The 79th Iroquois Steeplechase is Selling a Safer-At-Home Alternative

Jun 16, 2020 at 04:19 pm by adminjen


 

By Anna Robertson Ham

The Iroquois Steeplechase is an iconic sporting event that has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941. Held the second Saturday of May at Percy Warner Park, the annual event attracts more than 25,000 spectators and is Music City's celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and southern fashions. The event also supports several philanthropic causes and has donated more than $10 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since 1981.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation's leading children's hospitals, treating and helping to prevent a full range of pediatric health issues from colds and broken bones to complex heart diseases and cancer. The Department of Pediatrics within the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the total receipt of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Children’s Hospital’s physicians are nationally recognized innovators in their fields who are discovering new ways to cure and prevent a host of childhood diseases. Their work is preventing and finding new treatments for diseases such as premature birth, cancer, heart disease, spina bifida, trauma and many other conditions, and is an investment in the future. Achieving ten out of ten nationally ranked pediatric specialties in 2018, Children’s Hospital was again named among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for the twelfth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is currently adding four new floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. The new expansion will help advance the size and scope of the hospital's mission. To learn more, visit childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org.

This, year, with safer at home precautions in place on the normal race day in May, the event had been re-scheduled to the end of June. Despite best hopes, even that date to gather with thousands of revelers proved impossible for planners to allow. In light of COVID-19 and the safety of all participants involved in the seventy-ninth running of the Iroquois Steeplechase, presented by Bank of America, the organization is launching a “Party In A Box” and “Cooler At Home Tailgate” for a safer-at-home celebration on the event’s canceled race day - June 27th. In making the announcement, Iroquois Steeplechase Chairman Dwight Hall said, “Since box-holders won’t be able to come to their box on our race day, we’re bringing a box to them. This way, families and friends can still gather and celebrate Nashville’s grand tradition in their own homes and backyards while watching highlights from previous years on News Channel 5.”

WTVF News Channel 5 is producing and broadcasting an Iroquois Steeplechase special to be broadcast on Saturday, June 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. The broadcast will share highlights of the races from previous years, explore the history of Nashville’s grand tradition and recognize and honor the primary event beneficiary The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Chairman Dwight Hall added, “We can’t stress enough the importance of raising funds in 2020 to ensure the future of the Iroquois Steeplechase for years to come. We must secure funds to continue operations and to handle expenses which range from course maintenance to fencing, barn upkeep, party decks, irrigation for eleven acres of the course plus all operational expenses such as staffing, insurance, rent and ordinary business expenses. We want our patrons to enjoy the spirit of the Iroquois Steeplechase as they help ensure our future. We hope this helps keep us alive as we jump this hurdle together.”

To learn more about the Iroquois Steeplechase and to purchase your “Party In A Box” or “Cooler At Home Tailgate” for Steeplechase day, visit iroquoissteeplechase.org.

 

 

Organizers are selling a “Party In A Box” at three levels so patrons can choose the style party they want to host along with their box- holder friends, along with a “Cooler At Home Tailgate” option:

“The Ultimate Iroquois Steeplechase Box Party” - $10,000

Party Box Contents & Personal Service
• Wooden box hand crafted by local artisan Doug Regen with the Iroquois Steeplechase branding • Your personal bartender! • Limited Edition Iroquois Steeplechase 2020 1.75L Gentleman Jack • Commemorative mint julep cups (10) • Bang Candy Company's exhilarating Lavender Mint Simple Syrup • Flavor Catering to provide hors d'oeuvres for a party of 20 • Christine A. Moore Millinery Iroquois Steeplechase branded face masks • King Jeweler's "Box of Carats" - Cubic Zirconia (one is diamond!) - visit the store to see if yours is real • Clayton Collection custom bespoke shirt to the hosts or hostesses who purchase the first ten Party in a Box (up to $300 value) • Andrews Automotive Group to deliver the "Party in a Box"
to your home June 27 • Enjoy News Channel 5's "Iroquois Steeplechase - Nashville's Grand Tradition" special which will air June 27, 6-7 p.m.

 

“Winner’s Circle Iroquois Steeplechase Box Party” - $5,000

• Wooden box hand crafted by local artisan Doug Regen with the Iroquois Steeplechase branding • Your personal bartender! • Limited Edition Iroquois Steeplechase 2020 1L Gentleman Jack • Commemorative mint julep cups (10) • Bang Candy Company's exhilarating Lavender Mint Simple Syrup • Flavor Catering to provide hors d'oeuvres for a party of 10 • Christine A. Moore Millinery Iroquois Steeplechase branded face masks • Share your photos on Iroquois Steeplechase social media platforms • Enjoy News Channel 5's "Iroquois Steeplechase - Nashville's Grand Tradition" special which will air June 27, 6-7 p.m. • Your name listed on the Iroquois Steeplechase website as a patron.

 

“Thank Goodness We Can Party Iroquois Steeplechase Box Party” - $2,500

• Wooden box hand crafted by local artisan Doug Regen with the Iroquois Steeplechase branding • Two (2) Iroquois Steeplechase 2020 750mL Jack Daniel's Black Label • Commemorative mint julep cups (4) • Bang Candy Company's exhilarating Lavender Mint Simple Syrup • Share your photos on Iroquois Steeplechase social media platforms • Enjoy
News Channel 5's "Iroquois Steeplechase - Nashville's Grand Tradition" special which will air June 27, 6-7 p.m. • Your name listed on the Iroquois Steeplechase website as a patron.

 

“Iroquois Steeplechase Cooler At Home Tailgate” - $500

• Orca cooler branded Iroquois Steeplechase • Case of Hap & Harry’s Beer by Lipman Brothers • Commemorative Iroquois Steeplechase 2020 branded cups • Publix appetizers and dessert try for 10 • Lemonade and sweet tea • Vineyard Vines Iroquois Steeplechase branded bow ties • Iroquois Steeplechase branded koozies • Iroquois Steeplechase branded ball caps • Photograph your at-home tailgate and submit to Your Williamson Magazine for a chance to wine a tailgating space for the 80th Anniversary of the Iroquois Steeplechase in 2021 • Photograph your guests in hats and submit to Nashville Lifestyles Magazine for their Hat Contest on social media and in the print magazine • Submit photos and your party will be included on the Iroquois Steeplechase website.




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