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Foundation co-founder Howard Jordan tends to business in the packed restaurant.  The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Foundation co-founder Howard Jordan tends to business in the packed restaurant. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh "Talk Derby to Me" fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Upon a Star co-founder Michelle Jordan sports an extravagant hat. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dale Danek's hat is mauve chiffon with purple ribbons. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • As George Domenech shows, it's not just the ladies wearing hats for the Kentucky Derby. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Foundation co-founder Howard Jordan tends to business in the packed restaurant.  The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Frank LaCava, from right, with Lynette, Jamie, John and Lucy LaCava get a moment's break after the race. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Angie Tobiason, left, and Laura Frazer show off their shared winnings. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chris Sullivan, from left, Kira Krumm, Marsha Warnike, and Elizabeth Hendrix celebrate after their horses finish in the money. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jane Watt, left, of MIA, and Michelle Jordan announce winners. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Foundation co-founder Howard Jordan tends to business in the packed restaurant.  The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Heidi Moss-Broxson and Chris Broxson watch the race on one of the 36 bis screen TVs. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marsha Warnike wears a mane of multi-hued plumes. The Upon a Star Foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Upon a Star Foundation board member Jennifer Macko's hat, adorned with cash, is up for raffle. The foundation held their seventh 'Talk Derby to Me' fundraiser Saturday at the Marco Island Brewery, partnering for the first time with the Marco Island Academy. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The Marco Island Brewery was packed Saturday afternoon for “Talk Derby to Me,” with enough extravagant hats to make it difficult to see around the restaurant, let alone move around freely. The occasion was the annual fundraiser for Marco’s Upon A Star Foundation, their seventh year holding the Kentucky Derby-themed party.

This year, “Talk Derby” featured a new wrinkle, with two causes for the price of one. Proceeds from the afternoon were split between Upon A Star and the Marco Island Academy, the island’s new charter high school. Adding the school’s backers and fund-raising prowess to the established local Upon A Star, which helps local children and families in need, generated a daily double of giving, making all involved winners, regardless of what happened up at that horse race. With 260 attending, the event raised over $40,000 for the two local groups.

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