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Denim to Diamonds Kentucky Derby Party

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

$50.00 – $5.00
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Join us at Townsite Topeka on Saturday, August 20 for the Denim to Diamonds Kentucky Derby Party, our annual gala to benefit Topeka’s Ronald McDonald House. It’s no time to be understated, so start shopping now for your bold Derby attire – bright colors & big hats! Sponsorships are available and individual tickets & tables for 10 are now on sale, scroll down to make your purchase.

The Kentucky Derby Party will be a night to remember, kicking off with a cocktail party hosted by Cumulus Media’s Danielle Norwood & Shawn Knight. It will feature delicious appetizers, unlimited servings of our signature drink – the mint julep & champagne, additional drink tickets, games & a Best Hat / Best Jacket & Tie Contest with prizes galore! Next, a delectable dinner of classic southern cuisine will be followed by our gala program, which will be emceed by KSNT’s David George. Highlights include introduction of the 2022-2023 RMHC Family of the Year, the Share-a-Night & Live Auctions, and the winner of the Diamonds by Design Diamond Ring Raffle will be determined.  A DJ Dance After Party will then keep things hopping until 11:30 pm, when the fun night of fundraising will close out for another year. We are so excited to be all together again in person, sipping mint juleps & raising funds for Topeka’s Ronald McDonald House!

Schedule of Events:
Registration                         4:30 – 5:30 pm
Cocktail Party                      5:00 – 6:30 pm
Dinner & Program               6:45 – 9:00 pm
DJ Dance After Party           9:00 – 11:30 pm

What’s new this year?

In addition to the overall Cocktail Party & Gala, a limited number of tickets are available for the Kentucky Derby Party VIP Lounge, which takes place from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Townsite 16, formerly known as “Top of the Tower.” VIP Lounge Tickets are $50/each and do not include entry into the Denim to Diamonds Gala. Scroll down to make your purchase.

VIP Lounge


With the VIP Lounge ticket, each VIP will enjoy spectacular views of downtown Topeka and exclusive offerings, including:       

  • Kentucky Derby Party Valet Parking – 3:30 pm – Midnight for VIP Lounge, Cocktail Party & Gala
  • Trio of Signature Bourbon Cocktails prepared by Mixologist Aaron Zentner – Unlimited During VIP Lounge Event
  • Champagne & Charcuterie – Unlimited During VIP Lounge Event
  • Two Additional Drink Tickets – Valid for VIP Lounge, Cocktail Party & Gala
  • Exclusive Entertainment & Door Prize Drawings for VIPs
  • Exclusive Auction Items with VIP-only Bidding
  • RMHC Family of the Year Meet & Greet
  • First In-person Look at Live Auction Items
  • Photography by Hazim Happenings – Priority will be given to sharing digital images with VIPs via email

VIP Lounge Sponsor

Dr. Pepper

VIP Lounge Bourbon Sponsor

J. Rieger Co.

VIP Lounge Hosts

Hugh & Erin O’Reilly

McDonald’s Owner/Operators & RMHC Board Members


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2022 D2D Donation Request Form


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August 20
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$50.00 – $5.00
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Townsite Towers
534 S Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603 United States
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas
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