The Annual Kentucky Derby Gala is the HOPE Foundation’s signature event. The gala is held on the Friday evening preceding the Kentucky Derby. The evening starts off with a cocktail hour and live entertainment from a local well renowned musician. A gourmet dinner is catered by one of Springfield’s most elite chefs and appeals to even the most distinct of palates. Guests will be treated to customary and complimentary mint juleps and a variety of beers on tap. A cash bar is fully stocked with wine and mixed drinks. The capstone to the event is the breathtaking horse presentation provided by ChriShan Park Arabians. Live and silent auction items are available for bid, many items are one of a kind treasures, or unforgettable trips of a lifetime. And of course, no Derby celebration would be complete without a hat competition! The Annual Kentucky Derby Gala is quickly becoming one of Springfield’s leading events. Guests thoroughly enjoy themselves while raising money for a mission that serves individuals in the local community. Sponsors will be provided with advertising and donation receipts. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any questions or concerns about sponsorships, or the event itself.