Men and women recently donned their hats and came out for the first ever Kentucky Derby Gala benefitting Hesed House, the state’s second largest homeless shelter.
250 people attended the event at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, betting on the races and cheering on the horses.
“The Kentucky Derby is something new, something fresh, something exciting, and something people can associate with Hesed House moving forward,” said Ryan Dowd, Executive Director at Hesed House.
But the fun didn’t end when “I’ll Have Another” took home the title. Instead of putting money on horses, the crowd took out their wallets for a live auction.
Then women took to the stage, trying to win the Derby Diva Hat Competition.
In all, the event raised enough to get 40 people out of homelessness.
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