‘Derby Day’ to aid Boys & Girls Clubs


Staff Writer

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region in partnership with Rocky Mount Mills will hold a fundraising event that will allow people in the Twin Counties to experience a unique way to watch the Kentucky Derby.

The local Boys & Girls Clubs will host the inaugural Run for the Roses-Derby Day at the Mills from 4 to 9 p.m. May 5 on the Mills campus.

Ron Green, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, said Rocky Mount Mills officials wanted to do something to support young people that attend the local Boys & Girls Clubs and at the same time offer something fresh to the community.

Scott Roberts, general manager of Rocky Mount Mills, said Capitol Broadcasting Co., isn’t just about doing property development in the area, but also community development. The company has sponsored the Steak & Burger Dinner, which is the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region’s biggest fundraiser.

“We do a lot of charitable giving, but one of the most important is developing the younger generation or the generation to come,” Roberts said. “Early on, we partnered with the Boys & Girls Club because we believe in what they’re doing to bolster the community. We wanted to have a spring and summer event to help the Boys & Girls Club with their mission for the Mills. We think Derby Day at the Mills is going to be a fun and entertaining event that hasn’t been done in Rocky Mount.”

Green said Derby Day will give people a chance to dress like they’re at the horse race, which is dubbed “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

“One of our taglines is ‘Brush off your best duds and put on your fancy hats,’” Green said. “We know everyone is waiting for a time when they can wear their spring or summer clothes. We want to give the ladies a chance to wear their fancy hats and the guys dress up in their seersucker and linen suits.”

Green didn’t want to put a dollar amount on how much the Boys & Girls Clubs is looking to raise at Derby Day.

Since the beginning of the year, the Boys & Girls Clubs has expanded its reach to the southern end of Nash County.

The club is now in Bailey Elementary School, Cedar Grove Elementary School, Middlesex Elementary School, Spring Hope Elementary School and Southern Nash Middle School. The club will soon be in Southern Nash High School, Green added.

“We’ve been working trying to serve more kids more often with greater impact,” Green said. “In order to expand our reach, we’re really trying to kick up our fundraising efforts to make sure we have the necessary resources to be able to serve these young people effectively.”

The Mills’ beer garden will have the race broadcast on large-screen TVs. A live band will perform with a special seating section for VIP guests. A cocktail table will be on hand and the restaurants and the breweries on campus will be open for business. 

Club members of the Boys & Girls Clubs will showcase their talent through stage performances at event. There will be a section called the Kiddy Korral, where children can enjoy stick pony rides, horse shoe pitching, face painting, pony rides and other activities.  Green also said Davenport Honda will have a photo booth at the event.

“This event is going to make you say, ‘Man, we got this in Rocky Mount,’” Green said. “That’s what we want people to understand is that you don’t have to travel to Raleigh, Cary or Charlotte to experience an event like this — plus you’re helping raise money to benefit young people, which is a bonus.”

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and all are VIP tickets, Green said. Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-977-9924 or at www.eventbrite.com.