The Friends of the Monterey Symphony is inviting both Symphony supporters and horse-racing fans to attend their annual “Derby Day” event May 5 to celebrate the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Derby Day is set for 12:30 p.m. at the Intercontinental Clement Hotel, 750 Cannery Row, in Monterey. This exciting and fun-filled event includes complimentary valet parking, mint juleps, lunch, horse chances, silent and live auctions and raffles. Kentucky Derby attire — those fabulous “Southern Belle” hats for the ladies, neckties and bowties for the gents — is encouraged for the “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” broadcast that day from Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. Tickets are $125 general admission ($100 active-duty military); $500 for the Winner's Circle, $1,000 for the Winner's Circle Double, $2,500 for Winner's Circle Half Table (5 tickets) and $5,000 for Winner's Circle Full table (10 tickets), available at montereysymphony.org. Delicious meal options for lunch include: Flat Iron Steak with Roasted Garlic Potato Purée, Garden Beans, Caramelized Onion, Grain Mustard Jus; Pacific Halibut with Roasted Fingerling Potato, Broccoli Rabe, White Wine Caper Sauce; Ratatouille Stuffed Eggplant (Vegetarian) with Red Quinoa, Rainbow Chard & Charred Tomato-Basil Sauce; and Chef’s choice of desserts. The event will benefit the Monterey Symphony's Music for the Schools program. About the Monterey Symphony: The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music. The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children. The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Buffet Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, Frisone Family Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Monterey County Weekly Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Music Performance Trust Fund, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Samson Foundation, Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation, Alexander F. Victor Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, CMFCO Organizational Development, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Pebble Beach Foundation, Robert & Virginia Stanton Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop, and many other generous foundations and individual donors. For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.