The horses may be running at “my old Kentucky home,” but the ‘ritas will be flowing for the 8th Annual Think Ahead Group Cinco de Derby Party at the Arboretum’s Camp House on Saturday, May 5. To get the momentum rolling, BrainHealth Tagger Co-Chairs Kristen Carter and Kendal Kramer kicked off the double celebration of the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, March 22, at Mary and Neil Dorflinger‘s home. Here’s a report from the field:
In preparation for the 8th annual Think Ahead Group Cinco de Derby Party on Saturday, May 5, young professionals like Carlton Adams, Sarah Branch, Lauren and Chad Rockwell, Chandler Storer, Lizzy Miller, Emily Olander, Cody O’Steen, Erin Shrewsbury, Peyton and Andre Dowd, Ben and Claire Davis, Josh Oswald, Bethany Voss, Katie Canon, Hayes Stewart and Laura Weisiger flocked to Devonshire for sips, snacks and salsa dancing lessons the evening of Thursday, March 22. The kick-off party, dubbed ‘Ritas at the Races, was graciously hosted and underwritten by the Mary and Neil Dorflinger.
After grabbing a margarita, some texmex favorites, and soaking in the beautiful view of the Dorflinger’s backyard, guests heard a few quick remarks from Cinco de Derby Co-Chairs Kristen Carter and Kendal Kramer. Everyone then gathered for an impressive group photo, captured by photographer Jason Voinov, before Salsa Dallas heated up the party with their moves. Those brave enough to give salsa dancing a try made their way to the dance area while others watched, giggled and supported from the sidelines.
In previous years, the kick-off party was exclusive for TAG members and focused on prepping the Derby invitations for mailing. This year, since they’re already shaking things up by infusing a Cinco de Mayo twist into the Kentucky Derby theme, the party planners followed suit with the kick-off event by welcoming anyone interested in learning more about the group and the upcoming fundraiser. It proved to be a smart move (as it ought to be, given they promote brain health), with high attendance and several ticket sales for the evening.
Those that missed out on the fun at ‘Ritas at the Races still have an opportunity to purchase tickets for Cinco de Derby, sponsored by Sewell. Entry is $67 for TAG members and $87 for nonmembers and can be purchased at www.501auctions.com/TAGCincoDeDerby or at the door, so long as it is not sold out. From 4 p.m. to 8 p..m., guests can expect all the fun of the kick-off party and then some, such as a silent auction, open bar, lawn games, photo ops with a horse and more – all at the Alex Camp House at the Dallas Arboretum. Proceeds will fund the Center for BrainHealth’s high-performance brain training program and mindfulness training for the Dallas Police Department.
* Photo credit: Jason Voinov