St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary hosts Kentucky Derby fundraiser

April 18, 2018 GMT

Baraboo residents don’t have to travel south to experience the thrill and extravagant garb of the Kentucky Derby.

The SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary will host its first-ever Derby Party on April 30 at the Baraboo Arts Center featuring gourmet food, raffles and a Kentucky Derby race game.

St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary co-president Darlene Otto said proceeds from the event will purchase medical equipment for the Baraboo healthcare center and provide scholarships for Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells students who want to enter the medical field.

“This year we are purchasing a wireless labor monitor system, which will allow moms in labor to move around a little bit easier and still have everything monitored while they’re doing that,” she said. “This year, we are also giving out 19 scholarships.”

St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary co-president Judy Spencer said the idea for the Kentucky Derby party arose from the organization’s seasonal fundraiser last fall, when the group held an Oktoberfest celebration.

“We were looking for a spring event to do because we did the Oktoberfest event in the fall,” she said. “My niece said, ‘Why don’t you do a Kentucky Derby party?’”

While not required, guests are encouraged to wear Kentucky Derby attire to the event, which will feature a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Anthony Teasdale of Quindt’s Towne Lounge in Baraboo.

The menu includes Kentucky bourbon smoked salmon, chilled sweet pea and mint soup with fried pork belly, Kentucky brown sandwich with potato corn fritters and dark chocolate and pecan whiskey balls with mint ice cream. The courses will be paired with offerings from Port Huron Brewing and Baraboo Bluff Winery.

“If anyone has not attended one of these dinner events, I think they would really enjoy it,” Otto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and give us a try.”

Tickets for the event cost $45 and must be purchased before Friday. They are available at the St. Clare Hospital Unique Boutique, Corner Drug Hometown Pharmacy and Quindt’s Towne Lounge. Spencer said Auxiliary members hope to interact with guests and raise awareness of the group’s fundraising efforts.

“We’re looking forward to having everyone enjoy themselves at the fundraiser,” she said.