VIRGINIA BEACH - Staff and volunteers are exercising their horses, mowing turf, and gathering ribbons and feathers, all to put the finishing touches on Seton Youth Shelters' 14th annual Kentucky Derby Celebration, A Silks & Irons Soiree, to be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 5-10p.m. at Back Bay Farms in Virginia Beach.
The unique fundraising event takes its name from 'silks', the colorful clothing worn by jockeys, with colors representing the race horse's owner or trainers, and 'Irons', the part of a saddle stirrup which contains the rider's foot. From authentic mint juleps to a ladies' hat contest to live turf horse races, to a live, giant screen broadcast of the 139th 'Run for the Roses' at Churchill Downs, A Silks & Irons Soiree gives a special nod to the triple crown race held each year in Louisville, Kentucky while meeting critical needs of youth in Hampton Roads. Guests may arrive in their own festive Derby headgear, or purchase a hand-decorated hat when they arrive at the event. Organizers' plan to offer 20 hand-decorated hats available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the event. Purchased hats are also eligible for entry in the Ladies' Hat Contest, which takes place mid-way during the event.
Since 1999, Seton Youth Shelters has brought together horses, hats and hundreds of the area's most festive and philanthropically-minded guests for a spring celebration of all things 'Derby' to benefit its shelter and street outreach programs, which reach tens of thousands of Hampton Roads' youth each year.
Financial support of this ultra-special event raises funds for Seton's prevention, intervention, shelter and counseling to youth 9-17 in crisis and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge to the child or their family. Seton Youth Shelters is the region's only organization devoted exclusively to providing shelter, counseling and outreach services to youth 9-17.