Monday, May 2, 2011

Dallas Symphony Derby 2011 Gallops Across the Line

The 2011 Wells Fargo Dallas Symphony Derby marked the fourteenth year the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League has partnered with the Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.  Grey skies and frigid winds couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd who turned out for a fun-filled day of dining and horse racing. 

Regina Bruce and Mike Marasco

The event included an extensive buffet in the spacious Silks Dining Room that overlooked the final turn and finish line of the track.  Former NBC 5 Sports Anchor, Scott Murray, was a well-oiled machine in the live auction competition getting rousing cheers as bids topped expectations on trips and other great packages. 

My favorite part is always wandering the extensive (and more affordable) silent auction throughout the event.  Of course, the best part of the day was the great people-watching. Ladies went all out in the Derby finery and there were a lot of great hats and beautiful outfits to see. In the end, there was something for everyone...

(left) Patricia Armstrong-Derby, Jose Reyes and Kelli Welch  (right) Rick Ortiz and Sandy Salinas

Proceeds from this event benefited the Dallas Symphony’s Education and Outreach programs.