Lutheran Family and Children’s Services to Host Annual Kentucky Derby Party Featuring Tony B’s Dueling Pianos


Lutheran Family and Children’s Services has announced the date of their annual Kentucky Derby Party.  The event will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Plaza Conference Center in Cape Girardeau.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., Run for the Roses Horse Race at 7:30 p.m., and entertainment all night long.  Corporate Sponsors for this year’s event are The Bank of Missouri, and Chris Auffenburg KIA.  This year’s event brings with it several changes from those in years past: one big change is the featured entertainment, Tony B’s Dueling Pianos.  According to LFCS Development Coordinator, Michelle Ramsey, “Tony B comes to us from the Lake of the Ozarks area, they played at our annual fall Faith in Action Dinner and everyone had such a great time and enjoyed them so much we really wanted to have them back for another event.”  The Entertainment Sponsor for the event is the Isle Casino- Cape Girardeau.


As for other changes to the event, Ramsey explains that the Kentucky Derby Party will still feature their Run for the Roses Horse Race, sponsored by Renaissance Gifts, which is one of the big attractions of the night, as well as a large part of this fundraiser.  The organization sells local businesses a horse, which they get to name.  A video production company produces a horse race, complete with a voice-over calling the race, naming the horses as they run.  The race is then shown on a large video screen at the event.  Leading up to the race time, attendees of the Kentucky Derby Party can place bets on the horse they hope to win with Derby Dollars- play money that has been exchanged for cash at the event.  The Run for the Roses will take place at 7:30 pm.  Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place horses.

               “It’s so much fun to watch everyone get into the race, cheering on their chosen horse and seeing their reactions as the horses run,” said Ramsey.  “It’s all in fun, of course, but everyone really gets into it.  It’s great to see the support of the community for our organization at this really fun event,” she added.  

               No Kentucky Derby Party would be complete without the southern flair displayed by the attendees, and this one is no different.  “Of course you see some of our guests in full Derby attire- big hats, the dresses and suits,” said Ramsey,  “But others will come in everyday attire too,” she added.  According to Ramsey, there will be prizes awarded for the People’s Choice of Best Derby Hat, Best Dressed Gal, Best Dressed Guy, and Best Dressed Couple.

               One of the biggest changes to this year’s event, formerly known as Boas and Bling, is that there will be no outside vendors.  “In the past we started this event as a girl’s night out event.  We had local area vendors that would set up and sell their goods or services.  This year, we made the decision to do away with the vendor portion, and hopefully, open it up to both men and women.  We added the Dueling Pianos so that it will be a fun night full of entertainment for all who attend- not just women,” said Ramsey.

               Tickets for the event are on sale now, and available for purchase at the LFCS office, located at 3178 Blattner Dr. in Cape Girardeau, or online at:  For the cost of their ticket, all attendees will receive unlimited Derby style appetizers, wine, beer and soda for the evening, as well as a full night of great entertainment.  Individual tickets are $40, reserved tables of 8 are $280, and VIP tables of 8 on Millionaires Row are $495.  Of course it wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby without Mint Juleps, Mimosas, or Bourbon Balls.  Attendees will be able to purchase the traditional Derby drinks with Derby Dollars.  The Corner Store, located on Broadway will also be set up at the party with their famous Bourbon Balls available for purchase- they will be donating a percentage of their sales that night to LFCS.

               Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri is a non-profit, statewide social service organization providing counseling, adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, child care and mentoring services to the community.With offices in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield, LFCS touches the lives of more than 22,000 individuals annually. The services provided by LFCS are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender or age. Although Lutheran based, more than 80 percent of families served are non-Lutheran. For more information, visit  

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