The Sporting Life: Music City Derby Edition

A few folks at the 2017 Music City Derby.

Celebrate the Music City Derby on April 28, one week ahead of the Kentucky Derby. This signature event is unique and offers a combination of silliness and style that only Nashville can provide. From the signature cocktails and mint juleps to the dressed and the denim, from the betting window to the Derby hats and cowboy boots, the afternoon begins and ends with a casual elegance that is both sophisticated and laidback at the same time. And no one—no one—is immune to the charms of the derby itself—run by the most competitive stick horse jockeys in the South. Wander the gardens. Chat with friends. Nibble on delectable delights. Browse the silent auction, and “bet” on a sure thing in the stick horse races—maybe one of our celebrity jockeys. You will not find an event you will enjoy more in 2018; it’s a guaranteed good time with a good crowd for a good cause. Guests will enjoy delicious food and intoxicating beverages, a silent auction, stick-horse races, live music, and more.

Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will hold its fifth annual Music City Derby Day on Saturday, April 28th from 3:30 to 7:00 pm. This year the event is being held the week before the Run for the Roses in Louisville, Kentucky. This festive tribute to the Kentucky Derby draws hundreds of local business leaders, celebrities, and socialites. The 2018 installment will be held at historic Travellers Rest, located at 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville, TN 37220, and features a Silent Auction and attendees who participate in hilarious Stick Horse Races. The event is open to the public, and all proceeds support Bridges’ many innovative programs and services. The event is sponsored by HCA / TriStar, Amazon, Pinnacle Bank, Southern Bank of Tennessee, Front Arnett, Regions Bank, DVL Siegenthaler and Brown Forman. Viewers can purchase tickets at the Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing official website at $75 per person.

Bridges’ programs empower and remove barriers for the more than 207,000 adults and children in Middle Tennessee with any level of hearing loss. Programs include Adult Education & Outreach, Interpreting Services, Youth Education & Services, which includes Empowerment (case management) and more. Founded in 1927, Bridges has served the Middle Tennessee community for over 90 years. The community is invited to get involved through American Sign Language (ASL) classes, volunteer opportunities, sponsorships or donations, and obviously Derby Day. Last year, Bridges provided over 25,000 hours of interpreting services to our community. English and ASL are different languages and for Deaf children, English is a second language. They offer programs for youth that promote literacy in both English and ASL from birth to 17 years.