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Guests enjoying Shepherd's annual Derby Day event

Derby Day

Two women enjoying Shepherd Center's annual Derby Day event.

The Event of the Year

Shepherd Center’s annual Derby Day – the largest attended and longest-running fundraising event in Shepherd Center history – is Atlanta’s biggest Kentucky Derby-themed fundraising event. Derby Day is a highlight of Atlanta’s spring social calendar, complete with fancy hats, seersucker suits, mint juleps and plenty of fun. Join us for lawn and casino games, music, and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. Since 1983, Derby Day has raised an incredible $5 million for Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program.

Shepherd Center Derby Day Logo

Man participating in water sports

Making “I Can” Possible

Proceeds benefit Shepherd Center’s recreation therapy program – the largest program of its kind in the country. Our recreation therapy program helps patients lead healthy and active lifestyles as independently as possible, improving self-esteem, relieving stress, and increasing mobility. We believe that injury and disability do not define people, and we use recreation therapy to help our patients see that too.

Your Support Makes All the Difference

Presenting Sponsor

This year’s event was made possible by our generous sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring next year, contact Shanna Thorpe by email or at 404-603-5064.

Unable to Attend?

You can still make a difference by donating now to help support the recreation therapy program. Because of your generosity, programs like recreation therapy help propel Shepherd patients successfully into the next chapters in their lives.