Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Derby Museum Gala Canceled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — While horses will race at Churchill Downs this September, the Kentucky Derby Museum’s 34th annual Gala is canceled. 

What You Need To Know

  • Kentucky Derby Museum 34th annual Gala canceled
  • Decision made because of COVID-19
  • Gala is premier fundraising event for museum

The decision to cancel was made by Museum Staff Leadership and the Kentucky Derby Museum Board of Directors, who agreed this was the most responsible move due to the ucertainty of COVID-19. 

The Gala, the premier fundraising event for the Kentucky Derby Museum, usually features dinner and dancing. It was previously rescheduled for Aug. 28. 

“The pandemic has created a very challenging business environment, especially for non-profit organizations like the Kentucky Derby Museum,” said Patrick Armstrong, president & CEO of the Kentucky Derby Museum. “Canceling the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala means losing our largest fundraiser of the year, and it will be yet another hardship we must overcome as a charitable organization. However, we feel certain it is the safest and correct decision at this time.”

Money raised from the Gala in previous years has gone toward the museum’s curatorial and educational programs and other program services of the museum. The museum will explore other funding options as soon as possible.

Gala ticketholders will be contacted soon for donation, credit and/or refund options.