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2014 Derby Day Gala at Rockledge

One of the best events of the year!

Derby Day Gala

The 6th Annual Derby Day Gala, considered by many, one of Roanoke's great fundraising events, will be held Sat. May 3, 2014, the same day as the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.

What a day it will be! Start getting your seersucker suits and "big hats" ready. We're providing the mint juleps, awesome Kentucky Derby fare, friendly wagering, a very exclusive auction of original fine art and a few other great items, live entertainment, dance floor and more.

Plus the most gorgeous view of the Roanoke Valley. The Derby Day Gala has now officially become one of Roanoke’s social events of the year.

This fabulous event, is a fund-raising event for Mill Mountain Zoo and The Culinary Institute at Virginia Western.

Just dont hear about this event, be a part of it! Capacity is limited so don't miss it. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

VERY IMPORTANT - This year we will shuttle all attendees to Rockledge from the Pick-Up/Drop-Off location at 6 Riverside Circle, Roanoke VA 24016. This is the Parking Garage, directly across the street from the Virginia Tech School of Medicine and Research Institute (off Jefferson Street, just north of Reserve Avenue). Shuttle buses will begin approx. 4:15pm and be available until the last guest departs Rockledge.

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Event Details

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(540) 309-1781 or (540) 343-3241 ext. 25

  • Admission Donation: $100.00 per person (a portion is tax deductible)
  • When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
  • Where: Rockledge (home below Mill Mountain Star)
  • Starts: 4:30 PM
  • Ends: 9:00 PM
  • Beverages: Absolutely! A champagne welcome then a wide selection of wines, beers, a limited bar, and of course Mint Juleps. Two drink tickets are included with admission. Thereafter, drinks are on a cash donation basis (remember it's a fund-raiser).
  • Food: Incredible Derby Fare - including Hors d'oeuvres, action stations, and deserts. Food donated by local businesses, and prepared by the Chefs and students of the Culinary Institute at Virginia Western
  • Live Entertainment: The region's ultimate 80's Party Band - Superhold!
  • Attire: Derby Attire


  • 4:30 PM - Hors devours available, Champagne welcome
  • 4:30 PM - “Lucky Lane” – friendly wagering opens
  • 4:45 PM - Superhold
  • 6:00 PM - Mill Mountain Zoo Presentation
  • 6:10 PM - Best Derby Attired Gentleman and Lady Winners
  • 6:24 PM - Official post time for 140th Kentucky Derby
  • 6:35 PM - “Derby fare” Buffet
  • 6:35 PM - Superhold
  • 7:30 PM - Derby Day Auction
  • 8:00 PM - Superhold

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