Derby day in Dallas means one thing for young professionals: parties, parties and more parties. And Lee Park Junior Conservancy exceeded all expectations during its seventh annual Day at the Races — themed, appropriately, “Lucky Number 7.”
Harry, the official Day at the Races horse, was there to greet charitable YPs upon arrival at Lee Park. And while attendees sipped mint juleps and champagne, Good Morning Texas’ Jane McGarry and Lee Park patron Judy Pittman scanned the crowd of seersucker suits and larger-than-life hats, looking for best-dressed contenders.
Before the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” hungry attendees filled up at the build-your-own biscuit bar and gathered around the television to cheer on their picks. Guests — including Carmaleta Whiteley, Allison MacNealy, Jason Treu, Linda Snorina, Michelle and Chris Cummings, Scott Turner, Dean Driver, Blake Eltis, Aaron Carroll, Lori Lesniewski, Carey Barnes, John Willding, Sue Krider, and Laura Sparkman — were momentarily transported to Kentucky thanks to the elegant derby decor designed specifically for the event by Todd Events and Sandone Productions.
Once American Pharoah ran away with this year’s title, guests celebrated the victory with entertainment by Jordan Kahn Music Company and hand-rolled cigars.
Proceeds benefited the Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy, which helps to renovate, conserve and further develop the park so that Dallasites can continue to see it for the scenic, urban green gem that it is.