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!
When & Where
Hats for Hope has selected Kosair Charities® as the new beneficiary of their premier fundraising event pre-Derby cocktail evening featuring a silent auction of 300 new and gently-used Derby hats as well as 80-100 gift baskets. Last year, Hats for Hope was able to donate $42,750 to Kosair Charities.
“Hats for Hope is excited about this new partnership with Kosair Charities,” Ann Mudge, Chair for Hats of Hope, said. “This represents a new chapter in our organization's evolution of giving to the Louisville community and providing funding for research and medical services for those in need.”
"We’re proud to support families and Kosair Kids affected by cancer,” Vicky Weber, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kosair Kids, said. “Our agencies such as Gilda’s Club, Camp Quality, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville Cancer Research Center and more provide services to many of these families."
About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. For more information please visit http://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696.
About Hats for Hope: Hats for Hope began in 2004 when a handful of volunteers from KFC, YUM! Brands, Inc., Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC and Golden State Foods were looking for a way to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Twelve years later and over half a million dollars later, Hats for Hope draws hundreds each year to an event of support and celebration of lives affected by cancer.