Down and Derby

The first of its kind in Fort Myers, this Kentucky Derby-themed party & social event will be just the right mix of fun and flair for those who want to get “Down & Derby”! The Down & Derby Party, hosted by HelloSWFL, will be held on the beautiful back lawn of the historic Heitman House with amazing views along the Caloosahatchee River, just a few blocks east of downtown Fort Myers.

Saturday May 5, 2018 3-7 pm

Expect the finest in fashion, food, and entertainment while taking in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. Be sure to dress to impress with the Hat & Dapper Contest, where we will award the top male and female partygoers who don out-of-this-world, derby attire and headwear.

We will have the best dressed and most stylist crowd for the Down & Derby Party. Join us for the Hat & Dapper contest where we will crown the best-dressed male and over the top female hat of the day.

Event Highlights

∙ Complimentary Valet Parking ∙ Swag Bags & Pint Glass Giveaways ∙ Complimentary Mint Julep at arrival ∙ Miniature Pony Photo Ops ∙ Music by DJ Manny C ∙ Hat & Dapper Contest for the Best-Dressed ∙ Passed Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres ∙ Derby Day Cocktails ∙ Lawn Games ∙ Live Broadcast of Race on Jumbo Screen ∙ Player’s Pool Live Derby Betting

Derby Sunset After Party

Our lodging sponsor, Hotel Indigo, has graciously offered to host a Derby Sunset After Party at their beautiful Rooftop Bar immediately following the party.  Discounted King Leisure rooms are also available for partygoers at the discounted rate of $109.00 using the following Derby exclusive discount code: DND

Call the hotel at 239.337.3446 to make reservations using the group code: DND

About Valerie’s House

Net proceeds from this year’s Down & Derby Party will benefit Valerie’s House, a loving place for grieving families in Southwest Florida.

Valerie’s House is a special place for children and families who have experienced tragedy, loss or death, where they can come grieve with each other and learn how to cope with the death of a parent or sibling. For more information, visit for more information.

Interested in sponsoring?

Looking to create a unique sponsorship experience? Contact Tara at 239-940-7815 or via email at to discuss your ideas on how to create an event sponsorship or partnership with us.