Derby Party Draws Record Crowd, Raises Over $65K for Barrington Children’s Charities

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A beautiful day and a brand new venue brought record attendance to Barrington Children’s Charities’ sixth annual Kentucky Derby Party, which raised over $65,000 to support kids in the Barrington area. More than 230 guests attended this “Derby Party Like No Other”, where colorful hats were spotted at every turn on the rooftop terrace at Shakou Sushi, which is celebrating its first spring season on Barrington’s Main Street.

Festive and fun activities make BCC’s Derby Party an affair to remember each year, including a 50/50 raffle, best-dressed awards, Kentucky Derby broadcast, live music, and uniquely delicious food and drinks. There was also a photo-cam Smile Booth at this year’s event where guests could post online their own favorite Derby Party photo for a chance to win a Shakou prize.

Barrington Children Charities Vice President Kirsten Baseley says Shakou offered a beautiful setting for this year’s highly anticipated event. “We are truly excited to be here with the Barrington community enjoying the Derby Party for this great cause and Shakou is a unique and wonderful venue.”

All Derby Party proceeds will help Barrington Children’s Charities address the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children within the Barrington 220 school district. Founded by Tom and Darby Hills, the organization aims to heighten public awareness about and raise monies for a wide variety of projects benefiting local children.

Here are 5 Things you may not know about Barrington Children Charities:

  1. Barrington Children’s Charities funds a  Blessings in a Backpack Program that helps feed about 700 local children in need with a backpack full of food over each weekend during the school year
  2. The number of children Barrington Children’s Charities helps each year is continually increasing, due to their successful fundraising.
  3. You can sponsor a child with just $100 per child, per year.
  4. BCC is run entirely by volunteers.
  5. There were $106,500 Grants Dispersed in 2015/2016, positively impacting the lives of children in Barrington District 220

Barrington Children’s Charities chooses its beneficiaries based on need and disperses funds through a grants program. To learn more, visit


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