Silver Queen Derby tips the hat to women’s health |

Silver Queen Derby tips the hat to women’s health

Last year, Grappa Restaurant hosted the inaugural Silver Queen Derby benefiting the People’s Health Clinic, which provides medical care to uninsured residents of Summit and Wasatch counties.

Guests noshed on a gourmet food luncheon, made bids on silent auction items and various fashions provided by Farasha Boutique while donning sometimes outrageous hats.

"The event, like with all of our events, was us trying to do something different that hadn’t been done in the community before," said Jenny Dorsey, the People’s Health Clinic’s event coordinator. "I loved the idea of a derby event with all the derby hats. I had it in my vision to have a garden party, but in most years, especially in May, when they run the Kentucky Derby, it’s too cold and snowy in Park City and the restaurants, after ski season, close for a long and well-deserved break.

"So, we decided to do the Silver Queen Derby Park City style and do it when it’s warm," she said. "That way we pull out our summer dresses, fun hats and fascinators and enjoy some great food."

Last year’s event was such a success that PHC decided to do it again.

The People’s Health Clinic’s second annual Silver Queen Derby will be held Saturday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way.

"We’ll enjoy the beautiful views from their patio and will hand out prizes for the best fun hat or hats that will be worn that day," Dorsey said.

In addition to Stein Eriksen Lodge, Zion’s Bank and Farasha Boutique are sponsors for the derby.

"Vanessa Di Palma Wright, who owns Farasha, also serves on our board of directors and healthcare is close to her heart," Dorsey said. "She graciously brings in these gorgeous fashions and jewelry that will be modeled throughout the luncheon and PHC will get a percentage of the sales of the fashions or jewelry."

The luncheon will also feature a silent auction that will include items such as a vineyard tour and tasting in Napa Valley, skis and packages to the Olympic Park, Black Diamond Gym and Park City Sailing.

"We will also have a drawing for a personal styling from Farasha Boutique and a spa treatment from Stein Eriksen Spa," Dorsey explained.

While it appears to be all fun and games, the money raised through the Silver Queen Derby will help with the PHC’s women’s wellness program.

"We’re just beginning to build the program, because 67 percent of our patients are female," Dorsey said. "We want to do more to support their health and not only refer to the well visits or emergencies. We want to be proactive."

A few months ago, People’s Health Clinic received a Susan G. Komen Grant that allowed it to conduct mammogram screenings, Dorsey said.

"We were fortunate to receive that grant and the fundraiser will add more resources for that service," she said. "It’s important that our female population is getting screened early, because Utah has the lowest breast-cancer screening rate in the country."

In addition, studies show that Summit County has the highest rate of breast cancer in Utah, and Wasatch County has the second highest number of breast cancer cases in the state, Dorsey said.

"I have a tendency to think if you’re uninsured, you sometimes are afraid to go to get a check up because of what they might find," she said. "So, we want to help educate our patients and our community that the screenings need to be started, because if there is something we can catch it early rather than later, when it may be more of an issue.

"The Silver Queen Derby will help support those efforts even more," Dorsey said.

The second annual Silver Queen Derby fundraiser for the People’s Health Clinic is Saturday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way. Seating is limited. For tickets, call event coordinator Jenny Dorsey at (435) 333-1871 or visit .

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