Kentucky Derby Party on May 5th

2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party at J CITY Theater

Looking for some fun Derby events this weekend?

On Saturday, May 5th from 4pm to 7pm – head over to The Embankment Restaurant in Jersey City (234 10th Street) for J CITY Theater’s annual fundraiser – and Kentucky Derby Party. Tickets are $90.00 per person ($75 before May 3rd) and can be purchased through or calling 800-838-3006. See below for more about this event.

Derby Fundraiser for Hudson County non-profit theater group

J CITY Theater is a non-profit organization – and to support their work they have one major fund raiser each year: The Kentucky Derby Gala. The founding members of J CITY Theater, Sandy Cockrell, Clay Cockrell and Kellis Carroll all have roots in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. So when looking for a theme for their fund raiser – the idea of a Kentucky Derby Party just seemed right. Attendees will enjoy all the traditional activities of The Run for The Roses:

Mint Juleps (the official drink of the Kentucky Derby), Derby Hat Contests – for both men and women, Bourbon Tastings – by Whiskey Connoisseur Pat McCarthy, Silent Auction, Singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” and watching the Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports – The Derby!

Great food from The Embankment Restaurant, Beer, Wine, and Mint Juleps are all included in the price of the ticket.

“Our 2011 / 2012 season has been our most successful season to date,” says Executive Producer Clay Cockrell. “We began the season with the NJ premier of David Mamet’s RACE which was a phenomenal success. We followed this with our annual holiday show: A Tuna Christmas…this year with a new cast member and now we are in the midst of the award winning show: The Memory of Water – frequently selling out the house. All this along with our two Jersey Shorts events – it’s been a year of new heights. Our audiences have grown along with our reputation and this is our chance to celebrate that success.”

“We consider our audience member’s to be a part of the J CITY family and we see this fund raiser as a chance for them to celebrate our past season and look forward to our growing future,” says Artistic Director Sandy Cockrell.

J CITY Theater is looking forward to bringing a little of the Bluegrass State to the Garden State – it should be a great afternoon of fun and horses.

About J CITY Theater

J CITY Theater ( is a not-for-profit professional theater company based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Having formed 6 years ago, they now are in residence at St. Michael’s Church on Hamilton Park. J CITY Theater continues to garner positive reviews from The New York Times and Star Ledger for the quality of their productions. Recent productions include RACE by David Mamet, STATE OF THE UNION by Crouse and Lindsay, last summer’s hit comedy GUN-SHY by Richard Dresser, and Peter Nichols’ PASSION. They are also known for their annual holiday show: A TUNA CHRISTMAS and their engaging one act plays (Compression of a Casualty and The Spot) during Hudson County Theater Alliance’s annual One Acts Festival. J CITY Theater’s mission is to create quality, high energy theater that is told with sophisticated simplicity.

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