The Campbell Center Celebrates 25 Years of Derby Day Event

The Campbell Center Derby Day: Run for the Roses event turns 25 years this year and the organization is planning to celebrate the occasion on May 7 at Pickwick Gardens and Banquet Center in Burbank.

Derby Day is The Campbell Center’s signature annual fundraiser and this year again will offer a variety of activities to suit the palette of every guest. Over the years, the event has become the “talk of the town” and the fundraiser to attend, to see and be seen at. Close to 300 guests from Glendale and surrounding communities will be in attendance that afternoon to enjoy the day, bid on an array of silent and live auction items and help raise funds for the organization. CBS2 Weatherman Garth Kemp will be serving as auctioneer. Among the five live auction items that will be auctioned off is a Dodgers Deluxe Suite for 20 guests, complete with special parking passes, food and beverage. Another item sure to be a hit with those in attendance is a private lunch with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee artist Bill Withers.

The program will include a tribute to late Glendalians Jack Quinn, a long-time supporter and board member of The Campbell Center who was the force behind Derby Day at The Campbell Center, and Janice Elaine Quinn, namesake of the organization’s rebrand and inspiration for her parents’ mission to launch the agency in 1954. Both passed in January.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Tickets are $100 per person; sponsorships are at various levels, starting with the presenting sponsorship at $10,000.

For information about sponsorship levels and marketing benefits, tables and tickets, call Rita Tomassian-Hopkins at (818) 242-2434 or email

The Campbell Center was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit organization by Phyllis, Jerry and Janice Campbell. The impetus for launching the organization was Janice who was born with Down syndrome and whom no school within the Glendale school system would enroll because of her disability. While initially the organization was focused on serving children, over the ensuing nearly 60 years it has evolved into an agency whose mission is to provide adults with disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest level of independence through residential placement, on-site vocational training, job placement, community integration and education.

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