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Off to the Races: Tuscaloosa County Medical Alliance’s Inaugural Event is Derby-Inspired Fun

02 Apr 2018 Laurie Mundy Perrigin
Local floral designer Kelly Wilkin works on options for designing hats for the upcoming TCMA fundraiser “Off to the Races: A Party of Big Hats & Bow Ties.” Local floral designer Kelly Wilkin works on options for designing hats for the upcoming TCMA fundraiser “Off to the Races: A Party of Big Hats & Bow Ties.” Kelly Wilkin

Big hats. Bow ties. Bourbon. These staples of Kentucky Derby Day are all a part of an upcoming event that seeks to bring together the festive atmosphere of the horse racing event and the chance to raise money for a worthy cause. 

The Tuscaloosa County Medical Alliance’s inaugural “Off to the Races” fundraising party is set for April 12 at North River Yacht Club. And while the event is being held weeks ahead of the actual “Derby Day,” organizers hope the fun atmosphere will linger until the horses leave the starting gate at Churchill Downs on May 5. 

Tuscaloosa County Medical Alliance President Amy Poore said the organization is working hard to make this a special evening. 

“Myself, along with the Medical Alliance, are very excited to be able to offer a new and different type of fundraiser – one that can be enjoyed by all, while raising money for great causes in the community,” Poore said.  

The evening includes specialty bourbon and wine tastings paired with complimentary foods. Derby-inspired cocktails will also be served, and a cigar den will be held on the deck. Live jazz music will be presented by Birmingham Seven. 

Morgan Stanley is presenting the eveningand financial advisor Katie Hancock said it’s a perfect match. 

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with the TCMA to have some fun for a fantastic cause,” said Hancock. “The TCMA is committed to bettering our community and this event meshes well with our team’s commitment to civic leadership. I’m looking forward to this year’s inaugural event, and all that is to come.”

The idea behind Off to the Races was conceived by Poore. She said the emphasis for the evening is on socializing and having a great time, while giving back to a worthy cause. 

“Something ticket buyers should know is once a ticket is purchased, your contribution is done. There will be no silent auctions or raffles at this event. You’ll be automatically entered into the hat and bow tie contest,” Poore said. 

The one requirement? Attendees should wear their best Derby hats and bow ties. 

“The hats are the part I am most excited about,” said Poore. “I really hope people buy into the fun of wearing beautiful, crazy, and unique Derby hats!” 

Proceeds from Off to the Races will help TCMA donate to local community organizations, including The Good Samaritan Clinic, A Woman’s Place, and The Alberta Elementary School of Performing Arts. 

Tickets for Off to the Races are available for purchase at Effie’s in downtown Tuscaloosa, at Mobley & Sons in the Tuscaloosa Galleria, and by emailing tuscaloosamedicalalliance@gmail.com for a PayPal invoice. 

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