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People’s Health Clinic’s Silver Queen Derby celebrates three years

The annual Silver Queen Derby, as seen in this photo from last year, is a fundraiser that gives women an opportunity to dress up and raise money for the People's Health Clinic. (Nan Chalat Noaker/Park Record)

In 2011, the People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality health care to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties, presented its first Silver Queen Derby.

The event featured food, libations, live entertainment, pop-up boutiques and a fashion show.

It also allowed a group of women to dress up in fancy dresses and hats and raise money for the PHC’s women’s health programs that include well-women exams, prenatal education and prenatal visits.

On Saturday, June 15, the People’s Health Clinic will present its third annual Silver Queen Derby at Stein Eriksen Lodge at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $100 per person and RSVPs are due today, Wednesday, June 12, by visiting http://www.peopleshealthclinic.org .

This year’s event is also designed to be a celebration of the success the Silver Queen Derby has become.

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"Since our first derby, more than 200 women have had a well-woman exam and for many of these patients, it was their first," said Jenny Dorsey, event director for the People’s Health Clinic. "I feel that donors want to know where the money we raise goes and how it affects the women in our community. That’s why we’re celebrating."

Like the first one, this year’s derby is a fun, lively way to raise funds for PHC’s women’s programs, Dorsey explained.

"I think the women who attend the derby like that it’s an event where women can get together with their friends and have a great time," she said. "For me, it’s an opportunity to shed the jeans and fleece and don some wonderful hats and dress up."

When PHC hosted its first Derby, Dorsey and her staff were a little nervous about how it would be received.

"We had those butterflies and wondered if people would embrace it," she said. "But I think — because it was different than other fundraisers in town and focused on the women — that it spoke to our community."

This year, PHC is offering a new service — dental exams.

"We have a dentist who comes into the clinic once a month, so more women are getting dental care," Dorsey said. "In addition to not always getting an wellness exam, some of the women who we serve aren’t going to the dentist, and in my research, I found the lack of dental care can affect chronic illnesses and it will affect overall health in women."

This is the second year that the Stein Eriksen Lodge will host the derby.

"They have underwritten this event, and this will also be the first public event that will be held in their indoor/outdoor ballroom," Dorsey said. "It’s got a terrace and nice foyer area and the ballroom is exquisite. We are excited to be in their space."

Zane Holmquist, the lodge’s executive chef, has created a great menu for the event, she said.

"He has created some items that I’ve heard were from his grandmother’s recipes," Dorsey said.

In addition to the food and drink, this year’s Silver Queen Derby will feature a vendor area.

"We welcome back Vanessa Di Palma Wright with Farasha Boutique," she said. "She is on our board of directors, but has also supported us from the start with her pop-up boutique."

A new vendor this year is Right at Home Designs.

"Marion Boland, Eileen Mullane and Cindy Matsumoto have supported our clinic over the years and we’re thrilled they are coming on board this year," Dorsey said. "We also will have PurseDreamsSLC and the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge who are going to take part by giving mini manicures and selling some spa items."

The afternoon will include an array of silent auctions and live entertainment.

"We are happy to have the Park City Harp Ensemble back with us," she said. "And then we’ll hear Park City’s own Trebelmakers, an a cappella group, perform."

Silver Queen Derby Chairwoman Cathy Richards said an event like this is a way for her to give back to Park City.

"It’s important for me to support my community," Richards said. "I’m very sensitive about health care issues and people not having health care, and I think what they do at People’s Health Clinic is amazing.

"It is important that women know that there is a place they can go when they don’t have health insurance," she said. "If you look around, you will find that some of our favorite employees who work in Park City as a liftee or a cook or server at one of our restaurants don’t have insurance. So, we’re lucky to have the People’s Healthy Clinic provide that for them."

The People’s Health Clinic’s Silver Queen Derby will be held on Saturday, June 15, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person. RSVPs will be taken until Wednesday, June 12. For more information, contact Jenny at (435) 333-1871 or by email at jenny@phcpc.org .

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