Compared to most women, I have a disproportionately large number of bad-hair days. In part this is because I have very, very curly hair and I try to wear it straight. This new "do" started about a year ago when the lady who cuts my hair decided to blow it straight for me one day and everyone commented how much younger I looked. Who knew curls highlighted wrinkles? So ever since then I've gone to battle daily, armed with only a hair dryer and styling product, against my corkscrew locks.

When it's raining or snowing, or windy, or sometimes if it's 72 degrees and sunny, I lose this battle and end up looking like the love child of Marge Simpson and Donald Trump. And that's in Utah, where the air is dry. In humid climates? My hair enters a room three minutes before I do.

Because these occasions happen with a great deal of frequency, I have a ridiculous collection of hats. More hats than shoes, underpants and dog leashes combined. I wear hats so often I suspect there are people who assume I battle with some type of female baldness.

But this Saturday I, like many women in town, will be donning elaborate headwear for a good cause. And it's not Female Baldness Awareness or Unmanageable Manes For the Cure. It's the Silver Queen Derby, a unique fundraiser specifically for the women's services offered at the People's Health Clinic.

"The Silver Queen Derby is an opportunity to celebrate and promote the power of women supporting other women, to take care of their health, all while wearing your best frock and fascinator," explains Jenny Dorsey, events planner at People's Health Clinic and the brains behind this unique ladies-only luncheon.


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As a fan of horse racing, Jenny came up with the idea of a fundraiser that has a fancy-hat dress code after watching the Kentucky Derby one year.

"I really wanted to do some type of Derby event here in Park City, allowing locals to shed their fleece and jeans we tend to find ourselves in all winter," Jenny said. "The weather in May of course is too unpredictable to have a garden party, so I thought, 'Why not do it in June?' Now, the Silver Queen Derby is in its third year and each year it continues to get bigger and raise more money for the women's wellness services at People's Health Clinic. And the hats continue to evolve and one-up each other from previous events too!"

The Silver Queen Derby is the premier women's-only fundraiser for the People's Health Clinic, a program that includes well-woman exams, prenatal visits, prenatal education, dental checkups and more for uninsured women in Summit and Wasatch counties.

Since the event's inception in 2011, more than 200 local women have benefited from funds raised at the Silver Queen Derby. And considering about 68 percent of the clinic's patients are women, many of whom could not otherwise afford a mammogram, this event plays a vital role in saving lives. Funds from the Silver Queen have also helped 144 healthy babies be born to moms who used the clinic for prenatal services.

"Uninsured women tend to delay seeking health care especially preventative care because of the cost involved," explained Nann Worel, executive director of the People's Health Clinic. "Our clinic is here to provide access to the care that all women need and insured women take for granted. Care that helps diagnose conditions before they become chronic or life-threatening, as well as care that makes sure moms-to-be are given every tool possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. We celebrate with our patients every time a healthy baby is born or a woman over 40 has a normal screening mammogram."

In addition to supporting a great cause and tapping into your creative energy (or getting some free time by giving your kids sequins and a hot-glue gun and putting them in charge of adding panache to your hat), attendees will also enjoy a delicious lunch, champagne, desserts, a silent auction, shopping opportunities, styling advice and of course, the unique opportunity to have a bad hair day that no one will notice.

This year's Silver Queen Derby will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Tickets are available at www.peopleshealthclinic.org or by calling Jenny Dorsey at 435.333.1871.

Amy Roberts is a longtime Park City resident, freelance writer and the proud owner of two ill-behaved rescue dogs, Boston and Stanley.