Derby packages were delivered directly to attendees’ homes and served by The Olde Pink House employees and Park Place Outreach volunteers. Derby packages included pre-batched mint julep by Woodford Reserve, a 2020 Derby Bottle of Woodford Reserve, Woodford Reserve Rye, Woodford Reserve Double Oak, and appetizers by The Olde Pink House. Attendees were encouraged to participate in a virtual silent auction benefitting Park Place Outreach while watching the 146th Kentucky Derby.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in Reynold’s Square in Savannah’s Historic District, but quickly shifted to an at-home event due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
“As we all know, the word of 2020 is pivot. When we learned our event could not proceed on Reynolds Square as planned, we decided to take the Derby to our guests, instead of having them come to us. Everyone was very gracious in embracing our reinvented format, and we delivered Derby parties, to include generous supplies from Woodford Reserve, delicious food from The Olde Pink House, and even a personal bartender. In the end, I think people were more comfortable in their homes with their immediate circle of friends, and we had a great time party hopping all afternoon,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Julie Wade.
The money raised from the event will go towards program services and day-to-day activities for the youth.
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services, 514 E. Henry St., supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11-21, through a variety of residential and after-school programs. Serving teens since 1984, Park Place’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. The Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. Park Place Outreach’s other programs include the Street Outreach Program to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets, Family Preservation for Teens to help teens remain safely in their homes to maintain family stability, and the new Mission: Possible Transitional Living Program for males ages 16-21.
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.