Frequently Asked Questions about Derby Day

Q. What is Derby Day?

A. UNA Derby Day is an annual fundraising event hosted by President and Mrs. Kitts at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club. UNA Derby Day is a Kentucky Derby theme event and watch party, reminiscent of a Kentucky Derby gala, without the travel! The monies raised at UNA Derby Day fund the greatest needs and emerging priorities of the University as determined by UNA's senior leadership team, all for the benefit of our students, faculty and staff. This includes program support, research, scholarships, and more. Please consider being a part of our 8th UNA Derby Day on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Q. When and where is Derby Day?

A. Derby Day 2020 will take place at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Q. Who can attend Derby Day?

A. Derby Day is a ticketed event. To purchase tickets click here.

Q. How much do Derby Day tickets cost?

A. Individual tickets to UNA Derby Day are $100 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 256-765-5214.

Table sponsorships start at $1,500, and will provide the purchaser with a total of 8 seats for themselves and guests.  To arrange for table purchases, contact

Q.  Will food and refreshments be provided?

A. Yes, Derby Day 2020 is a catered event with multiple beverage stations that will feature wine and beer, all included with your reservation. 

Q.  Will there be any entertainment?

A. Yes, Derby Day 2020 will have numerous activities and entertainment for patrons to enjoy. Event attendees will have the chance to watch derby races throughout the day on large screen TV’s that are designated for race viewing.

Q. What is the Photo station?

A.  Pose for a picture taken by a professional photographer on the red carpet with a derby themed photo backdrop. Individual and group pictures will be offered. 

Q. What should I wear to the event?

A. Guests are encouraged to wear Kentucky-Derby-style clothing.  For men this could include bow-ties, khakis or a seersucker suit.  Women typically wear sundresses and are encouraged to wear a derby style hat.