WHAT IS LEADERS OF POLK?
The Lakeland Derby is comprised of 3 races and one of these is called the Derby Dash – Featuring the Leaders of Polk. This race is comprised of 10 teams/20 jockeys of whom are hand picked by their current year sponsor to represent Lakeland’s best and brightest young, community business leaders. The Leaders of Polk race jockeys have 2 opportunities to win. Awards and recognition are given to both the winner of the swan race and to the team who raises the most donations for LVIM. It’s a fun, friendly and competitive way for the leaders to share the mission and to raise money for LVIM. Leaders of Polk Jockeys are announced at our annual press conference held in January. Fundraising begins at 12:01 a.m., exactly 1 month prior to the Derby and will cease at midnight on the night before the Derby event.