Kentucky Derby Day: Racehorses, Roses & Mint Juleps for a Mission

Seton Youth Shelters Hosts 19th Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration, “A Silks & Irons Soirée” at Beautiful Back Bay Farms



Join 300 of the area’s most festive and philanthropically-minded guests on May 5th, 2018 for a spring celebration of all things “Derby” to benefit Seton Youth Shelters. The 19th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, “A Silks & Irons Soirée”, held at the beautiful and scenic Back Bay Farms in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach, is an exciting and elegant evening celebrating the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.


Guests will enjoy authentic mint juleps, specialty cocktails bars, a chance to mingle with a recently retired racehorse, equestrian exhibitions, lawn games, photo booths, Derby Row cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants, live horse races, a giant screen broadcast of the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, an outstanding silent auction, and more. All of the fun and festivities support Seton’s shelter, mentoring and street outreach programs, which reach tens of thousands of Hampton Roads’ youth each year.


Seton’s 19th Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration, “A Silks & Irons Soirée” begins at 5 p.m. with equestrian exhibitions as guests settle in. After post-time of the 144th Run for the Roses, the renowned Kentucky Derby Race, EZGO Band will perform until the events wraps up at 10 p.m. Guests can spend the evening dancing, sipping cocktails, sampling fabulous Derby Row cuisine, and participating in all of the fabulous features this event has to offer. Space is limited and general admission tickets are $115. VIP tickets are $225, and include access to our VIP lounge, wine & bourbon tasting, and reserved seating. Sponsorships are also available.


Seton Youth Shelters is the region’s only organization devoted exclusively to providing shelter, street outreach and mentoring services to youth 9-17. When you raise your glass and spend an on May 5th, 2018, know that you are helping Seton Youth Shelters, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, fulfill its mission of providing safe haven, counseling and outreach services, 24 hours a day, without charge, to assist youth in crisis throughout Hampton Roads, with the goal of reuniting families.


Each year hundreds of boys and girls, ages 9-17, arrive at our two Virginia Beach residential shelters—often in the middle of the night, sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Our professional staff welcomes them with food, shelter, clothing, school supplies and the counseling and support necessary for them to either return to their families or continues on to another safe, home environment. Seton’s Street Outreach Program vans, operated by our professional staff teams, drive the streets of our region, reaching out to thousands of youth on the streets, offering food, hygiene items, counseling, and shelter options–a lifeline for this vulnerable population. Our Mentoring Children of Prisoners program gives children of incarcerated parents the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential.


To purchase tickets, visit or our Facebook page. For tickets, you can also call Melissa Ramsey at 757.963.5795 x 108 or email mramsey(at)setonyouthshelters(dot)org. For sponsorship opportunities contact Jennifer Sieracki at 757.963.5795 x 105 or email jsieracki(at)setonyouthshelters(dot)org.