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The Most Exciting Kentucky Derby Party In Boston!

From Modern Photography to landscapes; portraits to events, Iggy Barskov displays a keen eye for color and beauty that seeps into every photo he takes.

Take a look at some of his work here:

From IggyPhoto's Model Mayhem profile:

"I've been interested in photography for as long as I remember myself. I enjoy taking photographs because it allows me to take a step back and really see the world around me, capturing details or moments that otherwise would be missed. Photography is a passion and a lifestyle."

Iggy will be joined by fellow photographer Olga Matura (Olga Photo) to capture all the shenanigans.

We are very thankful for IggyPhoto's participation in Down & Derby and for their generous contribution of time, effort, and artistry.

So by all means, get ready for your closeup!

Who are you wearing?
Joan Rivers Lives! 4PM - 5PM

50/50 Mock Bet
Take a Gamble!

Live Music by Louie Bello
4PM - 6:30PM

Food & Drink

DJ Scott Morgan
7PM - End

"The Most Exciting Two Minutes
In Sports!"

Experience a LIVE call to the post by trumpeter Finn Weber from The Herald Trumpets of Harvard University.

Serafina Boston
Saturday, 5/5/2018, 4PM to Late

10 High ST, Boston, MA, 02110

Love Life Now Foundation, Inc.
Improving the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence

Laura Ladd
Down & Derby Host

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Photo 1 courtesy of Bill Brett of the Boston Globe. All other 2017 Photos courtesy of Audra [email protected] Photography.

Dear Friends,

My name is Laura Ladd and a number of years ago I was a juror in a first degree murder case that involved domestic violence. The case left me heartbroken and wondering about the victim and the challenges she faced. I decided to do my part to support women who struggle to connect with resources that allow them to move beyond crisis.

I reached out to Love Life Now Foundation, Inc. to offer our support. For victims of domestic violence, the daily struggle to survive is saddled with challenges like abuse and psychological trauma. It makes you wonder which issue would be the priority if you had so many to manage all alone? Sadly, some have no choice but to stay with an abusive partner because it ensures a roof over their head and their children's. I'm reaching out to you to ask for your support.

On Saturday, May 5th, my friends and I are hosting Down & Derby, our 9th annual community fundraiser. Down & Derby is a Kentucky Derby themed event to raise funds for Love Life Now Foundation, Inc.. The event will be held at Serafina and we are expecting 400 young professionals from Greater Boston in attendance. The event is sophisticated, yet fun, to reflect the traditional sporting event's stature, and the message is to support survivors of domestic violence right here in Boston.

We look forward to seeing you at Serafina, and appreciate your support.


Laura Ladd

Friend and Volunteer of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc..

Drive Walk


End: Serafina, 10 High St. Boston, MA 02110


Serafina has generously provided their beautiful restaurant space as a venue for Down & Derby for the third year in a row.

Serafina brings contemporary Italian cuisine to Boston's Financial District. Enjoy bars on both floors, complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres, oyster bar on the patio, and any delicious item from the menu.

This spacious venue provides two floors worth of bars, Kentucky Derby Viewing, and entertainment.

All to be enjoyed with what other than a Kentucky Bourbon Mint Julep!

Love Life Now Foundation, Inc.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tickets are not yet available for purchase. Please email us and we will let you know when tickets are available. See you on May 5!

Best Hat, Best Dressed, and Most Creative Contests

All of you fashionable ladies and gentlemen have the chance to compete in our Best Hat (ladies) and Best Dressed (gentlemen) contests. Prizes and accolades aplenty await!
Anyone can win "Most Creative" as well.. so try your best to impress!

Meet the Judges

Featured from left to right: Patrick Dwyer and Gustavo Leon

Gustavo Leon
Former Managing Editor/Creative, Boston Herald

Gustavo is no stranger to the runway, having emceed and judged both beauty pageants and fashion shows in the New England area for many years.

Leon has also modeled for design houses and he was awarded a proclamation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for his achievements at the Boston Herald and his contributions to the fashion/lifestyle community.

Gustavo recently received the BIFI Boston Fashion Icon Award of 2017 and the Fashion Achievement Award at the 2017 Boston Fashion Awards.

Patrick Dwyer

Now retired, and always present in the fashion and lifestyle scene, he focuses on sponsoring events and giving back to those who are not as fortunate.

Some of those include: donating time to outreach programs for Autism; funding cancer research through the Jimmy Fund; Boston's Annual Halloween Gala; and donating time and funds to the ASPCA, Miss and Teen Dominican Republic USA, 'Spring Colors' Fashion Event, Arredondo Family Foundation, and Toys for Tots.

The Winner's Circle is the place to be!

Those who have generously sponsored Down & Derby with a donation of 0 or more by purchasing a Winner's Circle ticket will be lavished in VIP treatment at Down & Derby, including:

  • Admission for 2
  • Exclusive access to a satellite cash bar serving beer, wine and Mint Juleps
  • Complimentary pizza
  • Complimentary Mint Julep tasting for 2
  • Sponsorship status and recognition on social media and at the event.

Will you be the next winner to join our circle? A donation of 0 helps provide door locks to be changed to keep a survivor safe in their home. It also provides a child of a survivor with a warm coat, hat and gloves.

Click here to become our next Winner's Circle VIP sponsor!

Thank you for your donation!

When a person either is fortunate enough to be in the spotlight for all to see, or one places him or herself there against all odds, he or she has the unique opportunity to impact the community at large through spreading awareness of important issues and supporting charitable initiatives.
Our featured guests have chosen to use their visibility to highlight the need for domestic violence awareness in order to end it. We thank them for their time, support, courage, and community service.

Madison Cota
Miss Boston 2018

She is looking forward to life post-graduation, as she has recently accepted her first full-time position as a Design Associate with Refined Renovations; an interior design firm located in Andover. Madison is a firm proponent of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industries, and is looking forward to leading by example as she builds her own career.

Madison was crowned Miss Boston 2018 on February 25th and will go on to compete in the Miss Massachusetts Pageant this June! As Miss Boston, Madison has been working to spread awareness and educate her community about her personal platform entitled Food Allergies: The Internal Struggle. Struggling with dietary intolerance for the majority of her adult life, she is passionate about creating a meaningful dialogue and sharing a laugh with others in similar situations. Her ultimate goal is to create a close-knit support network to ease the daily strain of coping with dietary conditions.

Michelle Ingemi Taylor
Domestic violence advocate and survivor

Michelle Ingemi Taylor

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