In recent years, the scruples of the calendar have forced young, informed professionals to choose between two fabulous evenings that support two noble causes. But this year, the Center for BrainHealth’s Think Ahead Group (TAG) and Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy have heard our cries and organized their Derby nights to match.
Inspired by the date of May 5th, party planners TAG Lindsay Gehan, Kristen carter, and Kendal kramer decided that a rebranding was in order, and Derby Cinco was born. Stylish philanthropists took full advantage of the dual-themed event. The men who love derbies dressed in pastel blazers and matching bow ties, while the ladies donned sundresses and head-turning fascinators. Those who embrace the Mexican touch have opted for embroidered dresses, guayaberas and sombreros.
The cooks of Restaurant and Gardens Marie Gabrielle concocted many Southern dishes with a Tex-Mex twist, including bacon-wrapped jalapeño-stuffed chicken fillets, street tacos, truffle macaroni and cheese balls, and a dessert bar with churros drizzled in sauce chocolate. As for drinks, margaritas, mint juleps and rosé wine were there.
After wagering on dozens of silent auction items – like a custom suit from SuitSupply, a private 10-person wine tasting at Times Ten Cellars, an American Airlines Center sports package, and diamond earrings from Petra Jewelry – revelers hit the dance floor with DJ Greg Anderson mix the tunes. A photo booth from Plush Photo Pod added to the fun with colorful props and quirky panels. Spotted in the crowd were Sadie fitzpatrick, Willie stewart, Molly McEaddy, Heinrich Oosthuizen, Maggie and Stephen Richman, Claire and Ben Davis, Kevin johnson, Reaghan Belfour, Melanie Wilcox, and Kristen barton.
The Think Ahead Group (TAG) is made up of young professionals who fundraise to support the Center for BrainHealth. Since its inception in 2009, TAG has donated over $ 280,000 to support research and programs focused on brain damage, brain disease and healthy brain function.