Are you already planning to don a great hat and watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4?
Skip the living room couch and join us instead at the Sioux Falls Convention Center for the 6th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Kentucky Derby Gala!
Have Fun and Support Local Kids
Supporters and friends of BBBSSE celebrate with us year after year – and we have a blast!
Even better, all of the proceeds from the Gala benefit the work that we are doing in the Sioux Empire.
Everyone is invited to the Kentucky Derby Gala. Whether you’ve been involved with our programs before or not, we’d love to have you join us!
Put together your best Southern look and watch a live showing of the Kentucky Derby. We’ll also have a live and silent auction, horse races, delicious mint juleps, a photobooth, and more.
Partner With Us for the Gala
The proceeds from each and every ticket and auction item sold benefit local Sioux Empire kids, but if you want to partner with us in an even bigger way, we have options!
Sponsor the Event
Are you planning to bring a crew of friends to the Gala? Consider becoming a sponsor. We have several sponsorship options at various prices.
Donate an Item to the Auction
You or your business can donate an item (or several) to our live and silent auctions.
“We are always in need of things to help create a well rounded package,” says Rebecca Gibbons, BBBSSE Development Manager.
For the silent auction, she suggests restaurant gift cards, tickets to a show, family friendly destination, or sporting event – with hotel rooms to go with them if they are outside of Sioux Falls.
“We are trying to put together a backyard package so items that would fit into that would be patio furniture, landscaping from a local nursery, or a fire pit,” Rebecca adds.
The live auction items tend to focus more on big-ticket experiences. For example, a past auction item was a Packers Package that included two tickets to a Packers game with a private flight on Executive Air to and from Sioux falls on game day. It also included a tailgate party before the game and dinner after the game before flying back to Sioux Falls.
We so appreciate all auction donations! Please fill out this form if you are interested in making a donation.
Buy a Ticket
Every ticket purchased helps us reach more children in our community, and BBBSSE couldn’t do the work we do without each person who attends this event.
You can purchase individual tickets online. We can’t wait to see you there!
Make a Monetary Donation
Can’t join us for the Gala, but still want to contribute to BBSSE? (Bummer – we were looking forward to seeing your outfit!)
But really, no problem! You can still make a donation in place of or in addition to purchasing a ticket.
How We Use the Proceeds
At BBBSSE, we provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
All of the proceeds from the Kentucky Derby Gala are put toward our various programs. The funds from the 2019 Gala will go toward two main areas of need.
“Our current focus is to match the over 100 kids currently on our waiting list with a Big,” Rebecca says. “This will require recruiting more volunteers to be the Big as well as funds to sustain the match for at least a year, as it takes about an average of $2,000 to sustain one match for a year.”
In addition, we want to finish our recent rebrand. This requires funds as the total cost to rebrand is around $10,000. That money is put toward redoing banners and brochures, promotional items, outdoor signage, and more.
Again, we can’t make a difference in Sioux Empire kids’ lives without our sponsors, mentors, and friends. Thank you, and we’ll see you at the Derby!