skip navigation

Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Fundraiser


At our request, Water Street Inn was able to procure some pretty exclusive bourbons making them one of the only properties in the greater Minnesota area to carry all of these special bourbons only available to our event: "All having special significance to the Kentucky Derby". The cost will be $25/Flight... Youth Advantage will earn $4/Flight Sold.


Blanton's Single Barrel 93 Proof

A deep, satisfying nose of nutmeg and spices. Powerful dry vanilla notes in harmony with hints of honey amid strong caramel and corn. A medium finish composed of returning corn and nutmeg flavors.


Maker's Mark, 46 Barrel Finished Kentucky

Hints of wood staves, caramel and sweetness. Very intense flavors; a big crescendo of wood blending perfectly with deep, complex and rich notes of vanilla and caramel. Smooth and subtle.


Woodford Reserve, Distiller's Select Kentucky Derby 147 Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2021

Brilliant honey amber. Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice. Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound. Silky smooth, almost creamy with a long, warm satisfying tail.


Knob Creek, 9 Year Old Small Batch 100 Proof

A slight nuttiness wafts out of the glass to kick things off. Inhaling deeper presents notes of vanilla, light oak, and a dab of caramel. A hint of char and a dab of fresh marshmallows round things out. It’s an enjoyable way to start off the sip.


Water Street Inn will also be offering a raffle: for every flight sold, receives 1 chance to win a very rare collectors' bottle of the 2021 Woodford Reserve, Distiller's Select Kentucky Derby 147 Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2021! This year's bottle features the work of Louisville artist Richard Sullivan, a former Atlanta Braves baseball player. Sullivan’s stunning watercolor image is of thoroughbreds as they round the final turn at Churchill Downs.


You are invited to the inaugural Kentucky Derby fundraiser for Youth Advantage.
Join us for a lovely afternoon along the banks of the Saint Croix River at Papa's Rooftop.

The event features fabulous festivities, Kentucky Derby-inspired heavy appetizers, live music, Derby-themed games, prizes and fun! 


(SEE WHAT WE DID THERE!?! The cost of the event is the same as the number of years that the Kentucky Derby has taken place- 147 years! Now you get to determine the couple-- a married or dating couple, a couple of friends, etc. Tickets are sold in pairs.)

Looking for an additional way to support Youth Advantage?

Run for the Roses with this exclusive take home drink kit of our Lucky Strawberry Smash. Thanks to the generosity of Lucky Guys Distillery, $15 of each kit will go directly to Youth Advantage (while the remaining $25 covers the cost of the fresh and top-of-the-line ingredients).

Included in the kit is One (1) 375ml bottle of Lucky Guys Vodka, one (1)Herbaceous Strawberry Syrup, lemonade, fresh lime, fresh jalapeño and recipe card. This cocktail kit serves up approximately 6 drinks.

Drink kits can be picked up at Lucky Guys Distillery
Friday 4/30 from 9am-5pm
3510 Hopkins Pl North
Oakdale, MN 55128
Phone 612-599-7715
*call for entry and escort into distillery, you must be 21 to pick up.

**Delivery is also available Friday or Saturday evening.


It's a safe bet that you won't want to miss our first-ever Kentucky Derby party

Post time:    Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
                     Saturday, May 1, 2021  3:30-6:30 p.m.

Location:     Rooftop at Water Street Inn
                     (will move inside if inclement weather)

Tickets:        $147/couple
                      In honor of the 147th running of the race

Activities:     Live race viewing at 5:57 p.m. CDT
                      Southern-themed food and drinks
                      Live music
                      Games and prizes

Attire:           Derby-appropriate attire encouraged 

Check back often for more details.  including information on a special limited-edition, custom Derby drink kit!

Your OFFICIAL Kentucky Derby Glass!

Each attendee will receive an official Kentucky Derby drink glass!

Colin Bracewell- Musical Performer for Kentucky Derby "Run for the Roses"

Youth Advantage supporters will find themselves familiar with Colin Bracewell as he and his bandmates have entertained Stairs of Stillwater participants since the event's inception and he performed at our Mardi Gras 2020 fundraiser. Colin has the ability to rock a house show, but also bring enough pop to sway the bigger festival cultures. Colin Bracewell is a 20 year old folk rock singer from Stillwater, Minnesota. He's played at venues such as the 7th St. Entry, The Cabooze, Icehouse, and many events around the Twin Cities. His latest release, "You're Fine", was featured as “The Song of the Day” on The Current.