020. Your generosity can help us raise 100% of the funds we need to continue providing books, programs, and educational experiences for the entire community.
Save the Date | Derby Day 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
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.
$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
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!
Exclusive Media Sponsor