Support Bridges at Music City Derby Day

At the 3rd annual Music City Derby Day are (left to right): Dana and Christina Ford (honorary event chairs), Evan Farmer (emcee), Kathy and Steve Hayslip (celebrity jockey), Lucia Folk (celebrity jockey), and Marietta Velikova. photo by Ian Riley.

At the 3rd annual Music City Derby Day are (left to right): Dana and Christina Ford (honorary event chairs), Evan Farmer (emcee), Kathy and Steve Hayslip (celebrity jockey), Lucia Folk (celebrity jockey), and Marietta Velikova. (photo by Ian Riley)

Can’t make it to Louisville for this year’s Kentucky Derby? Join Bridges for the fourth annual Music City Derby Day as they recreate the magic of Churchill Downs and raise money for programs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Dress in your best Derby duds and festive headwear and watch live coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Mint Juleps will be awaiting you, so come out and take a crack at the silent auction and cheer on your favorite celebrity jockey during the stick-horse races.

Presented by LifePoint Health, Music City Derby Day, Nashville’s signature celebration of the Kentucky Derby will be held this year at The Cordelle on Saturday, May 6th from 3:30-7:00 pm. The event will feature live Derby coverage, a Silent Auction, the hilarious Stick Horse Races, local fare and Mint Juleps—the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. This colorful fundraiser is open to the public, and proceeds support Bridges’ programs to empower more than 207,000 Middle Tennesseans with any level of hearing loss.

Each year, Celebrity Jockeys at Music City Derby Day compete with guests and each other in Bridges’ Stick Horse Races, a croquet-inspired embodiment of the Derby races. With two-person teams using a mallet and a stick horse to beat each other down the track, the races raise funds while providing hilarious entertainment. Radio personality Ty Bentli of the nationally syndicated “Ty, Kelly and Chuck” show and fellow NASH brand radio host Elaina Smith of the “Nash Nights Live” show will be the Celebrity Jockeys for this year’s Music City Derby Day.

“We are excited to have Ty and Elaina on board for our fourth, annual Music City Derby Day during our 90th year,” said Nancy Denning-Martin, President & CEO at Bridges. “Both have a natural warmth and humor that is a perfect match for this important but fun event. Ty and Elaina also have a wonderful understanding of and appreciation for Bridges’ work to build a more inclusive, barrier-free community, and we’re thankful they are sharing our mission with their national audiences.”

Music City Derby Day guests will enjoy fabulous fare from Bacon & Caviar, beer from Black Abbey Brewing, wines from Midtown Cork Dorks, bourbon courtesy of Woodford Reserve and, of course, Old Forester Mint Juleps…the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby! The all-inclusive tickets are $90 and can be purchased at Prepare to don your hats, fascinators, and best Derby duds!

Bridges has partnered with Lyft to offer safe ride discounts for Music City Derby Day. New Lyft users can get two free rides (up to $10 each) at http://lyft. com/i/mcderby or download the app and enter code MCDERBY. Existing users can save 15% off two rides with code MCDERBY15. The event is 21 and up and is made possible by their generous sponsors Pinnacle Financial Partners, Bridgestone, Frost Arnett, Nashville Lifestyles, DVL Seigenthaler, Southern Bank of Tennessee, Regions Bank, Fanny & June, SunnyBand, Zeitgeist Gallery, and MedCycle Management.

Bridges is a nonprofit organization that unites the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities through education, services, and support. Since 1927, the agency has provided a wide range of programs and services to the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky areas.

These include after school programs, wellness classes, case management services, American Sign Language interpreters, community education and outreach, and other programs for children and adults who face communication barriers in the hearing world. Bridges helps remove those barriers, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. For more information, visit