IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE WEEKEND TO COMMENCE FRIDAY, MAY 12
Pre-Race Party at Percy Warner Park to Raise Funds, Kick off Annual Event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Iroquois Steeplechase will celebrate 76 years on Saturday, May 13, but the fanfare surrounding ‘Nashville’s Rite of Spring Since 1941’ will begin on Friday, May 12 with a party on the race grounds at Percy Warner Park from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The new Fox Den hospitality tent -- located in middle of the infield -- will be the setting for the event which will be reminiscent of an evening garden party, hosted by the Iroquois Steeplechase’s membership group, the Iroquois Alliance, and sponsored by Gus Mayer. Guests will enjoy dinner by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, beverages, and entertainment by local 60s and 70s cover band, The Exotics.
The party will not only provide sponsors, horse owners and trainers, and Steeplechase patrons an opportunity to ring in the much anticipated Iroquois Steeplechase -- held annually on the second Saturday of May -- but will also serve to raise funds for the organization and its various causes, including primary beneficiary Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Both silent and live auctions will be held during the evening, offering partygoers the opportunity to bid on prizes that include packages from various upscale merchants, exciting experiences such as an African safari trip, and the 2017 official race day painting, titled “Soaring” by featured artist Debbie Sampson, among other items.
Tickets to the pre-race party are $75 each and can be purchased at www.iroquoissteeplechase.org/tickets. To learn more about the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Iroquois Alliance, or the causes which Steeplechase proceeds benefit, visit www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.
WHO: Iroquois Steeplechase
WHAT: Steeplechase Pre-Race Party
WHEN: Friday, May 12 | 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fox Den Tent at Percy Warner Park | 2500 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, TN 27221
About the Iroquois Steeplechase
This iconic sporting event has been Nashville’s Rite of Spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three-mile turf track. Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is Music City’s annual celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions.
Those who attend enjoy areas for families, well-appointed tents and individually organized tailgates where the emphasis is on race day pickings, larger-than-life hats, specialty drinks by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and crowd-pleasing recipes. More importantly, guests support a cause at the heart of the event: Since being designated as the official charity in 1981, Iroquois Steeplechase has raised more than $10 million in support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. For more information, go to www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.