On May 7, Pickwick Gardens and Banquet Center was the scene of The Campbell Center’s Derby Day: Run for the Roses, the agency’s key fundraising event. The afternoon saw close to 200 guests in attendance ready to celebrate the milestone marking the organization’s 25th anniversary. As has become the norm, the event offered an array of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Among the guests were Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Withers and a number of The Campbell Center clients.
The day included a warm welcome by three TCC clients who greeted guests at their arrival, setting the tone for the afternoon’s mood. Guests were treated to a lavish buffet lunch, a fun and playful hat and derby contest, the live streaming of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, a silent auction of over 110 items, a live auction masterfully conducted by CBS2 Weatherman Garth Kemp that included seven exquisite packages – from a luxury suite at a Dodgers game to a week in a Presidential Penthouse in Cabo San Lucas. Former TCC board member Vince Espinoza served as the event emcee proving once again that he is to the task born.
Derby Day raises much-needed funds to support The Campbell Center’s diverse programs and services. This year’s event also served as the opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of two individuals who passed away in January – Jack Quinn, who was instrumental in launching Derby Day at The Campbell Center, and Janice Campbell, who was the inspiration for the launching of the organization by her parents in 1954 and is the namesake for the organization’s recent rebranding.