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Kentucky Derby Party

  • The Edgewater 1001 Wisconsin Place Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Join us & The Edgewater on The Grand Plaza at The Edgewater for Madison’s 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, sponsored by Maker’s Mark and benefiting Community Around the Children's Hospital- CATCH.

The outdoor event will feature by Madison favorite, The Big Payback and of course, a video wall with a live broadcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby. Put on your Derby best and snap a few party pics on our red-carpet step-and-repeat. Sip on Mint Juleps, Basil Bourbon Lemonades, Kentucky Mules, beer samples, and nosh on great derby inspired fare. Check out the horses on the American Road to the Kentucky Derby here.

Arrive right on time for plenty of time to play games & purchase 50/50 raffle tickets. 100% of game and raffle proceeds will benefit American Family Children's Hospital.
Derby attire is not required, but certainly encouraged as we add a Best Dressed competition to this year’s celebration. So grab your seersucker blazer and best brimmed hat and join us on the infield for Madison’s best derby party! Check out our Pintrest board for ideas.

**No reservations required, event free and open to the public. Add the event to your Facebook calendar here.

Purchase your exclusive All-Access Pass to the Grandstand on The Statehouse Terrace for just $55 per person. Enjoy…

  • Private bar and exclusive access to Grandstand Terrace

  • VIP gift bag with exclusive 2019 Derby Party t-shirt and other goodies

  • Complimentary Mint Julep keepsake pewter glass or Copper Mule Mug upon arrival

  • 1 Complimentary Drink Ticket

  • Complimentary Appetizers Upon Arrival, Limited Statehouse Terrace Menu for Purchase

We need the help of CATCH members to make this year’s Kentucky Derby event a success.

Please consider signing up for one or multiple 30 minute volunteer shifts at the event:

  • Game host: take tickets, instruct game rules, give away prizes

  • 50/50 raffle ticket sales: walk around the plaza and sell tickets

  • CATCH information tent: committee and council members to sign up new members

All of your time is important and needed to raise as much as possible to support the Badger Friday program at American Family Children’s Hospital.

This year, all proceeds from games and 50/50 raffle will support the Badger Friday program at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH). Badgers Give Back has been spreading smiles, one Friday at a time for nearly 2 decades! Wisconsin student-athletes visit the American Family Children’s hospital every Friday throughout the semester to visit with patients by going room to room, sharing smiles and giving gifts such as autographed posters, t-shirts, board games and teddy bears.

Football players like Olive Sagapolu, Chris Orr and Keelon Brookins (2016)

Football players like Olive Sagapolu, Chris Orr and Keelon Brookins (2016)

Why Badger Friday program? By supporting this program at the Kentucky Derby event on Saturday, May 4, 2019, t-shirts and gifts can be given out to more kids through the Badger Friday program for the 2019 / 2020 school year. We’re giving more opportunities for both student-athletes and patients to share smiles and brighten each other's day.

The beginning of Badger Fridays. These visits began as a tradition over 17 years ago, when UW Director of Athletics, Barry Alvarez was the head coach. The football team made special visit to the children's hospital as part of their Friday pre-game ritual. Badger Fridays have now expanded to involve all the sports teams at UW-Madison.

Meaningful for the patients & families
"The weekly Badger Friday visits from the student-athletes are really appreciated by the patients and families. Many patients look forward to meeting student-athletes from many different teams at UW-Madison. Some patients even get decked out in their Badger gear before the visit to make those photos with the student-athletes extra special to share with their families.” — Julie Auenson, Child Life Services Manager for the American Family Children's Hospital

Huge impact on student athletes
"It's priceless to see the massive grin on some of the kids' faces when we walk into the room. I am constantly inspired by their strength and positivity.” — Kelsey Grambeau, a junior on the 2016 women's tennis team.

"The visits to the children's hospital are a favorite among our student-athletes. It’s a great opportunity for student-athletes to promote our mission of enriching lives by encouraging, engaging and serving others.” — Jackie Davenport, Director of Community Relations for UW Athletics


Quotes are from an article first posted Dec 23, 2016 on

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