Derby Day Gala at Rockledge

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

Date: 5 May 2018

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

Early-Bird Ticket


$150 as of 1/1/18.

Advance ticket is required, capacity is very limited. 2018 Gala ticket/donation is $150.00. Tickets are non-refundable. Gala held rain or shine.

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Sat. May 5, 2018, is Roanoke’s most glamorous and delicious annual fundraising event. 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 band and lots of dancing.

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

The Annual Derby Day Gala

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

See photos of the 2017 Gala


The 2017 Gala sold out earlier than ever before!

Therefore we wanted to provide the opportunity to purchase your 2018 Derby Day Gala ticket now at a discounted price.

For your information here’s the

2018 Derby Day Gala Schedule

(Times may vary – updates are expected)

4:15 pm             Shuttles begin from VT Medical School parking garage

4:30 pm            Champagne Welcome & Hors-d’oeuvres

4:30 pm            House Bars open Cocktails & beverage (2 bar locations) presented by Coots, Cross, Lavinder & Quinn Family Dentistry

4:30 pm            “Lucky” Celebrity Bar – Special cocktails (kitchen)

4:30 pm            Kentucky Derby “Lucky Lanes” opens

4:45-5:45 pm   Live music – Uptown, presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

5:00-6:15 pm   Rockledge Derby Game (kitchen)

5:15 pm             Derby Buffet begins

6:00 pm            Non-Profit Presentations (outside tent)

6:15 pm             Best Derby Attire Awards

6:24 pm             Official post time for 144th Kentucky Derby

Immediately after race – drawing for “Lucky Lanes” winners

6:45-7:15 pm    Live music – Uptown, presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

7:15 pm              Live Auction (outside tent)

7:45-9:00 pm   Rockledge Derby Game (kitchen)

8:15-9:30 pm   Live music – Uptown, presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

10:00 pm          Last Shuttle from Rockledge to the parking garage

Gala Questions & Information

Have questions?  For instance, where do we park to get the shuttle to the Gala?   What’s the menu look like this year?    What are this year’s auction items?  Or, why didn’t I get tickets in the mail or via email?

Please download these documents for the answer, and more!

We’ll also regularly add updates and info to the Derby Day Gala at Rockledge Facebook page.

You can also call us at (540) 309-1781 or email





Meeting Location

209 Reserve Avenue Southwest, Roanoke, VA, United States

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

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

J. Harbeson - Facebook Review