This year, the popular Baptist Health fashion show fundraiser, Pearls & Pumps, moves to Millionaires Row where it can double its audience, the fun… and the funds.


Shopping, mimosas, brunch and a Derby runway fashion show all come together for Pearls & Pumps: Rock the Raceway 2018 slated for Saturday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This over-the-top party with a purpose is a celebration of cancer survivors and friendships that supports women’s cancer care services and programs at Baptist Health. This year, the event makes the exciting move from its long-time home at The Olmsted to Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs. The move was made to accommodate the demand for tickets. The event is a sell-out every year and they’ve had to turn people away from the fundraiser. At Churchill, they will be able to accommodate 600 hundred guests— almost double the number they could seat in the past.

From hats to dresses, the fashion show will feature the latest in spring and Derby looks from local boutiques and include a runway walk showcasing cancer survivors.

Along with the inspiring fashion finds, there will be plenty of live and silent auction items to tempt the eager shopper. Guests are encouraged to wear their Derby hats and dresses to add to the festivities.

Crista Steinrock, the Foundation Coordinator for Baptist Health shared the importance of this occasion: “When this event started in 2012, it was geared to connect women in an effort to celebrate and support each other while raising funds for these important programs. We are so grateful that each year, we are able to extend help to more women touched by cancer.”

Last year, the fundraiser reached its goal of $115,000 and hopes to raise $130,000 this year. Proceeds fund programs at the Charles & Mimi Osborn Cancer Center and 3 Park Tower along with benefitting cancer care programs at Baptist Health Louisville and La Grange. This event allows Baptist Health to provide rides to and from appointments, customized wigs for their chemotherapy patients, Hope scarves and blankets for newly diagnosed patients, oncology massages, Reiki and art therapy, Tai Chi classes, and educational resources – just to name a few of the free services for cancer patients that are supported by ticket sales.

Individual tickets are $85 and tables seat eight. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit www.pearlsandpumps.org or call 502-896-7475.

Posted on 2018-01-04 by Allison Jones