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April 20, 2017 at the Triple Crown Conference Center

Hats for Hope began in 2004 when a handful of volunteers from KFC, YUM! Brands, Inc., Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC and Golden State Foods were looking for a way to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.  Twelve years later, Hats for Hope – a silent auction of hundreds of new, designer and gently worn Derby hats as well as a variety of other gift packages – draws hundreds each year to an event of support and celebration.

Beginning with the 2016 Hats for Hope event, we began partnering with Kosair Charities in order to expand our support with children’s cancers, and were able to donate $43,000 to them from our 2016 event. Kosair Charities will also help us to ensure that Hats for Hope continues for many years into the future.


The Hats for Hope volunteers hope that one day their efforts will no longer be needed because there will be a cure for all cancers.

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2017 Hotels for Hat Collection 

Each year, Hats for Hope volunteers are stationed at local hotels to accept hat donations for the next year. On Sunday, May 7th, there will be volunteers at the following hotels to collect Derby hats from hotel guests who choose to donate.

  • Crown Plaza – 830 Phillips Lane
  • Hilton Garden Inn – 2735 Crittenden Drive
  • Galt House Hotel – 140 N. Fourth Street
  • Marriott Downtown Louisville – 280 West Jefferson Street
  • Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Northeast – 9850 Park Plaza Avenue

Talbots at the Forum accepted Derby hat donations from May 7-13th.  Donors will receive 25% discount on full price purchases that day.