Preakness at the Piazza

The annually anticipated Preakness at the Piazza returned to The Piazza in Northern Liberties Saturday May 21st  for the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes and another year of exciting fashion, horse races, and charity.  Last year’s event raised more than $120,000 for the National MS Society and brought together 1,000 young professionals to benefit a great cause.

Despite the inclement weather, we were able to view the Preakness Stakes on The Piazza’s 400 square-foot LED screen, enjoy an open bar, delicious food buffets, music, dancing, and raffles. Celebrity guests will also judged a fashion contest, as attendees arrived in their finest derby attire of hats, bow ties, dresses, and suits.


Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia host Alex Holley and CBS3’s Sports Anchor Pat Gallen were back by popular demand to host this year’s party. Guests also enjoyed returning sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka, offering delicious drinks including the Preakness Stakes’ signature Black-Eyed Susan. They  even brought along the official Tito’s RV. 94WIP Sportsradio and 96.5 AMP Radio were the official radio sponsors for Preakness at the Piazza. We enjoyed great live music entertainment as well. Other sponsors included Simon & Simon PC, Wells Fargo Advisors, Philadelphia Media Network, among other generous contributors.

Despite the rainy weather, the even had lots of tents set up to keep patrons dry and happy during the festivities. We enjoyed great music, food, and supporting the fight to end MS. We had a great time and cannot wait to come back next year!

Credit: Gary Jones, AP

In addition to the open bar, this year’s menu included:

  • Derby Shrimp and Grit Poppers, Spicy Remoulade
  • Derby Day Crudités with Benedictine Dip
  • Bourbon Brined Cocktail Meatballs, Henri Baine Sauce
  • Individual Hot Browns, Turkey, Bacon, Béchamel Sauce
  • Jack Daniels Glazed Spiral Ham Sliders on Country Biscuits, Fig Chutney
  • Southern Fried Boneless Chicken, Creole con Queso
  • Grilled Vegetable Slider with Hummus on Croissant
  • Gluten-Free Vegetable Kebab
  • Pimento Cheese spread Tea Sandwiches
  • Baked Mac and Cheese

Featured desserts included Mint Julep & Key Lime Tartlettes, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Kentucky’s Own Bourbon Balls.

We loved the Vegetable Kebabs, Shrimp and Grit Poppers, Ham Sliders, and Southern Fried Chicken. The Black Eyed Susan and Southern Peach cocktail were great additions to the drink menu as well.

A portion of ticket sales goes to the National MS Society. For more information, please visit


About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network, the Society devoted $122.2 million to help more than one million individuals connect to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world.


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