Kentucky Derby event returns to Stables at Le Bocage

Derby for Dollars 2016Rick HickmanRickHickmanPhotographer
https://www.americanpress.com/content/tncms/avatars/6/d3/ea1/6d3ea1c8-3a6c-11e7-a1c2-0f91a5883b36.b31acdd1ef972ec0a2acb8ea5b28d153.png

The sixth annual Derby for Dollars at The Stables at Le Bocage will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, to benefit Family and Youth’s Shannon Cox Counseling Center.

In true Kentucky Derby style, individuals are invited to dress with wide-brimmed hats, seersucker suits and any other attire related to the Kentucky Derby. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed. 

“People really go all out,” said Devan Corbello, Family and Youth outreach coordinator. 

In addition to the televised broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, themed cocktails, live betting, a cigar bar and food-tasting booths will be available to participants.  

More than 25 local restaurants will be lined up for “restaurant row,” offering samplings of their best food and beverage menu items, Corbello said.  

Students of The Stables at Le Bocage will showcase their equestrian skills in a jumping

exhibition. 

Derby for Dollars 2016

Rick HickmanRickHickmanPhotographer
https://www.americanpress.com/content/tncms/avatars/6/d3/ea1/6d3ea1c8-3a6c-11e7-a1c2-0f91a5883b36.b31acdd1ef972ec0a2acb8ea5b28d153.png

Valet service will be available, and all events will take place under covered tents or indoors.  

Corbello said participation in the event has “skyrocketed” over the past several years. This year, the organization expects more than 600 people to attend and aims to raise $100,000 to support the counseling center and its initiatives. 

Established by John and Ginny Henning, the Shannon Cox Counseling Center provides grief counseling to children who have experienced a tragic loss.

Cox was “a local advocate for the less fortunate, children and families,” Corbello said. 

Upon her death, her friends sought to fill the need for quality grief therapy for children. Working with local schools and social agencies, the center annually serves 165 Southwest Louisiana children, free of charge, said Caitlin Delafield, Family and Youth counselor. 

Tickets are $125 at www.fyca.org or by calling Dana McDonald at 436-9533.

life

On Campus: SW La. students recognized for achievements

Local News

Is Tornado Alley shifting eastward? La. residents say it is

Local News

Weeklong heat wave loosens grip slightly on US Southwest but forecasters still urge caution

Local News

Impact of carbon capture project on Chicot Aquifer questioned

Business

Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Business

Aypa Power plans $440M solar farm in rural section of Jeff Davis, Calcasieu parishes

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column: Elections major session issue

Local News

Israel bombs UN-run school in Gaza, a day after strike on school killed 33

Crime

Hunter Biden’s daughter Naomi testifies about her father

Local News

PHOTO GALLERY: Calcasieu Kennel Club Dog Show

Local News

Police Jury considering I-10 beautification project

Crime

6/7: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

New restaurant summer kick-off event to feature music, games

life

Coushatta Pow Wow: Annual Kinder event offers chance to experience Native American culture

life

Lake Charles Community Band concert to present tribute to Grammy winners

Local News

Port Wonder Progress: Target date for opening is mid-September

life

Fort Johnson security guard helps save neighbor’s home

Business

‘Streamlined, flexible, transparent’ ITEP process is in the works

Crime

Widow of Beau Biden tells jurors in Hunter Biden’s gun trial that she threw firearm in a trash can

McNeese Sports

Wade talks about roster

Local News

Bicyclist fatally struck near Broad Street

life

Area property owners encouraged to submit storm damage online

Local News

Only way to go is up: Kennedy says Cowgirls headed in right direction

Crime

6/6: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list