2nd Annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party is a Success
Though it was a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, the weather couldn’t have been better in Memphis for the celebration of the 2nd Annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party: a fundraising event benefiting Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy. Southern Reins, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Memphis, TN, hosted the event on Saturday, May 6, 2017, to celebrate the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, raising funds and awareness for its program. Honorary chairs Mike and Donna Glenn welcomed 1,200 guests to the sold-out social event of the year that featured big hats, bourbon, and bluegrass. Southern Reins program horses Candy and Otie greeted guests as they arrived, and Longreen Foxhounds represented in style and sophistication in their pinks on the lawn.
During the event, Southern Reins announced its newest program initiative, Equine Services for Heroes. The program partnership with Alpha Omega Veterans Services will provide therapeutic riding and equine activities to active, reserve, and retired military personnel who have been physically or mentally injured in the line of duty. Derby winner Always Dreaming raised cheers among the crowd as he crossed the finish line in the first race of the Triple Crown, and guests were dressed to the nines and turned out in style and enjoy signature Woodford Reserve mint juleps, live music by The River Bluff Clan, a live auction and art auction, games on the lawn, southern style food and the grand finale; the live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. The live auction highlight featured an exclusive hunting trip that raised an incredible $32,000 bid! Southern Reins’ participants Kaitlyn, Rhett, Annie, and Camille were center stage during the live auction action and enjoyed the event with their parents as program ambassadors.
Hosted once again at a private southern estate on Shady Grove Road in Memphis, Jockeys & Juleps is the signature event fundraiser for Southern Reins to support its program services. Southern Reins currently serves 70 people with disabilities each week, and that number continues to grow. “This event is our largest fundraiser of the year, and it supports operational expenses so we can expand our services,” says Southern Reins’ Chairman, Kirby Dobbs Floyd. “We are so very fortunate to have experienced such incredible growth in a short amount of time, and we are beyond grateful to this generous community for their support and passion for the incredible work we are doing.”
Jockeys & Juleps was greatly supported by Presenting Sponsor, FTB Advisors, as well as major sponsors Dobbs Management Service and Lexus. Additional sponsors included Cindy and Edward Dobbs and Greensquare Capital, Bryan and Kim Jordan, Donna and Mike Glenn, Sousoulas-Johnston, Oak Hall, Athens Distributing/Woodford Reserve, LSI, Fox-13 Family Focus, Cushman 7 Wakefield, Fifth Third Bank, Jordan River Advisors, Strategic Behavioural Health, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Anne and Mike Keeney, Billy and Tommie Dunavant, Blue Moon Bedding, Garden District, Boyle Investment Company, Carlisle Corp, CBIZ, Chuck Hutton Chevrolet and Chuck Hutton Toyota, Collier Insurance, Deborah Dunklin Tipton, DirectFX Solutions, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Elliott-Sellers-Truitt-Trenary Families, Evolve Bank & Trust, HealthChoice, Hollis & Burns, Home Surety Title and Escrow, IBERIABANK, Jim Keras Automotive, Judy McLellan and The JudyMac Team, Kim and Collie Lowrance, Looney Ricks Kiss, Mimi and Jim Taylor, Montgomery Martin Contracting, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Regional One Health, Regions, Reliant Investment Management, Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck, Richard and Karen Nichol, ServisFirst Bank, The Kimery Group at Morgan Stanley, Titan Distributing, Wells Fargo, Will and Angie Deupree, Jenne and Tom Williams, Annabeth and Mark Parker/UBS, Jeanne and Paulo Aur, Barnett General Contractors, Brigance-Dionne Family, Chromatic Change, Astor Fine Builders, Hollywood Feed, Konika Minolta/The Live Love Memphis Group at RE/MAX, Makowsky Millinery, Mirror Mirror Salon & Blowout Bar, Anne and Thayne Muller, Pahlow-Sammons Party, SouthernSun Asset Management, The Dabney Nursery, Watkins Uiberall PLLC, and Wesberry-Carlisle-Glassman-Stimac. Southern Reins is also appreciative to its live auction, art auction and online auction donors, as well as the food donors who did not disappoint with their delicious derby fare.