Talk Derby to Me: Council On Aging set for second annual “Hats and Horses” event May 5

Charlie Denison

From left, Robin Fleming, Jeana Morrison-Noel and Patse Hansen share a moment at last year’s “Hats and Horses” fundraiser for the Council on Aging. The second annual “Hats and Horses” takes place Friday, May 5 at the Eagles Grand Hall.
Photo by Charlie Denison

It’s getting close to Kentucky Derby time, and the Fergus County Council on Aging is getting ready for its second annual Hats and Horses Fundraiser, also known as “Talk Derby To Me.”

According to COA Executive Director Staci Auck, the fun-filled event will consist of a happy hour, a dinner, a cash prize drawing, a Calcutta, a silent auction and a live auction.

“I’ve always liked horse races,” Auck said, “and I’ve always liked horses, so I thought this would be fun.”

Auck added that going to the Kentucky Derby is high on her bucket list, so having a Derby-themed event is a fun way to recreate the experience.

“I thought this would be a different fundraising approach,” she said.  “Let’s do some horse-centered auctions.”

This year’s event will also feature a costume contest and a Kentucky-themed meal.

“We’ll be serving Kentucky hot browns (turkey, bacon, cheese) and a burgoo (a spicy stew with chicken, pork, beef and a variety of vegetables), Derby pie, cornbread and more,” Auck said.

“We want this event to feel down south,” Auck added, “and we encourage people to play the part: wear a hat or dress in a Derby theme. It’s entirely up to you, though. We want you to do what feels most comfortable to you. If you want to just come look at the hats, that’s great. A number of people made their own hats last year. It was pretty cool.”

This is a big fundraiser for the COA, which provides meals, transportation, housekeeping and more for the elderly and the disabled of the community. Auck said she appreciates any and all support.

Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. at the Eagles Grand Hall. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the drawings start at 7:30 p.m. The auction will follow.

For more information on the event, call Auck at (406) 535-7486 or stop by the COA at 307 W. Watson Street.






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