PFAC preps for Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser May 6
Nashvilleís Matt Haeck to headline concert
by Pinedale Fine Arts Council
April 27, 2017
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) may have just ended their 5-event season ticket series but the 41-year-old local arts organization doesnít have much time to kick back and relax. In little over a week PFAC will host their annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on May 6 at the Sublette County Fair Grounds. Proceeds benefit PFACís extensive school arts programs in Pinedale and Big Piney and, in typical PFAC fashion, itís a pretty big production.
Centered around the actual Kentucky Derby, the PFAC event starts with a full broadcast of the Derby on a giant television followed by a 6-team stick horse obstacle race featuring local businesses as the jockeys. After the race is a full 4-course dinner (this year is beef brisket) and when 7pm rolls around the live music and dancing starts. Add in a hat contest, custom photo booths and, of course, mint juleps and youíll have a pretty good grasp of the event.
"Itís pretty crazy when you think about all the different things we try to pull off," Tim Ruland, PFAC Marketing/Outreach Director says. "Itís really five or six events crammed into one and thatís before you even get to the music."
This yearís music headliner is Nashville honky-tonker Matt Haeck (pronounced Heck) who is touring the U.S. in support of his debut album Late Bloomer. Between playing legendary venues in Brooklyn and Austin, Matt and his 4-piece band will bring their energetic live show to the Fair Grounds Stage.
And while the Derby Fundraiser bills itself as Sublette Countyís biggest party, at the heart of the event is PFACís school programs which, in the past three years, have reached every single student in every single grade in the county.
"Reports by the College Board show creativity is among the top five applied skills sought by business leaders Ė with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring" says PFAC Director Kari DeWitt "Itís not just that the students enjoy these programs and the teachers request them year after year. Itís that exposure to the arts is setting them up for success later in life, and thatís powerful."
Tickets for PFACís Kentucky Derby Fundraiser are $40 per adult or $25 per student and available at Office Outlets (Pinedale & Big Piney), the Cowboy Shop and online at pinedalefinearts.com.
For those who just want to catch the Matt Haeck concert portion of the evening, just show up at 7 p.m. and pay $5 at the door. Be sure to bring your danciní shoes!
PFAC is also happy to announce that they will be offering both a shuttle service to and from the full event as well as on-site childcare for just $10 per child. Both services can be booked at pinedalefinearts.com under the eventís ticket purchase section.