For the past few years, calendar qualms have forced in-the-know young professionals to choose between two fabulous parties that support two worthy causes. But this year, Center for BrainHealth’s Think Ahead Group (TAG) and Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy heard our cries and hosted their Derby soirées accordingly.
Inspired by the May 5 date, TAG party planners Lindsay Gehan, Kristen Carter, and Kendal Kramer decided a rebrand was in order, and Cinco de Derby was born. Stylish philanthropists took full advantage of the dual-themed event. Derby-loving gents suited up in pastel blazers and coordinating bow ties, while the ladies donned sundresses and head-turning fascinators. Those embracing the Mexican twist opted for embroidered frocks, guayaberas, and sombreros.
The chefs at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens whipped up plenty of Southern fare with a Tex-Mex twist, including bacon-wrapped jalapeño-stuffed chicken tenders, street tacos, truffle mac and cheese balls, and a dessert bar featuring churros drizzled with chocolate sauce. On the drinks side, margaritas, mint juleps, and rosé wine were all on offer.
After bidding on dozens of silent auction items — such as a custom suit from SuitSupply, a private wine tasting for 10 at Times Ten Cellars, an American Airlines Center sports package, and diamond earrings from Petra Jewelry — partygoers hit the dance floor with DJ Greg Anderson mixing the tunes. A photo booth from Plush Photo Pod added to the fun with colorful props and quirky signs. Spotted in the crowd were Sadie Fitzpatrick, Willie Stewart, Molly McEaddy, Heinrich Oosthuizen, Maggie and Stephen Richman, Claire and Ben Davis, Kevin Johnson, Reaghan Belfour, Melanie Wilcox, and Kristen Barton.
The Think Ahead Group (TAG) is comprised of young professionals who raise funds to support the Center for BrainHealth. Since its inception in 2009, TAG has donated more than $280,000 in support of research and programs focused on brain injury, brain disease, and healthy brain function.