Silks Bash 2019 Personal Hero Contest

You and a friend could win FREE tickets to the hottest Derby Eve after-party Silks Bash AND meet Three-Time NFL Super Bowl Champion & 2018 New England Patriots Hall of Fame Inductee MATT LIGHT!

Matt is this year’s recipient of the Operation Open Arms Hero Award for his work with his nonprofit, the Light Foundation, and in the spirit of recognizing the philanthropy and service of Matt and all of our families at Operation Open Arms, we want to hear about YOUR personal hero! Community leaders, people making an impact, or even just someone who lifts up those around them – heroes come in many forms, and we’re excited to recognize their efforts. The winning entry will receive FREE admission to Silks Derby Eve Bash on Friday May 3rd, in Louisville, KY for themself, a friend, and their nominated hero, and Matt Light will present the Silks Bash 2019 Personal Hero Award to the recipient on stage at the party.

Don’t want to enter, but still want to party for a great cause? Buy your tickets HERE!


In 500 words or less, tell us about your personal hero and why you’ve chosen to nominate them. What makes this person a hero? Why do they deserve to be recognized? How have they impacted you, their community, or the people around them? Tell us about all of the great things they are doing, and how their efforts are making a difference.

Deadline for entries is Thursday May 2nd at 5:00 PM ET. The winner will be contacted by 9:00 PM ET that evening.

The winning entry will receive free admission to Silks Derby Eve Bash for the entrant, a friend, and their nominated hero. The Silks Bash 2019 Personal Hero Award will be presented to the recipient by Matt Light at the party. If the recipient is unable to attend, the entrant may accept the award on their behalf. Entries are limited to one per person.


Silks Derby Eve Bash is the weekend’s hottest, all-inclusive after-party. Starting at 8:00 PM, dance the night away under the stars at Historic Locust Grove & enjoy a high-energy dance party to the sounds of award-winning Vegas band, Liquid Blue. Tickets are only $100/person and include an OPEN BAR, food, & cocktails featuring the signature “Silks Smash.” Guests can also receive 25% OFF Lyft rides to/from the event by using Promo Code: SILKS2019. Buy your tickets HERE!

All proceeds benefit Operation Open Arms, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to taking care of children of mothers who are incarcerated. Its mission is to find safe, nurturing and often long-term foster homes for kids whose mothers are incarcerated. OOA recruits, trains, licenses, and provides assistance to foster families to make placement of these children successful. The goal is to break the cycle of behavior that leads to prison, but OOA also strives for its children to maintain relationships with their birth mother where possible. Every ticket sold contributes to supporting children across Kentucky & raising awareness for an incredibly important cause. OOA is a private child-placement agency licensed by the state of Kentucky, but takes no public funding, so this event is critical to the organization’s continued commitment to these children.

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