Derby Day Gala at Rockledge

9th Annual Derby Day

Gala at Rockledge

Sat. May 6, 2017


2017-kentucky-derby-logoRoanoke’s most spectacular and glamorous annual event! It has been named one of the Top Kentucky Derby Parties in the country outside of Louisville

We expect the 9th Annual Derby Day Gala to sell out quickly.

The SW VA Chapter of the American Culinary Federation is the Gala’s primary non-profit beneficiary. The ACF’s member chefs plan to prepare a Derby feast that will be “off the charts.”

We’re also pleased that Apple Ridge Farm will also be a non-profit beneficiary of the Gala in working with the ACF.

2017 Derby Day Gala at Rockledge is Sold Out! 

Please email if you’d like to be added to the Wait List for 2017.

(Ticket donations are non-refundable)


Returning this year to the Derby Day Gala

The Rockledge Derby Game – Win big, play often, have fun! A fun game of chance.

Plus, in addition to the two House Bars serving mint juleps, wine, craft beer and limited mixed drinks, a third bar, The Lucky Celebrity Bar features craft Derby cocktails selected by Hunter Johnson (from Lucky Restaurant). These drinks are available on a cash donation basis only – suggested donation $15.00.

Interested in being a sponsor of the 2017 Derby Day Gala?

Support a great non-profit cause, invest in your community, mingle with a great audience of guests and make a wonderful impression.  It’s also a great way to entertain clients, staff and VIP’s.

Sponsorships range from $350.00 (Jockey Sponsor) to $2,500.00.  We also gratefully accept live auction items for the Gala.  We’d love to talk to you and your company – Call Larry at (540) 309-1781 or email to

“Derby Day Gala” Original painting by Eric Fitzpatrick






$135.00 per guest.
Capacity is limited to 180 guests!


Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: Rockledge (home below Mill Mountain Star)
Starts: 4:30 PM
Ends: 9:30 PM


Absolutely! Enjoy a champagne welcome plus a wide selection
of wine, beer, a limited bar, and of course Mint Juleps.
Two drink tickets are included with admission for use at the House Bars.
Thereafter, drinks are on a cash donation
basis (remember it’s a fund-raiser).


Delicious Derby Delights: heavy hors d’oeuvres! Action stations! Spectacular desserts! Artfully prepared by local chefs and the chefs and students of the Al Pollard Culinary Institute at Virginia Western.

Live Entertainment

The Uptown Band is back!


Derby Attire: be stunning!

Transportation & Parking

Parking at Rockledge is very limited!
Therefore, RADAR mini-bus shuttle service from the covered parking garage at the Virginia Tech School of Medicine & Research Institute (209 Reserve Avenue SW, Roanoke VA 24016  – entrance next to Cambria Suite Hotel) will be provided. Shuttle service begins at 4:15pm and continues until the last guest has departed the Gala.

Have Questions?

For more information, email
Or call for more information
(540) 309-1781