Derby Day Event

May 6 2023 @ 3:30pm – 9:00pm
Botanical Gardens
Amarillo Texas

SOLD OUT for 2023


Two – 8 Seat Elite VIP Tables
2 Amtryke Sponsorships
Private Wait Staff
Elite Bar
Premium Cigars
Kentucky Derby Gifts
Priority Sign-age at Event
Included in All Advertising
Logo: Underwriter Banner
Friend Membership
1 Year on Website

SOLD OUT for 2023


Two – 8 Seat VIP Tables
1 Amtryke Sponsorships
Wait Staff
Private Bar
Premium Cigars
Name on Benefactor Banner
Included in Print Advertising
Friend Membership
6 Mo. on Website

SOLD OUT for 2023


One – 8 Seat VIP Table
Wait Staff
Private Bar
Premium Cigars
Name on Benefactor Banner
Included in Print Advertising
Friend Membership
6 Mo. on Website

Tables for the 2023 Derby Day Event have sold out.
If you would like to be placed on a standby list for any possible cancellations, please use our contact form.

The Kentucky Derby History

In 1875 a bunch of horses ran around a race track at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and started a tradition that is still “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports”. The “Run for the Roses” was started later in 1886 when a gentleman gave roses to all the ladies and the promoters of the race added the rose drape for the winning horse.
The superb writer and singer Dan Fogelberg penned the line “the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance” in his 1980’s tribute song for the derby called A Run for the Roses. This expression sums up the mission of AMBUCS which is to give children and veterans the chance to have the gift of mobilty that most of us take for granted.
Every one should have a chance to participate in life’s race and the Southwest Chapter of AMBUCS is pulling out all the stops to help those who need a hand.

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Make a run for the roses!

Southwest Ambucs Mission

Creating Mobility & Independence for People with Disabilities By Providing AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycles, Awarding Scholarships for Therapists & Community Service.

What happened in 2004?

In 2004 we created “Derby Day” as our major fund raiser. A social for up to 600 people celebrating the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May. You can watch the Derby, enjoy free food, drinks, a live and silent auction plus live entertainment. We sell admission to raise monies for our local scholarships and AmTrykes through many forms of community involvement and needs.

Just like Churchill Downs, our Derby Day party is swarming with beautiful women adorned with gorgeous hats! Since 2012, our contest has been in honor of Connie Schnaufer. Connie was a strong supporter of our chapter’s activities until cancer took her away from us. Todd and Catana Gray honor Connie’s memory at Derby Day by generously donating an Amtryke in the contest winner’s name. This is such a good example of the compassionate nature of the membership of the Southwest Chapter.

Party! Party! Party! Our Derby Day Party rocks with some the best musicians in Amarillo. This year’s lineup includes Andy Chase, Yuonne Perea, and Solono Project These guys really know how to get people off their tail and jumping around. When these cats hit the stage, be ready to boogie.

Why fly to Kentucky when you can have as much fun at our Derby Party? There are big screen televisions set up all around the Botanical Gardens to watch the big race and our crowd gets wild. You can pick your favorite horse before the race and have a chance to win a prize if he wins. Our silent auction has grown to be one of the largest in the Panhandle and has something for everyone to bid on. The Live Auction has featured exclusive adventures like Caribbean vacations, Napa Valley trips , and an the occasional hunt. On top of all this is beef tenderloin dinner with all the trimmings. Where else can you get this much excitement at one event?

Photo booth
Race Wagering Raffle
Derby Races on Big Screen TVs

Live Music by:

Artist names coming soon!

Silent Auction
The most popular silent auction of the year!
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Live Auction
A great collection of one of a kind items.

Food and Beverages

More details coming soon!

VIP Paddocks
Private Bar
Premium Cigars
Wait Staff