A Silks & Irons Soiree: 22nd Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration

Since 1999, Seton Youth Shelters has brought together 300 of the area’s most festive and philanthropically-minded guests for a spring  celebration of all things “Derby” to benefit our Shelter, Mentoring and Outreach Programs, which reach thousands of Hampton Roads’ youth each year. Seton Youth Shelters is the region’s only organization devoted exclusively to providing shelter, outreach and mentoring services to youth 9 up to 18 years old.

Typically at our in-person fundraiser, guests enjoy authentic mint juleps, a derby hat contest, live horse races, giant screen broadcast of the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, and more, all while enabling us to provide prevention, intervention, shelter and counseling to youth in crisis and their families-24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge to the child or their family.

This year like other non-profit fundraising events, due to COVID-19, we have had to pivot. We are going virtual for the 147th run for the roses! Join us on May 1st 2021 at 4:30 P.M. and tune into an exciting lineup of virtual events. In true Seton derby fashion, we will have plenty of entertainment leading up to the call to post. This event is free and includes:


  • Virtual hat contest & parade
  • Bourbon cocktail clinic
  • Live & silent auction
  • Exciting raffle items
  • Caballus Farm virtual tour
  • More exciting surprises!

We will be holding a silent auction in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby with the silent auction closing the day of the race. We will also be holding a live auction during the virtual event. We will be releasing a schedule of events, auction previews and much more exciting news leading up to our 22nd Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration Virtual Event, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to get the latest. You can also contact us by calling Michelle Broady at 757.963.5795 ext. 0103# or emailing mbroady@setonyouthshelters.org.