Turtle Creek Conservancy Announces the 13th Annual Day at the Races and Honorary Chairs

(Featured image: Tammany Stern, Dr. Carla Russo, Regina Bruce, Honorary Chairs.)*

Gay Donnell Willis, President and CEO, Turtle Creek Conservancy announces their signature fundraiser, the 13th Annual Day At the Races, will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This Kentucky Derby-themed hybrid event (both live-streamed and in-person) benefits the Turtle Creek Conservancy and raises funds to support 20 acres of rolling lawns, over 1,500 trees, a beautiful creek, and a home for flora and fauna just north of downtown Dallas.           

Honorary Chairs Regina Bruce, Dr. Carla Russo and Tammany Stern agree saying, “Like Day at the Races, featuring Derby horses moving forward in one direction with clear intention, to benefit the Turtle Creek Conservancy, so do we, as community leaders and volunteers, strive to move forward to help others with great purpose and in the spirit of unity and service.  Therefore, we are truly honored to lend our names to this year’s event and to use our voices in support of protecting this natural, historic treasure located in the heart of our beautiful city.”

First created in 2020, the successful “Derby in a Box” returns this year. Even in a pandemic, this Derby pivot became the organization’s third best performing event ever.

This fun and engaging concept allows people to gather in the comfort of their own home for a Derby party and watch the live broadcast from Turtle Creek Park, which will include the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, and participate in the live and silent auctions, use the free “wagering ticket” and place additional “bets.” A fan favorite, the Derby Hat Contest, will also keep viewers watching throughout. Alternatively, guests can bring their “Derby in a Box” to Turtle Creek Park and enjoy picnic-style, login (on your phone, etc.) and join in the complimentary live-stream.                           

Derby in a Box

Derby in a Box” includes a selection of Buttermilk Biscuits with Bourbon Glazed Ham, Smoked Salmon, Traditional Kentucky Benedictine Spread with Crudités, Cheese & Cracker Platter, Macarons, Cookies, mini Kentucky Derby Walnut & Chocolate Pies, mini Bourbon for Mint Juleps, small Scout & Cellar Wine bottle, other refreshments and fun Derby beads. Each “Derby in a Box” serves two to four people and costs $150.00. Buy your “Derby in a Box” here: https://dayattheraces.muradbid.com

Sponsorships are available beginning at $750 and are available for Party Favors, Hat Contest, Sweets Box, Savory Boxes, “Wagering,” Mint Julep, Presenting Box Sponsor and include many benefits.  For sponsorship information, contact Amanda Ward, Director of Membership and Development, Amanda@TurtleCreekConservancy.org or call 214.521.2003.

Silent Auction:     Begins Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at noon. Silent Auction ends Derby Day, Saturday, May 1, 2021 at midnight. Register now here: https://dayattheraces.muradbid.com

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About Turtle Creek Conservancy: About Turtle Creek Conservancy:  Modeled after the Central Park Conservancy in New York City, the mission of the Turtle Creek Conservancy is to raise the essential private funding needed to give elevated care and thoughtful development to the heart of the Turtle Creek Corridor, Turtle Creek Park and Arlington Hall, for today and tomorrow. For more information, visit the website at www.turtlecreekconservancy.org

*Photo by Danny Campbell

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Day at the Races.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly SocialWhirl.com), the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.