Derby Night to benefit education this Friday, April 28, at Nielsen

The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation’s 3rd annual Derby Night is this Friday, April 28th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Nielsen.

The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation’s 3rd annual Derby Night is this Friday, April 28th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Nielsen.

The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation’s 3rd annual Derby Night, billed as ‘a race to support education,’ is set for this Friday, April 28th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Nielsen headquarters at 501 Brooker Creek Blvd. in Oldsmar.

Tickets for Derby Night, which benefits two local charities—the Children’s Home Network’s SEEDS program and the UTBEF Technical Scholarship program—cost $50.00 and include complimentary food and adult beverages as well as $5,000 in Derby cash.

“This event attracts a fun crowd. It’s not stuffy or pretentious at all,” Susan Oliver, a former teacher and longtime Oldsmar volunteer who is marketing the event for sponsor, AmSkills, said.

“Everyone has a ball, the women dress up in their Derby dresses and hats. It’s really a lot of fun, and it benefits a great cause—children and education.”

Susan Oliver (r) handed out the "Best of" awards at Oldsmar Cares' 7th annual Wine and Food Gala in February 2017.

Susan Oliver (r) handed out the “Best of” awards at Oldsmar Cares’ 7th annual Wine and Food Gala in February 2017.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, Derby Night will feature virtual racing, casino games and a Derby hat contest, as well as live and silent auctions.

Also, there will be a 50/50 raffle and prize giveaways, and a dozen area restaurants are scheduled to participate, including Salt Rock Tavern, Rumba, Jack Willies, Flamestone Grill, Green Market Café and Casa Cosenza.

Oliver said the collaboration between the businesses and organizations is part of what makes the event, and the city of Oldsmar, special.

“I think it’s unique in Oldsmar how organizations help each other,” she said, noting representatives of Oldsmar Cares, which hosted its own gala in February, have volunteered their time for the event.

“It’s cool to see so many people come together to support a great cause.”

For more information on the 3rd annual Derby Night to benefit the Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation, visit utbef.org or call 813-855-4233.

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