Day at the Races benefits Turtle Creek Conservancy

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

Turtle Creek Conservancy’s 13th Annual Day at the Races Hybrid Event  Featured “Derby in a Box” Picnics and Live Streamed The Kentucky Derby

Turtle Creek Conservancy’s signature fundraiser, the 13th Annual Day at the Races, was an exciting hybrid event (both live-streamed and in-person) highlighting the Kentucky Derby and featured the tremendously successful “Derby in a Box.”     

A box full of gourmet delights, the “Derby in a Box” was a portable party for 2-4 including 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. Delicacies provided by FGF Catering.        

This fun and engaging concept allowed people to gather in the comfort of their own homes for a Derby party and watch the live broadcast from Turtle Creek Park, which included the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, and participate in the silent auction, the very popular Hat Contest, use the free “wagering ticket” and place additional “bets.”      

Many supporters who also purchased the “Derby in a Box” enjoyed a picnic on the grounds of the beautiful Turtle Creek Park or reserved picnic tables from Uptown Picnic Company and tuned in to the live-streamed event.       

Honorary Chairs Regina Bruce, Dr. Carla Russo and Tammany Stern, along with a few guests, joined Amanda Ward, Membership & Development Director, Turtle Creek Conservancy, for the live streamed event. Due to COVID-19, CDC restrictions and mandatory social distancing, the limited space inside Arlington Hall allowed for only a few people to attend.    

Amanda thanked sponsors and underwriters for their support benefiting the Turtle Creek Conservancy, which raises funds to support 20 acres of rolling lawns, over 1,500 trees, a beautiful creek, and a home for flora and fauna, located just north of downtown Dallas. She gave an update on future plans and the impact of freezing weather on park plants and trees.  The park is well on its way to thriving thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in supporting the Conservancy.      

Day at the Races’ sponsors included Dallas Magnolias, FGF Catering, Sewell, Martha Griffin, Independent Wine Consultant with Scout & Cellar; Teffy Jacobs and Doris Jacobs of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Canteen Vodka Soda, Blue Moon Ale, Coors Hard Seltzer, Makers Mark Bourbon and Nancy Loehr, who created an original artwork celebrating the event. Hat Contest winner was Crayton Webb.

Gay Donnell Willis, President and CEO, Turtle Creek Conservancy, encourages everyone to look forward to 2022 when “we can all gather in Derby finery on the grounds of Turtle Creek Park and in Arlington Hall for the next Day at the Races.”
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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

*Photos by Danny Campbell

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


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, 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.