Grande Dunes’ Derby Day Brings Churchill Downs Excitement to Marina Park
More than 500 people, many in full race day regalia, attended Grande Dunes’ first annual Derby Day celebration on Saturday, May 5. Women took pride in colorful race-day hats and dresses, while men sported bright blazers, pastel shirts and bowties. The most fashionable, including children, took home awards from the Best Dressed Contest.
The uber-stylish attendees enjoyed live music from bluegrass bands Grasstowne and Cornbread, plenty of food from the Jersey Dogs and Mister Softee trucks, and cheer from a beer and wine tent. Kids were thrilled by the games, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and balloon animals created by a performer on stilts.
A jumbo monitor, against the backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway, allowed everyone to view the Derby live from Marina Park’s grassy lawn.
The $60 and $100 tickets to the VIP Tent, which sold out quickly, contributed in a big way to charity haul that day. The VIPs had access to their own tables, open bar and private viewing monitors. They also savored gourmet fare from Kurbside Katering. On the sunny afternoon, the VIP Tent provided a cool and shaded place to kick back and watch the Derby with other donors.
Many praised the festive atmosphere and opportunity to meet new people in a beautiful locale such as Marina Park. “We offer many opportunities for our residents to connect with their neighbors as well as the greater Myrtle Beach community by coming together and giving back to the local area. The Grande Dunes community is about the wonderful people, the resort style amenities, and the overall lifestyle. It’s about doing the things that you are passionate about. That’s what the Grande Dunes lifestyle is all about” states Peggy Davis, Lifestyle Director at Grande Dunes.
Derby Day also generated donations of $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Horry County to build simple, decent and affordable housing for people in need; and to the Coastal Carolina Sertoma Club to improve the quality of life for those at risk for or impacted by hearing loss. Margaret Lacalle, Division President of LStar Ventures Coastal North, presented the check to Carla Schuessler, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, and Wes Standish, Board Member of Coastal Carolina Sertoma Club on May 24th, 2018. “LStar is all about giving back,” said Jenn Bynum, Vice President of Marketing, LStar Ventures. “We were so happy to do that on our first Derby Day.”