2024 Derby for Kids

Event Information




Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Dr.
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Funds raised will support AARC and substance use disorder interventions and priority needs of The Children’s Foundation.

The opposite of addiction is connection.” -Dr. Matt LaCasse, Director, AARC


Youth in our communities are dying because of substance use; addiction is a disease that often develops during vulnerable teen years. Those who are struggling with substance use disorder may often struggle with other mental health disorders that require specialized therapy to treat conditions simultaneously. Unfortunately, services like this are sparse for youth. Our current system is leaving patients without appropriate care and as a tragic result, young lives are being lost.


Adolescent Addiction Recovery Center (AARC) is a new, comprehensive, outpatient-based clinic for adolescents struggling with substance use and mental health. Using specialized therapy, the clinic focuses on empowering youth to make actions that bring them closer to their values and the things they care about, building connectedness with themselves, their families and those around them. AARC also provides treatment for psychiatric issues that often accompany substance use, including anxiety and depression.


AARC is possible thanks to the philanthropic generosity of donors like you. Your support is essential to maintaining and growing this crucial resource for youth. Join us in this important effort as an attendee or sponsor. Your gift will change and save lives.


Come dressed in your best hat or bow-tie, ready to support local kids. Enjoy delicious southern cuisine, signature mint juleps, a silent auction, and a big-screen coverage of the 150th Kentucky Derby! Funds raised will enable long-lasting, meaningful solutions that improve the mental and physical health of kids in our community.

Sponsorships opportunities are available; please see the linked sponsorship deck below for more information.

If you are interested in donating items for the Silent Auction, please complete the form linked below. Items can range from tickets to sporting events or concerts, weekend getaways, spa services, or unique items that you can’t buy, and more.

If you’d like to make a gift to support Derby for Kids, please click here.

For event related inquiries, please contact Events Manager Katie Couture at KCouture@YourChildrensFoundation.org.


Rose Bolyard
Kelly Hilliard
Mariana Parke
Lisa Schrage

Committee Members:

Alison White
Amy Pfaehler
Angelena Torrice
Ashley Thibodeau
Aubrey Crawford
Christy Sherding
Emily Stevenson
Erica Harrison
Hayley Bonafede
Jennifer Stier
Jocelyn Padden
Julia Morawski
Katie Serda
Kelsey Vasovski

Lauren Cotton
Maggie Wagner
Mariam Chapman
Megan Ford
Megan Shinney
Melissa Woywood
Merrill Messecar Starr
Rebecca Moody
Sarah Schrode
Shana Bonkosky
Stephen Schrage
Taryn Cusmano
Teah Iosebashvili