Ele’s Place Ann Arbor Hosts Inaugural Derby Day Soirée


Ele’s Place Ann Arbor, a non-profit community-based organization with a mission dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children, teens and their families announced their inaugural event – the Derby Day Soirée.

An evening of Southern Flair and Fare, the Derby Day Soirée is an event centered around the 144th Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2018. Post time will be at four o’clock in the afternoon. Fitting to the theme of the evening, the location is at the historic Earhart Manor at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Guests are encouraged to don their derby attire; ladies, big hats and gentlemen, bow ties.

Guests can anticipate a fun filled afternoon including pre-derby coverage and friendly mock wagering leading up to the actual “Run for the Roses”; mint juleps, bourbon tasting, the official Hat Parade with prizes, silent auction, wine pull and derby inspired fare.   But that is not all!   Derby Soirée afterglow party begins at 7:30 pm, shortly after the “the run for the roses”.  Guests will dance the night away at the Jockey Club as Ann Arbor is introduced to “Silent Derby Disco”!

“We are excited to the be the first non-profit to offer this unique evening out in Ann Arbor,” said Monica Brancheau, Managing Director of Ele’s Place Ann Arbor. “The Soirée will be a one-of-a-kind fundraiser supporting the mission of Ele’s Place. It will allow us to continue and grow our program, which is free of charge, to children and teens who are coping with a death. We know that 1 in 10 children will experience the death of parent or sibling before they are 18.  That means there are potentially 6,000 children and teens who need our services at Ele’s Place in Washtenaw County. This event will help us meet the needs of our community.”

Honorary event chairs are long-time supporters of Ele’s Place, Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s First Lady, Sue Snyder.

Sponsorships are available now by contacting Brandon Black at bblack@elesplace.org or 734-929-6640. Tickets to the event will be $200 per person and are available at www.elesplace.org.

About Ele’s Place:
Ele’s Place, a community-based nonprofit in its 27th year statewide and 11th year in Ann Arbor, is dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families.  Through peer support groups, Ele’s Place helps children and teens learn how to cope with the death of a parent, sibling or other loved one.  An average of 200 grieving children, teens and their families attend peer support programs each week at no cost. Ele’s Place also provides support groups in schools and clinical consultations for grieving families.  For more information, visit www.elesplace.org.



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