People’s Health wraps another successful derby
Ryan Summerlin June 28, 2013
The People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties, celebrated another successful Silver Queen Derby on Saturday, June 15.
The third-annual luncheon was held at Stein Eriksen Lodge and served as a fundraiser for the clinic’s women’s programs that include prenatal care, physicals and chronic care, including diabetes and cholesterol testing, said event director Jenny Dorsey.
"There were 120 women who attended the event, which is a very respectable showing," Dorsey told The Park Record. "We all enjoyed lunch, libations, pop-up boutique with Farasha Boutique by one of our board members, Vanessa Di Palma Wright, and a style show.
"It was wonderful that so many women from our community turned out to support the People’s Health Clinic’s women’s program," she said.
This year’s event featured more entertainment than in the past, Dorsey said.
"First of all, we had a group called the Park City Treblemakers perform," she said. "They are a new a cappella group led by Shelle Jennings and they were wonderful."
The performance was significant because the group’s very first concert was for the People’s Health Clinic last winter.
"So, to have them do another concert for us in the spring was special," Dorsey said. "They did a fabulous rendition of the ‘Ascot Gavotte’ from the musical ‘My Fair Lady,’ which we thought was quite appropriate, because in the segment of the film, when the piece is performed, everyone is wearing some wonderful hats."
Speaking of hats, the derby included a hat contest that was judged by Sarah Myers, the public relations manager for the Stein Eriksen Lodge.
"We had three winners — Michelle Moore, Monika Guendner and Robin Nygaard," Dorsey said.
The women that weren’t in the contest were still able to try on and pose for pictures in a collection of vintage hats provided by Teri Orr, Park City Performing Arts Foundation executive director, and her daughter Jenny Knaak of Mean Jean Hats.
"They were Teri’s mother’s hats, and it was just fabulous that she supported us this way," Dorsey said. "We had a blast trying them on."
Adding to the fashion flair, 10 models strutted their stuff during a style preview presented by Farasha Boutique.
"All the models ranged in different ages, and they all looked good in Vanessa’s fashions," Dorsey said. "We love the way she has married her love of fashion with her philanthropy and fundraising."
The luncheon also included a special guest, David Williams, who sits on the People’s Health Clinic’s board of directors.
"He stopped by and also donned a hat," Dorsey said with a laugh. "Then he entertained us with a few jokes."
Another highlight were the vendors.
"I think everyone also enjoyed the shopping and I think those that sold their goodies were happy," Dorsey said. "We are so excited the derby has been so well received. It’s a fun women’s event and the fact that the funds raised will benefit our women’s wellness programs really speaks to people in Park City."
For more information about the People’s Health Clinic, visit www.peopleshealthclinic.org.