Billings Derby Party

The first Saturday in May is steeped in tradition—tradition that spans across two centuries and culminates in an event referred to as “the most exciting two minutes in sports:” the Kentucky Derby. There is an undeniable appeal to the Derby, as it embodies so much of what we love about this season: freshly picked roses and newly awakened greenery; bright, crisp fashions and cheery spring hats; the luminous warmth of the sun as you enjoy a picnic; and of course, parties. A Derby Party is the pinnacle of outdoor elegance and a prime opportunity for fun, as crowds dress to the hilt whilst sipping mint juleps and admiring powerful thoroughbreds. Billings Lifestyle wants to capture this spirit and celebrate with the community by hosting its inaugural Signature Event: The Billings Derby Party!

On May 4, attendees will be treated to an afternoon and evening of food, drinks, live music and entertainment. Multiple vendors are scheduled to delight throughout the day, such as a slow-motion video booth, a caricature artist, cigar rollers and more. Visit the barn to view various horse breeds on display. For those who want to indulge in a bit of gambling, there will be a Derby Winner Auction. Half of the total raised for the Derby Auction will go to the three separate winning bidders for Win, Place and Show. The other half will be donated to the nonprofit organization for this year: the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation. Even a losing bet this Derby Day aids a worthy cause! The auction will begin around 3 p.m. 

All are welcome to attend on Saturday, May 4 from 2–8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online. Visit BillingsDerby.com for more information. 

Your Donation: Making an Impact, Multiple Channels

Proceeds generated by the Billings Lifestyle Signature Event will benefit the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. The Foundation supports the emotionally troubled children and families served by Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch through charitable works and fundraising. These efforts support such endeavors as construction and maintenance of campus buildings, initiating new treatment programs, and serving at-risk children in the community.

“The Foundation also provides for the long-term financial security of the Ranch by building endowment through tax-wise charitable planned gifts,” says Bill Hritsco, president/general counsel of YBGRF.

Through Bill’s expertise, we delve into some of the channels your donation may take once it is bestowed upon the YBGRF. 

Restricted or Unrestricted?

“Generally speaking, funds are either restricted or unrestricted,” Bill says.

Unrestricted funds are directed to the Ranch’s most urgent and pressing needs by the Foundation. 

“We are currently in a focused campaign to raise $90,000 to replace the roof on the iconic Chapel on the Ranch’s campus,” he says.

Specific Needs

“Restricted funds are those raised or dedicated to a specific need or program at the Ranch,” Bill says. “Whenever we are raising funds for such specific purposes, those funds are sent to the Ranch upon completion of the campaign and used immediately to accomplish the specific objectives. We provide reports back to major donors demonstrating our stewardship of their gifts and the success in funding the particular project or program.”

Donations can be directed to pre-specified programs, such as:

  • Spiritual Life Outreach: A voluntary, non-denominational program offering chapel services, YoungLife Camps, Bible study and mentoring. 
  • Repair and Maintenance: Benefits campus buildings and lodges, which may be in need of new roofs, windows, carpeting, furnishings, etc. 
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) – “Staff at the Ranch commonly see therapeutic breakthroughs when kids have to learn to trust and handle an animal as large and sensitive as a horse,” Bill says. “Government and insurance funding doesn’t cover these types of extra services offered at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, so we must fundraise to keep the program going.” 
  • Endowment Fund – “We are always raising money for our Endowment Fund, a perpetual fund from which the earnings are used for an annual block grant to the Ranch to help meet its annual operating budget,” Bill says. “The Endowment Fund is critical in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Ranch.”
  • Various Youth Projects: Indoor and outdoor recreation, back-to-school preparedness/supplies, gifts at Christmas from their Secret Santas and chemical dependency treatment are a few of the impactful programs being sponsored by the Foundation. 

A Word from Our Sponsors

Brian Lethert
Spitfire Financial Group

“I’m really Looking forward to attending the Inaugural Billings Derby Party. I’ve always enjoyed a good party, and it looks like this is going to be one of those “can’t-miss” events! All the better when a local nonprofit is the main beneficiary of the event. Kudos to Billings Lifestyle for working hard to make this happen. See you in May!”

Shara Kay
Granite Fitness

“Granite Health + Fitness is thrilled to sponsor an event that brings the Billings community together and pours back into our community by supporting the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, a truly worthy organization. The Billings Derby is sure to be a fun event for all!”

Oli and Melanie Tripp

Comtech Audio Theater Security

“Comtech is looking forward this year’s Billings Derby Party. We are happy to be a part of it. You can bet anything Billings Lifestyle does… is gonna be awesome fun!”

Trisha Kalfell
Thrive

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this amazing event! This will be something everyone will want to put on their calendar to attend annually!”

Bill Hritsco

YBGR Foundation

“Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation can’t wait for the Billings Derby! What a great opportunity to showcase the therapeutic Equine Program for the emotionally troubled youth at the Ranch! Our thanks to Billings Lifestyle magazine for the opportunity.”

Devon Davidson

M.A.R.S. of Billings

“It sounds like Billings Derby will be a once-a-year event that will create memories that will last a lifetime. M.A.R.S. of Billings is honored to be a sponsor and help a great cause while enjoying an amazing day.”

Jolene and Cameron Campbell

Campbell Horses

“Campbell Horses is very excited to be a 2019 sponsor of the Billings Derby Party! We are lifelong horse professionals and owners of a newly acquired equine facility in Laurel. Our family feels blessed to have the opportunity to get involved with our new community in such a fun way!”

Jeff and Anmarie Lethert

Billings Lifestyle

“This Derby Party is meant to bring our community together to celebrate, have fun and give back. We look forward to seeing you all there.”