9th Annual Derby Day Gala at Rockledge

Duration: 5 hrs. 4:30 - 9:30pm

Date: 6 May 2017

Location: Location - Rockledge, beneath the Mill Mountain Star.



21 & older

Advance ticket is required, capacity is very limited. Ticket/Donation is non-refundable. Gala held rain or shine.

New Breweries: Hammer & Forge and Twin Creeks!

Sat. May 6, it's Roanoke’s most glamorous and delicious annual event. Named one of the Top Kentucky Derby Parties in the U.S.!

Enjoy a champagne welcome plus a wide selection of wine, beer, a limited bar, and Mint Juleps

Artfully prepared heavy hors d’oeuvres - action stations - and spectacular desserts!

Live music provide by the "Uptown Band."

Lucky Lanes "friendly wagering" fund raiser! Plus the Rockledge Derby game.

Shuttle service from the covered parking garage at the VT School of Medicine.

The Lucky Celebrity Bar will be creating signature specialty cocktails. Thanks Lucky Restaurant!

What to Expect

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We expect the 9th Annual Derby Day Gala to be “the best ever” and 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.

Ticket/Donation Information

$135.00 per guest

(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 info@TourRoanoke.com.



Meeting Location

209 Reserve Avenue Southwest, Roanoke, VA, United States

Where to Meet

Location - Derby Shuttle mini-buses will start at 4:15pm from the covered parking garage at Virginia Tech School of Medicine - 209 Reserve Avenue SW, Roanoke VA 24016 – entrance next to Cambria Suite Hotel.


Beautiful location for a great event. We had so much fun!

J. Harbeson - Facebook Review