JJoin us on Saturday, July 22 for a night at the races. Watch as the ponies are loaded into the gates and clash in a 6 race spectacle that will leave every one on the edge of their seats.

Admission to the Sunshine Derby is free. We will be serving complimentary FOOD and BEVERAGE throughout the night.

The event will take place at the Wreckers Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms Resort. Six races will be broadcasted on the restaurants two-story, 37-foot sports screen and on its 50 plus HDTVs spread throughout rooms. We will also have a selfie photo prop booth and awards for the best dressed Lass and Dapper Dan.

If you wish to participate in the fundraiser, you will be able to purchase your funny money with your Sunshine EXPO registration or at the door. With it, you will be able to pick your winners and then have the opportunity to win great prizes with whatever you have left over at the end of the night.

We will also be holding a Derby Hat contest. A special prize will be awarded to the lass and lad who dawns the winning topper. No hat is too much so be sure to come ready to show.

This fundraising event benefits the FPMA scholarship fund and is organized by Florida’s Emerging Retail Leaders (FERL). This group is made up of next generation retail leaders who strive to increase their knowledge of the industry and promote retailing. Their annual events have helped raise thousands of dollars for the FPMA scholarship program over the years. For more information about FERL, CLICK HERE.


The Sunshine EXPO®, powered by the Florida Retail Federation and taking place July 20 - 24, is the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida.

With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around the country, the EXPO is a not-to-miss event for retailers to find new ideas, products and services that help grow and strengthen their business.