UAMS Hosts Benefit Kentucky Derby Watch Party May 5

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – Guests are invited to Little Rock’s premier Kentucky Derby watch party and silent auction when the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosts its fourth annual Julep Cup Jaunt.


The event will be 4-6:30 p.m. May 5 in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute. Tickets are $25 per person. Presenting sponsor is Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. Other lead sponsors include Bank of America and Viking Range Corporation. For information, contact Dana Hof at (501) 686-8099 or


Guests will have the opportunity to watch the Kentucky Derby at 5 p.m. on a 12 ft. by 24 ft. theater-style screen. Derby-themed fare will be catered by Capers restaurant, with music by the jazz trio The Real Thing.


Silent auction items include a Viking outdoor grill; multiple golf packages, including a luxury destination with accommodations; a professionally guided fly fishing excursion with accommodations; dinners; wine-tasting parties; artwork; and a number of children’s items and events.


The event is sponsored by the UAMS Consortium, a council of advocates for the future of UAMS. Proceeds will benefit the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit and ANGELS, a program developed at UAMS to improve health care for women across Arkansas experiencing high-risk pregnancies.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit