Kentucky Derby Museum to Hold Annual Gala


Sarah Andrew

The Kentucky Derby Museum is proceeding with arrangements for its annual gala, which raises funds for the non-profit organization and had to be canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by Central Bank & Trust Co, the Friday, Apr. 23 event will feature an evening of dinner and dancing, all held safely under COVID-19 protocols.

This marks the 34th year for the event, which is the museum's largest annual fundraising effort.

“Kentucky Derby 147 is on, and so is our gala,” said Patrick Armstrong, president & CEO of the Derby Museum. “This decision was made carefully and with much discussion between museum staff and our Board of Directors. It has been a tough year financially for the museum, like many other non-profit organizations. But tourism is slowly bouncing back. We are seeing a nice flow of guests through the museum daily, and feel that people are ready to safely celebrate the Kentucky Derby.”

Money raised through ticket sales helps support the museum's curatorial and educational programs. Tickets, tables, and sponsorship packages are available at or by contacting Sheridan Gates at [email protected]

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