Nonprofit launches virtual Hats and Horses event

The event features a best derby hat competition. Courtesy Pioneer Resources

Pioneer Resources’ third annual Kentucky Derby-themed event is going virtual.

The popular fundraising event, Hats and Horses, will celebrate its third year with a weeklong lineup of events benefiting Pioneer Resources programs.

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our organization and many other nonprofits,” said Jill Bonthuis, executive director of Pioneer Resources. “The support of our community is needed more than ever, so we may continue to offer programs for persons with disabilities and seniors.”

From Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, Hats and Horses will feature livestream videos, a silent auction, apparel sale, the best derby hat competition and more.

This year’s proceeds will help Pioneer Resources serve its mission of helping people with disabilities and assisting seniors in attaining independence by creating opportunities for participating in the community.

Visit to purchase tickets. Ticket options include:

$15 — Standard access to the online auction and livestream event

$15 — Best derby hat entry

$25 — Both the standard ticket and best derby hat entry

$55 — Date night box containing all of the above, plus drinks and cookies for two

Those interested in the date night box must purchase one before Aug. 28.

Pioneer Resources began as an unincorporated association of parents and educators in the late 1940s, operating as Pioneer School and providing special education and therapy. Over 65 years later, the agency offers a diverse array of individualized support and services for persons with disabilities and seniors.

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