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Talk Derby Fundraiser at Marco Island Brewery 2011

Deanna Daly, Margaret Robinson, Beverly Daly, and Bobbi Knerr. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

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Deanna Daly, Margaret Robinson, Beverly Daly, and Bobbi Knerr. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

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  • Eric Phillips and friends enjoy a horse race game prior to the real thing. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Hat judge Maria Elena awards prizes to Janalyn Vanderjagt, Missy Prange, and Maria Berry. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Attention is riveted on the race. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Steve Reynolds calls the race in progress. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats. Kathy Scheetz gets a kiss from scholarship recipient Ryan Sherbet. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats. Foundation founders Michele and Howard Jordan talk to the crowd. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Simon Padgett sets the fashion bar for the men. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Deanna Daly, Margaret Robinson, Beverly Daly, and Bobbi Knerr. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Sandy Boy in black feathers. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Maria Elena shows off her hat. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats. A few guys, like Eddie Kuehn, wore hats, but it wasn't the same. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Pat Holmes says it with flowers. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Margaret Robinson and Deanna Daly. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Connie Rawling, Missy Prange, Terry West, and Janalyn Vanderjagt. Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Talk Derby To Me, a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser for the Upon a Star Foundation, brought 300 revelers to the Marco Island Brewery for mint juleps and over-the-top hats. Owner Frank LaCava checks on the buffet. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

The gathering was called “Talk Derby to Me,” but while there was tons of talk, and that brief horse race, it seemed the day was all about hats. Ladies wore a dazzling array of over-the-top toppers, the wilder the better, decorated with feathers, flowers, ribbons, and abandon. The “Talk Derby” event, held at the Marco Island Brewery, was a fundraiser for the Upon A Star Foundation, which helps local children and families in need.

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