Young Affiliates of the MInt to Host 24th Annual Derby Days on Saturday May 3

Popular event will feature free food and beverage, live entertainment, lawn games, a silent auction, and a viewing of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” at Mint Museum Randolph

The Young Affiliates of the Mint (YAM) will host the 24th Annual Derby Days with Triple Crown Sponsor The Sporting Gent. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph, located at 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte.

New for this year’s Derby Days, the YAMs will feature a signature Derby cocktail, The Mint’s Julep, featuring Maker’s Mark® Bourbon Whiskey and Maker’s 46®  Bourbon Whiskey, using the recipe of Heist Brewery’s award-winning mixologist, Stefan Huebner. In addition to the traditional hat contest for the ladies, this year’s event will also feature a Dapper Dan contest for the best-dressed gentleman at Derby Days.

Named the “Best Party for Young Socials” by SouthParkMagazine, Derby Days brings together more than 300 of Charlotte’s young professionals to enjoy a day of live entertainment; lawn games; free beer, wine, and food; a silent auction; 50/50 raffle; as well as a large-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby, dubbed “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

The Official After-Party for this year’s Derby Days will be held at Peculiar Rabbit, located at 1212 Pecan Avenue.

Tickets will be sold online, with Early Bird prices starting at $30 for YAM members and $45 for nonmembers. The price for both will increase by $10 after April 19. Those who wish to attend must purchase their tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. This event is for patrons 21 years of age or older.

Money raised from the event will go toward Project FundaMINTal. Project FundaMINTal is the YAM’s campaign to raise $10,000 that will help support the Mint’s Annual Fund in 2014. The Mint’s Annual Fund addresses the most critical needs of the museum.

For more information about the 2014 Derby Days, visit

The Young Affiliates of the Mint is a group of diverse young professionals who promote and support The Mint Museum through social, educational, leadership, and fundraising activities. Founded in 1990, the Young Affiliates is the premier social arts organization for young professionals in the Charlotte area. For more information about the Young Affiliates of the Mint, visit The Mint Museum is funded, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; the City of Charlotte; and its members.