"It is with hope in our hearts for global health and healing
With gratitude for all of our supporters
With anticipation for a reason to celebrate life and have fun!

We have rescheduled our 17th Annual Kentucky Derby to align with the actual new running of the Kentucky Derby, day for Saturday, September 5th, 2020"

MONMOUTH COUNTY,  NJ -Save the NEW date: Saturday, September 5th, 2020, for the Monmouth Park Charity Fund, 17th Annual Kentucky Derby Day Celebration.  The elegant and festive event will host over 450+ guests, and will be held at Blu Grotto’s beautiful outdoor garden at the historic Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey, on September 5th, from 3:00p.m.-7:30p.m.

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The Derby Day Celebration is one of the largest and most popular fundraising events of the year in Monmouth County.  It has become the anticipated event of the year for many.  Governor Murphy had it on his busy calendar to attend last year, as did Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Click here for TAPinto article from 2019 Derby Day. 

As one guest commented, "We love the annual Derby Celebration, there is no other fundraising event quite like it and the tented outdoor venue is so lovely. At a glance it reminds one of a Monet painting as hundreds of fashionable hats and colorful clothing the guests wear color the room beautifully."  

Another guest commented, "The Annual Derby Day Celebration hosts the Who's Who in Monmouth County and it is by far the most enjoyable fundraising event of the year!"

The Monmouth Park Charity Fund is thrilled to recognize the following honorees at this year's Kentucky Derby Day Celebration: Anita Roselle for her tireless advocacy of many local charities and leadership driving philanthropy to humanitarian missions; Jeremy Grunin, of The Grunin Foundation, an organization utilizing philanthropy to drive economic excellence in our communities and provide nonprofits sustainability opportunities; and BCB Bank as a community bank that believes in investing back into the community it serves by supporting community-based causes and local education.

Festivities will include simulcasting of the Kentucky Derby with betting available, open bar and chef specialties, a hat parade and live, silent and chance auctions. The 2020 Event Chair and Co-Chair are Maureen Loyd and Maria Farhat Tanzola, respectfully. Honorary Chairs are Tom Donovan and Phil Villipiano

Since 1946, Monmouth Park Charity Fund has distributed nearly $10 million, to support local charities. The Kentucky Derby Celebration is the Monmouth Park Charity Fund's signature annual event. Proceeds from this popular event provide critically needed funds to over 50 non-profit organizations in Monmouth County, delivering vital services relating to health, those at risk in the community, and those identified as in need of special services.

Event Chair Maureen Loyd comments, "On behalf of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund Board of Trustees and the Kentucky Derby Celebration committee, we thank everyone for their support. Your support of this event enables Monmouth Park Charity Fund to fulfill its mission to distribute significant funds to those deserving non-profits in our community, and to increasing collaboration among these organizations to offer greater reach and program impact at the local level."

You can support the event by attending, purchasing a table, being a sponsor or underwriter, placing an ad in the event journal, donating an auction item, or simply by making a donation.

Ad Journal – Deadline to submit an ad is August  10th. Please contact board member and Ad Journal Chair Linda Sirico with any questions lindasirico@comfortkeepers.com
Advertisement opportunities include the following:

______Back Cover | $1,500

______Inside Cover | $750

______Inside Back Cover | $750

______Full Page | $250

______Half Page | $150

Please list my support as follows:


Details of Sponsorship Ads
The following are the specifications related to journal ads:

-Double page ads, included in Event and Buffet Sponsorships only, are 11” x 8.5”.

-Full page ads are 5.5” x 8.5”.

-Half page ads are 5.5” x 4.25”.

      • Email ad files to maria.d.sorensen@icloud.com - payments made as described below

      • All measurements are width x height (portrait style).

      • All ads are black and white, except cover, inside cover front and back.

      • Ads are non-bleed (there is a .25î border around them).

      • Ads can be sent as JPEG or Microsoft Word files.

      • Deadline to ensure inclusion in the ad journal is April 10, 2020.

Kindly complete the following. (Please fill out completely and provide name of person/business to be listed in programs)

Name/Organization: __________________________________ Contact Person: __________________________________________    

Address_____________________________________________  City _______________________ State _________     Zip___________    

Phone________________________ Cell ____________________________Email _________________________________________    

***Email must be provided for all guests/tickets & sponsor contacts in the event of needed
communication prior to the event****

______My payment is enclosed. (Please make checks payable to Monmouth Park Charity Fund)
______Please charge my: ____ Visa      ____ MasterCard      ____ American Express

             Credit Card No.____________________________________________ Exp. Date__________ Security Code ______________    

             Name on Card _____________________________________________Signature___________________________________

             Billing Zip Code_________________    

Please print out this information and return this form and payment information to: Debi Heptig, Director of Operations, c/o Monmouth Park Charity Fund, 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ 07757. Or, cut and paste info into body of an email and send electronically to Debi Heptig at monmouthparkcharity@gmail.com 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Deadline August 10th to ensure inclusion in event program.

______Event Sponsor | $25,000  Premier Reserved Seating for 2 tables of 10, two bottles of champagne, concierge service throughout the evening, logo/name on invitation, double-page gold level ad in program, listing on website and social media posts, press releases and slide show display. (Please reserve by June 15, 2020 for inclusion on printed materials.)

______Buffet Sponsor | $20,000  Premier Reserved Seating for 2 tables of 8, two bottles of champagne, concierge service throughout the evening, double-page silver level ad in program, listing on website and social media posts, press releases and slide show display.

______Run for the Roses Sponsor | $15,000  Reserved Seating for 10 guests, full page gold level ad in program, inclusion on website and social media posts, press releases and slide show display.

______Mint Julep Sponsor | $10,000  Reserved Seating for 8 guests to event, full page silver level ad in program,  listing on website and slide show display.

______Winners Circle Sponsor | $7,500  Reserved Seating for 6 guests to event, full page ad in program, listing on website and slide show display.

______Trifecta Sponsor | $5,000  four top seating for four guests, half page ad, listing in program.

______Military Hero Sponsor | $3,000  Supports a table of 10 veterans, wounded warriors or their families to attend event and  includes admission for two reserved seating to the event, signage on Military Hero table and listing in program.

______Paddock Sponsor | $1,500  Includes admission for two and listing in program.

Underwriting Opportunities

______Tent Underwriter | $15,000  Full Page Gold level ad in program, signage at the tent and on website.

______Mobile Bidding Tech Underwriter | $5,000  Full Page ad in program, listing in program, on event signage and on website.

______Invitation Underwriter | $5,000  Listing on the back of invitation, listing in program, on event signage and on website.  

            (Must reserve by February 14th for inclusion on invitation)

______Entertainment Underwriter | $2,500  Listing in program, on event signage and on website.

______Decoration Underwriter | $1,500  Centerpiece table signage.

______Photo Booth Sponsor | $1,200  logo or name on each photo

*deadline is August 10, 2020 for all sponsorships and underwriting opportunities

Guest Reservations
Individual Ticket

______Individual Ticket | $250  (Open seating) deadline April 20, 2020 (unless sold out earlier)

______Reserved tables of 10 are $2,500. The table host must reserve and pay in full by single check or credit card by August 15, 2020.

Executive Committee

  • Maureen Lloyd, President
  • Mrs. Maria Farhat Tanzola, Vice President
  • Barry Shapiro, 2nd Vice President
  • Nona Balaban, Secretary
  • Ms. Karen Conway, Treasurer
  • Debi Heptig, Director of Operations

Board Members

  • Ms. Denise Anderson, Ph.D.
  • Hope Corcoran
  • Warren Diamond
  • Jennifer Diehl
  • Joanne Di Napoli
  • Tom Donovan
  • Thomas Hayes
  • Matthew Holman, CPA,PSA
  • Nancy Mazza
  • Sandy Mullaney
  • Anita Roselle
  • Linda Sirico
  • Ross Zimmerman

About the Monmouth Park Charity Fund:

In 1946 a group led by the late Amory L. Haskell of Middletown, began a restoration of Monmouth Park Racetrack, which had been abandoned for 50 years. Under the new leadership of then President Haskell, Philip H. Iselin, Reeve Schley, Joseph M. Roebling, Townsend B. Martin, John MacDonald and James Cox Brady, the Monmouth Park Jockey Club was born. Iselin became chairman of the construction committee and was named treasurer of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club. In later years, after the death of Haskell, he would take over as president of the track.

In an effort the show their gratitude to the residents of Monmouth County for their assistance in making the dream of a revitalized racetrack a reality, Mr. Haskell, and his partner Philip H. Iselin, assembled a committee of 15 area women to plan a Charity Ball and Carnival to be held at Monmouth Park. It was decided that the money raised from this first Charity Ball in 1947 would be given back to the community by way of support for local charitable endeavors, a tradition that is honored by The Monmouth Park Charity Fund to this day.

Betty Iselin, wife of Philip, became the first president of the Charity Ball Committee, an office she held for 50 years. Mr. Haskell’s daughters, the late Anne Haskell Ellis of Middletown and Hope Haskell Jones of Rumson, were a vital part of the fund-raising committee for more than 30 years; in fact, Hope Haskell Jones continues to be an active member of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund.

For many years, the inspired committee worked with the support and cooperation of the Monmouth Park Racetrack administration, and enjoyed the many courtesies available to them. The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority purchased Monmouth Park in 1986 and continued to graciously support the activities of the Fund. Today Monmouth Park Racetrack is managed by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA) and this organization continues the tradition of supporting our work.

Since 1946, more than 100 service organizations have been recipients of contributions from the Monmouth Park Charity Fund. To date, the Fund has distributed nearly $10 million since our inception.

The mission of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund is to raise and distribute funds to non-profit agencies in Monmouth County that provide services related to health, those at risk in the community, and those in need of special services. We could not be successful in our work if not for the commitment of remarkable volunteers who have donated time and effort for decades. All fundraising events rely on their enthusiasm.

The support of the community, for which we are grateful, has helped to make our success possible.  If you have any questions please contact Debi Heptig at 732-571-5325 or monmouthparkcharity@gmail.com.

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