SUMMIT, NJ - Thematically inspired by the race in front of the Twin Spires, The Connection will host it’s annual Kentucky Derby Party May 5, from 5 - 9 p.m. at Canoe Brook Country Club.to put everyone in the Winner’s Circle.

Community members and friends are invited to celebrate the 144thKentucky Derby -- the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” -- in support of The Connection's Scholarship Fund and community service programs. Decked out in their 'Derby best, attendees will enjoy dinner, drinks, a silent auction, betting board and luxury raffle.

The silent auction is now open, and winning auction bidders need not be present at the event and, to create a bidding profile, purchase tickets, participate in the auction, make a donation or for further details, visit 501auctions.com/connectionderby.

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A sneak peek of some of the fantastic items and experiences curated by The Connection's dedicated volunteer committee, led by Chairwoman, AnnelMontero-Mitchell, shows:

  • Tickets to Taylor Swift and U2 concerts, and Broadway shows, including HARRY POTTER THE PLAY

  • The chance to own a retired American Girl—and the opportunity to gift one to a Connection scholarship recipient

  • Summit Celebrity Meet and Greet with Mayor Radestand the Summit PD

  • TODSMini SellaBag

  • Tour of Google NYC Headquarter

All proceeds from the silent auction and the event will directly benefit The Connection’s Scholarship Fund which exists to insure that everyone can participate in the programs regardless of their economic circumstance.

Connection trustee Marianne Suffern said, “It’s impossible to miss the great impact of the scholarship fund when you walk the halls of The Connection. It has helped so many families, enabling their children to attend all varieties of classes and aftercare. This allows their parents to earn a living knowing their children are in a safe and happy place."

Suffern added, "I have seen partnerships form between The Connection and local nonprofits, schools, volunteer organizations and community groups that have created lasting bonds, benefiting dozens of children, hundreds of families, and thousands of community members at a time. These partnerships highlight the importance of The Connection to the Summit community.”

The impact is massive -- in 2017 the Scholarship Fund distributed more than $200,000 in assistance to 400 individuals in Connection programs. Children and adults participate in opportunities such as special needs swimming and recreation for adults and children, after school enrichment and therapeutic fitness programs, Pathways Women’s Cancer Support and English as a Second Language classes. And when The Connection works alongside organizations such as Our House, Bridges Outreach, Family Promise, and The Junior League of Summit, just to name a few, the impact of the organization is immeasurable.

The Connection is a human service organization which provides a variety of programs and activities that are open to everyone. Serving 5,000 individuals each year, The Connection is well known for its aquatics, fitness, child care and recreation programs.  Classes are offered for all ages, and are filled with girls and boys as young as six months to senior citizens in their nineties. In addition The Connection meets the needs of many different constituencies not reached by other agencies.

To RSVP, visit 501auctions.com/connectionderby or call 908-273-4242.