The Derby Day Soiree is not far away!

The Derby Day Soiree is coming May 4, 2019! It's the club's largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised go back to the local and global community providing dictionaries for students, scholarships, veteran mentoring services, the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course, the Junior & Senior High Service Above Self Fair, the Rafiki Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, three water wells in Ethiopia and much more. Each year the club gives back more than $250,000 in aid.
As a member of the Club, there are three things you can do NOW to support this yearly fundraiser.
1. Become a Sponsor
The single most effective way to support our event is to become a sponsor. Sponsors receive a table at the event as well as recognition in all marketing materials and at the event. 
Available sponsorship levels include:
  • Superfecta $2,500
  • Trifecta $2,000
  • Table Sponsors $1,000
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Amanda Bowen: (440) 781-2018‬ or
Do you know an individual or business who would like to sponsor the event? Download our Sponsorship package:
2. Donate an item to the Auction

The Derby Day Soiree consists of a live and silent auction to raise funds for the Columbus Rotary Foundation. 

Successful auction items to consider include:

  • Travel accommodations (hotel stays, airline miles or tickets, exclusive packages)

  • Experiences (skydiving, regional experience packages, spa day)

  • Dining experiences (dinner with the chef, tastings, cooking classes)

  • Tickets & Tours (lessons or classes, memberships, “backstage access”, local concerts)

  • Sports & Athletics (college or professional tickets, autographed memorabilia, passes or

    memberships, Tailgating experiences)

  • Tangible items (electronics, gift baskets, wine & liquor, specialty artwork)

Do you have something to donate? Contact Halle Markwas: (330) 317-2148 or

Do you know an individual or business with an item to donate? Download our Auction flyer:

3. Buy your Tickets and Tables before they are gone!

The Derby Day Soiree promises a fun filled evening with fellow Rotarians, family and friends. Your ticket includes:
  • Heavy hors d'ouevres, including Kentucky Hot Browns

  • 2 drink tickets (Watershed will be serving signature drinks including Mint Juleps!)

  • Live streaming of the 145th Kentucky Derby

  • Race day bidding opportunities

  • A silent &  live auction

  • Music

  • Fellowship, and more!

Buy your individual or couple tickets, or share the event with co-workers, clients or colleagues by buying a table. Tickets are limited, so get yours today!

P.S. We'll be sending out a Save the Date email for you to send to family and friends in a couple weeks. Watch your inbox for it!
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