Denim to Diamonds Kentucky Derby Party

We hope to see you at Townsite Topeka on Saturday, August 20 for the Denim to Diamonds Kentucky Derby Party, the annual gala to benefit Topeka’s Ronald McDonald House. We’re gathering in person for the first time since 2019, which means it’s no time to be understated – start shopping now for your bold Derby attire – bright colors & big hats! The attached flyer includes more event details. 

Tickets & tables for 10 are now on sale at Kentucky Derby Party Tickets. Prices are the same as in 2019: tickets are $75/each, a table for 10 is $700. We’ve also added an exclusive pre-event this year limited to just 100 attendees: the Kentucky Derby VIP Lounge, which runs from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Townsite 16 (formerly known as “Top of the Tower”). Your $50 VIP Lounge ticket secures you not only incredible views of downtown Topeka, but it also comes with valet parking, VIP-only auction items, amazing door prizes, three signature bourbon cocktails created by Mixologist Aaron Zentner, champagne and charcuterie, and many other special offerings only for VIP attendees. Click here for tickets or more details: Kentucky Derby Party Tickets.

Doors for the Kentucky Derby Party open at 5:00 pm. It is sure to be a night to remember, kicking off with a cocktail party hosted by Cumulus Media’s Danielle Norwood & Shawn Knight. Attendees will be treated to delicious appetizers, unlimited servings of champagne & our signature drink – the mint julep, two additional drink tickets, a Best Dressed Fashion Show Competition, and fun games with prizes galore! You won’t want to miss out on the traditional Diamonds by Design Diamond Ring Raffle, Beer & Dessert Boards. New this year is the Whiskey Board with 25 bottles of good whiskey up for grabs.

Dinner & Program: You’ll enjoy a delectable spread of classic southern cuisine followed by our gala program emceed by KSNT’s McKenzi Davis & David George. Program highlights include introduction of the 2022-2023 RMHC Family of the Year, the Share-a-Night & Live Auctions, and discovering the winner of the amazing diamond ring in the Diamonds by Design Diamond Jewelry Raffle. The diamond raffle has a new, unique spin this year thanks to the original bank safety deposit boxes still living inside the Townsite ballroom. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes for the DJ Dance After Party. It’ll keep things hopping until 11:30 pm, when the fun night of fundraising will close out for another year.

As always, our virtual silent auction will open early – on Friday, August 6 – and will feature hundreds of great items for budgets large and small. We’ll be sharing the auction link soon. We’re also handpicking 10 of the best items for the live auction taking place at the Kentucky Derby Party gala, so there’s yet another reason to join in the fun at Townsite on August 20. We are so excited to be all together again in person, sipping mint juleps and raising funds for Topeka’s Ronald McDonald House. Please join us!

Schedule of Events:
Registration                         4:30 – 5:30 pm
Cocktail Party                      5:00 – 6:30 pm
Dinner & Program               6:45 – 9:00 pm
DJ Dance After Party           9:00 – 11:30 pm