It’s that time of the year!  HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. is hosting its annual $5,000 Derby Day Boots & Bowtie Gala and we would like to reserve your tickets!!


Here’s what you need to know about our $5,000 Derby Day Giveaway! 


  • When:      Saturday May 4, 2019

  • Where:     Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center 625 E. St Joseph St, Springfield, IL                 

  • Ticket:      $100: includes admission for 2, beer and soda, food, Derby Day Festivities, dancing, and one                             entry into the $5,000 reverse drawing giveaway.

  • Table:       You will receive 4 Gala tickets per table sponsored. Invite who you would like to bring along for                           derby day festivities, dinner, dancing and enter your name into the drawing with each ticket; or                           pass the ticket along to friends or colleagues to join the fun                

  • Timeline: 3:30pm doors open derby festivities begin, 6:15pm dinner, 7:15pm start reverse $5,000 giveaway


Attendants will have a chance at winning cash, prizes and all or part of $5,000! The gala begins with the start of the National Anthem; enjoy Hors d'oeuvres and Mint Juleps, watch pre-race festivities, enter HOPE’s Winning Horse and Derby Hat Contests then view the 145th "Run for the Roses" on the big screen. Dinner will be served after the race; we will finish out the evening with drinks, dancing and a reverse $5,000 giveaway!


We plan on having a fun filled evening with good food, good friends, good entertainment while raising funds for a good cause and someone will walk away with a little bit of good luck!


Thank you for your support of HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center Inc!  Everything we do is a result of our community of volunteers and committed supporters. With your help HOPE:

  • was able to serve approximately 1,300 people from our community throughout 2018 

  • we increased our weekly average students from 21 in 2017 to 40 by the end of 2018 

  • awarded over $26,000 in participant scholarships 

  • increased our herd to 7 therapy horses 

  • provided rescue, rehabilitation and retirement services for 3 horses in need 

  • assisted by horseback in the search and rescue mission for a local community member 

  • donated over $2,000 in support of community outreaches for the homeless and military veterans and their families.


We have been able to do all this through YOUR patronage.  In order for us to continue this tradition of services we need your support!  All of the proceeds from this fundraising event help support HOPE’s Equine Facilitated Learning & Mentoring Programs, student scholarships, our community outreaches and therapy horses.  HOPE is recognized as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization by the IRS; all donations are tax exempt.  We sincerely appreciate your support and are looking forward to reserving your tickets.

There are several ways you can reserve your tickets. You can purchase your tickets online HERE, or download our Individual Ticket Packet. If you have a business interested in sponsoring this event you can find out about Sponsor Opportunities HERE or download our  Business Sponsor Packet to fill out and return.

Thank you for your partnership, together we are making an impact and Leaving Hoofprints throughout our community!