If you happen to be visiting the Foothills Farmer's Market or one of Uptown Shelby's many stores or restaurants on Saturday morning, April 13, 2019, don't be surprised if you see a group of well-attired folks, complete with hats and bow-ties. If you see this nattily clad group, you will be witnessing the second annual "Walking Fashion Show" sponsored by The Banker's House (TBH) to publicize the non-profit organization's upcoming Kentucky Derby Party, set for Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 4:30 - 9 p.m.
Miss Molly's and Floosie Girls boutiques will provide the clothing for the models, and makeup and salon services will be provided by Halcyon Salon.
"We had so much fun last year with the walking fashion show that we decided to do it again," says Megan Pope, director of events at The Banker's House. "We will be handing out 'Save the Date' cards for the Banker's House's second annual Kentucky Derby party, and we really hope to reach a lot of people and to encourage them to purchase their tickets for this wonderful and unique event."
Most of the proceeds from the Kentucky Derby Party will go to provide two weeks of summer camps at the Banker's House for local students.
"Last year 24 rising fifth graders participated, and it was just such a hit with the campers," says Carolyn Jackson, executive director of TBH. "We plan to make this an annual event that will allow us to give back to the community."
The Kentucky Derby is often called "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," a nickname received from the approximate length of time it takes the winner to gallop from the starting gate to the finish line. Participants at this year's TBH Kentucky Derby party will be able to view the race on numerous large-screen TVs while enjoying a traditional mint julip along with hors d'oeuvres and an authentic Kentucky Derby dinner spread.
The theme for this year's party is "Derby Down." Attendees will be able to purchase "Banker's Bucks" that will allow them to enter to win a wide variety of gifts and prizes. Lawn games such as croquet, giant Jenga, corn hole and ladder golf will also add to the festive atmosphere.
"We really hope folks will come out and have a fun evening at our beautiful property," says Jackson. "This will be a great night of laughter and excitement, and the proceeds will go to make the summer more fun for some of our area children."
The Banker's House is located at 319 North Lafayette St. in Shelby. For more information about TBH or the Kentucky Derby party, visit www.TheBankersHouse.org. To purchase tickets, follow the links on the web page or call 980-404-0096.
By April Hoyle-Shauf Special to Community First Media