Hats for Hope is a silent auction of Derby hats, as well as other items and packages including jewelry, gift certificates, trips and more! The event celebrates survivorship, friendship, fun and fashion - with 100% of the event's proceeds benefitting the fight against breast cancer. Over the last 8 years, Hats for Hope has raised approximately $350,000 towards the fight against breast cancer. This year all proceeds will go to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Guided by a strategic plan, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center is emerging as one of America's finest cancer treatment and research institutions.
Parking is free (excluding Valet) Validation is handled at the Registration/Checkout areas.
Message from the Chair
One of my fondest memories of my grandmother is her wonderful, infectious laugh. As a child, I knew that Mommom had breast cancer and had undergone a mastectomy, but that all happened when I was a baby and it seemed so distant from this wonderful lady with her indomitable spirit. And then my Aunt Sue was diagnosed, and suddenly breast cancer wasn't distant at all. As the years went by, there were friends, neighbors and co-workers who returned from their trips to the doctor with ashen faces and brave smiles, breaking the news that they too had joined the ranks of those battling this disease.
Although I did what I could to support the people I cared about when they were diagnosed, it was so frustrating not to be able to "fix" anything and to feel so helpless. I wasn't the only one feeling this way, and in 2004, a group of my co-workers from KFC, YUM! Brands and our purchasing co-op, UFPC, decided we'd had enough and it was time to fight back! We came up with the idea of Hats for Hope as a way to offer a fun night out and a shopping extravaganza, while raising awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.
Over the past 8 years, Hats for Hope has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for breast cancer research and programs - that's a lot of hats! We are deeply grateful to our sponsors, donors, supporters and guests for making this event such a success.
This year's Hats for Hope will be bigger and better than ever. Come and choose one of our 200 gorgeous hats for your Oaks or Derby outfit. Browse among the 80 or so "non-hat" packages offered as part of the silent auction - there's something for everyone! And be sure to see our "Celebration of Hope" honoree pictures and read their words of wisdom - these honorees are breast cancer survivors and some who have lost their battles, and they're the ones this event is all about.
We lost my grandmother awhile back, but I know that if she could be at Hats for Hope, the Mariott would be filled with her delighted laugh and her pride in what we've accomplished. Hats for Hope is for my grandmother, and for all those who have been impacted by breast cancer.
We hope you can join us on April 5th!
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Benefiting the James Graham Brown Cancer Center
The people of Kentucky deserve world-class cancer treatment.
No one should feel compelled to leave Kentucky to seek advanced treatment for cancer. That is why the University of Louisville, the community and state made a considerable investment 30 years ago in the development of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The mission of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center is to generate new knowledge relating to the nature of cancer, and to create new and more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and therapy, while delivering medical advances with compassion and respect to cancer patients throughout our region.
Guided by a strategic plan emphasizing strong translational research, the best quality treatment for our patients and by creating detection and prevention programs, we have experienced rapid growth and are attracting some of the best minds available to help us win this war.
We are dedicated to finding the answers to cancer. We have many successes to prove it. We are on the verge of many more.
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is emerging as one of America's finest cancer treatment and research institutions. This is critical to the future health and prosperity of all Kentuckians.