Record-Breaking Funds Raised At Sold-Out Inaugural Wellington Derby Fundraiser

Winners of the “Best Hat” contest went to the presenting sponsor team at Wellington Orthopedic Institute, pictured with Dr. Michael Mikolajczak and WCF Board Member Maggie Zeller.

The inaugural Wellington Derby Party, hosted by Diamante Farms Dressage on Saturday, May 4, exceeded all expectations, marking a historic milestone in philanthropy and community support. The sold-out event, benefiting the Wellington Community Foundation, garnered exceptional generosity from attendees and sponsors alike.

The evening unfolded at Diamante Farms Dressage, enveloping guests in the traditions of the Kentucky Derby combined with Wellington’s equestrian elegance and timeless southern charm. From thrilling races to genteel revelry, the event provided an unforgettable experience for all in attendance.

The highlight of the evening was not only the celebration of an exhilarating run of the 150th Kentucky Derby but also the unwavering support shown for the Wellington Community Foundation, which serves Wellington seniors, veterans and children in need. Thanks to the generosity of attendees and sponsors, the event raised record-breaking funds, ensuring that vital assistance and resources continue to reach those who need it most within the Wellington community.

A significant factor contributing to the success of the inaugural Wellington Derby Party was the strong support of sponsors, including the Wellington Orthopedic Institute, Lisa Seger Insurance, Michael Gauger for Sheriff, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Jasmine Velez at Douglas Elliman Realty, Red Clover Farm & Nursery, Katie Edwards-Walpole P.A. and Star Wine & Spirits. The fun photo booth was sponsored by LA Medical Associates. The sponsors played instrumental roles in making this event a resounding success. Their commitment to the community exemplifies the spirit of generosity and unity that defines Wellington.

Guests were treated to an exquisite culinary experience, curated by renowned chef Gardo Vincken of the Piaffe Lounge, with delicacies that tantalized the taste buds and perfectly complemented the evening’s festivities. From the moment attendees arrived, they were immersed in the spirit of the Derby, with mint juleps flowing and the excitement of the race palpable in the air.

The Wellington Derby event proved to be more than just a party; it was a testament to the power of the community coming together for a meaningful cause. Whether seasoned equestrian enthusiasts or newcomers to the sport, attendees reveled in the glamour, gastronomy and spirit of giving that defined the evening.

In addition to the excitement of this inaugural Wellington event, guests also eagerly anticipated the live viewing of the 150th Kentucky Derby on a theater-sized screen. The 2024 Kentucky Derby crowned Mystik Dan in first place by a nose, inching out second place winner Sierra Leone and third place winner Forever Young. However, all three made it possible for three lucky attendees to receive more than $1,700 in dining gift certificates generously donated by top Palm Beach County restaurants. All attendees celebrated the triumph of the winners and the thrilling spectacle of the Kentucky Derby as the party continued into the night.

As they hang up their hats on this inaugural Derby event, the Wellington Community Foundation extends its heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed to the event’s tremendous success. Together, they galloped into a night of pure delight while making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need within the Wellington community — all while creating a new tradition, and a not-to-be-missed, end-of-season event.

The foundation is happy to announce that it will be holding the 2025 Wellington Derby Party at the incomparable Diamante Farms Dressage venue next year, where another first-class event is anticipated. So, keep an eye out for the coolest bow tie or fascinator and be sure to mark your calendars to attend next year on Saturday, May 3, 2025.

For more information about the Wellington Community Foundation or how you can become involved in helping your neighbors in need, visit