The Lakeland Derby is an annual “Derby Style” event staged on beautiful Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. With the entertaining flair of the event and the competitive spirit of the race, the Derby again promises to be a memorable occasion in 2012. Adding to the excitement, the Derby is scheduled on Friday, April 27th, 2012, just one week prior to the Kentucky Derby.
The Lakeland Derby captures the thrill of a race and the purity of sports entertainment in a hometown setting. The true essence of the Derby is the reward of knowing the proceeds will support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, a vital local charity.
The Derby features ten beautifully hand-crafted swan paddleboats in a thrilling race to the finish line. Each swan will have an owner/breeder who will designate and train their own jockeys to compete for the prestigious annual Lakeland Derby Trophy. In the chance of a photo finish, The Lakeland Derby Committee will offer two first place trophies to the winners.
Schedule of Events
5:30 PM Concessions/Super Ticket/Derby Raffle Opens
VIP Clubhouse Opens
Children's Activities/Hat Contest Begins
6:15 PM Call to the Post
Race 1 - Maiden Handicap
6:45 PM Race 2 - Celebrity Dash
7:05 PM Introduction of Owners and Jockeys
7:15 PM Presentation of Colors/National Anthem
7:20 PM Parade to the Post
7:30 PM Race 3 - The Lakeland Derby
7:55 PM Grand Awards to Owners and Race Winners
8:15 PM Live Entertainment
9:30 PM Fireworks
LVIM provides free medical, dental and mental health services to eligible working uninsured residents of Polk County through the volunteer participation of doctors, various health specialists, technicians and administrative volunteers.
LVIM currently has over 400 medical and lay volunteers who donate their time and expertise to care for LVIM patients. Now in its tenth year of operation, LVIM has more than 16,700 patients enrolled and has totaled over 300,000 patient visits. In addition, LVIM has provided 80,000 lab tests, 16,000 x-rays, 3,000 screening mammograms and has filled more than 250,000 prescriptions. These astounding numbers have been accomplished through the generous donation of time from volunteers and financial support from donors.
Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine began as the dream of various community and organization leaders in 1999. Led primarily by Watson Clinic physicians and the Watson Clinic Foundation, Lakeland leaders came together to find ways to meet the healthcare challenges of the working uninsured in Lakeland. In 2000, a fund-raising campaign was launched. The community responded with a great deal of support, paving the way for the dream to become a reality. Thanks to the generous donation of the Polk County School Board and the City of Lakeland, LVIM took up residence in the historic building that was formerly the John Cox Grammar School on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. LVIM opened on Valentine’s Day, 2001, and is now an independent non-profit organization with a Board of Directors.
LVIM has more than 100 volunteer doctors from many specialties and 300 nurses and support volunteers who provide medical services at LVIM’s 10,000 square foot medical clinic. LVIM emphasizes utilizing the vast experience and skills of retired physicians and clinical workers. A third of LVIM volunteer physicians are in active practice. Additionally, a number of physicians and other medical technologists provide ancillary services such as radiology and pathology studies at no charge to LVIM. The clinic also provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in the medical field.