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The Derby

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March 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM

This fun evening of bow ties and big hats features VIP mingling, wagering on "live" horse races, unique auction items and much more. All proceeds benefit The 2nd & 7 Foundation, an organization committed to fighting illiteracy.

We invite you to join us for an elegant adult evening of horse racing and fun.

The event will feature:

  • Wagering on Horse Races
  • Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
  • One Free Derby Drink
  • Photo booth
  • Silent Auction
  • Raffle Prize

The event will be held at:
EXPRESS LIVE! (Formerly The LC)
405 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
Map & Directions

Cocktail Derby Attire Requested

View 2017 Photos!

We extend our sincere gratitude for your support of our Derby-themed event. Whether through your ticket sales, sponsorships, or participation in the races that evening, you helped raise funds to provide books to children who need them the most in our community.

Check out photos from our 2017 event!

See Photo Booth Photos »

See Event Photos »

The 2nd & 7 Foundation

The 2nd & 7 Foundation Reading Program

Mission: To promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation was founded in 1999 by three former OSU football players – Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel - who wanted to continue to give back to their community. Since 1999, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has given away over 100,000 books to kids in need all across the country.

Tackling Illiteracy: The 'Tackling Illiteracy' reading program began in central Ohio and is now being implemented in communities all over the nation. As a part of this program, college or high school student-athletes visit 2nd graders in local elementary schools to read to them, talk about the importance of their education and give every child a free book to take home. The focus is on schools with high populations of students on free or reduced lunch plans or communities that need it the most. A donation of just $25 allows us to ship 120 books to a school anywhere in the country.

For more, visit:

The 2nd & 7 Foundation Partners

Event Sponsors

Win Sponsor:

Place Sponsors:

Show Sponsors:

Winner's Circle Sponsor:

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There are many opportunities for your company to get involved as a corporate sponsor. Please contact our office at 614.825.0602 or email Amy at for details.

Purchase Tickets / Packages

In addition to buying tickets, you can support this event by purchasing/naming a horse, sponsoring a race, buying an ad for the program and much more.

Please complete the information below to purchase tickets for The Derby. Hard copy tickets will not be issued. Please check in at registration upon arrival on the evening of March 9. Tickets are available online only on a first-come, first-served basis so don't delay. This event will sell out!

Purchase Tickets

Fill out the following form to purchase tickets. * = Required Field.

Ticket Options / Packages


  • **10 Grand Prize Horses will be available to purchase AT The Derby!**
  • Name one (1) horse in one (1) race
  • As a Horse Owner, you are eligible for additional raffle tickets if your Horse finishes in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place
  • Your purchase of 2 horses pays for books for an entire class of kids!


  • Company logo in program next to 1 of 12 races
  • Recognition at the event during the above sponsored race
  • 2 tickets to The Derby
  • Your purchase will help fund books for an entire school!


  • 1/4 Page Advertising (business card size) in The Derby program
  • Your purchase allows The 2nd & 7 Foundation to pay for books for an entire class of kids!


  • Ticket to Main Event
  • One (1) free Derby Drink
  • Hors d’oeuvres

Grand Total: $

Additional Information Needed


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EXPRESS LIVE! (Formerly The LC)
405 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

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