UAMS Hosts Benefit Kentucky Derby Watch Party May 3

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


The event will be 4-6:30 p.m. May 3 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 sponsors are Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Other lead sponsors include Arvest Bank, CDI Contractors and Vratsinas Construction Company.


For more information, contact Dana Hof at (501) 686-8099 or


Guests will have the opportunity to watch the 134th Running of 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. Derby hats are encouraged.


Silent auction items include a Lance Armstrong autographed photo; a four-day vacation to Taos, N.M.; lunch for four with Gen. Wesley Clark; exclusive golf packages; artwork and jewelry among many others.


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.


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 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 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. Visit