Field is set for sixth annual Derby Day

Your horse may win big atthe Kentucky Derby, but the sure winners this May 4th are the 30,000 Quad City area youth who participate in the music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by Volunteers for Symphony, all the money raised at this sixth annual Derby Day supports programs such as the four Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras, the Instruments for Kids program, and educational tours that bring professional musicians into the community and schools.

Derby Day is this Saturday, May 4th, at 2:30 p.m. at the Arsenal Island Gold Club. The afternoon feels just like you are at Churchill Downs with women wearing their best Derby hats, a buffet loaded with authentic Derby favorites, a Kentucky Bourbon tasting, and lots of prizes.  The afternoon is filled with horse races, mint juleps, and many happy winners. This year's party also features a live blue grass band led by Quad City Symphony Orchestra member Ben Lorentzen, professional musicians, and members of the Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras.

To help raise funds for the youth, a live auction is held which includes a French meal for eight prepared by the QCSO’s new Executive Director Benjamin Loeb; a week's stay in a vacation home just outside Estes Park, Colorado; the perfect picnic package to Riverfront Pops with tickets for 8, food from the Barrel House, and wine and cheese from The Grape Life; a romantic "staycation” package courtesy of Hotel Blackhawk, Spa Luce, Bix Bistro, and BolEro Unique; a chef's dinner prepared in your own kitchen by Matt Meadows of Farraday's Restaurant in Bettendorf; a jewelry party from Necker's Jewelers; and even more exciting prizes! To wrap up this afternoon of excitement, the winning raffle ticket will be pulled for the Quad Cities on a Silver Platter, which includes over $1,000 of gift certificates to a variety of Quad City locations.

The Volunteers for Symphony members contribute their time, talents, and resources year-round to support the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's mission. Proceeds from VFS fundraising projects such as Derby Day are directly invested in the operation of the Youth Orchestras and other music education programs.

Derby Day is just $75 per person or $520 for a table of 8. Reservations can be made at 563.322.QCSO or online at