All news and updates regarding our annual event, The Lakeland Derby.

2019 Derby Planning Committee

Our first planning committee meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, 11/1/18. This is a great way to get involved with the Derby and we would love to have you serve on the the committee for 2019. If you would like to join us on the 1st, please RSVP to Sonia Browning at

Our 2018 Derby Super Ticket is now available! Activate your ticket for a suggested donation of 10 for your chance to win one of these 12 fantastic prizes, valued at $300 or more.

Talk Derby to Me: Shirts Now on Sale

Be the first to get your ‘Talk Derby to Me‘ t-shirt! We are taking orders now.

All shirts are $25.00 each and are available in men and women styles.


Derby Success

The 2018 Lakeland Derby was held this past Friday on April 27th and we want to thank everyone that participated, donated, sponsored, and came out to enjoy the event. It was a beautiful evening overlooking Lake Mirror and downtown Lakeland and to say the event was a success would be an understatement. We are so grateful for the continued love and support that our community shows to the mission of LVIM.

2018 Lakeland Derby Mama Swan

AND THE 2018-2019 MAMA SWAN IS …

Lakeland Derby 2018 Mama Swan

Lakeland Derby 2018 Mama Swan

Kathryn is a Lakeland native who maintains an active involvement in not only the Lakeland community but also its surrounding communities. She is employed with MADE in Lakeland as an Account Executive and Business Developer, and she is a 2012 graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Marketing.
Kathryn is used to wearing many hats, switching gears with ease. She currently serves as the Chair of ENGAGE, an Ambassador with the Bartow Chamber, graduate of Leadership Bartow, Class XVI, Board Member for the Early Learning Coalition and her 2017 Leaders of Polk team , Lakeland’s Most Swanted was the proud winner of the 2017 Derby Dash and the 2nd place finisher in their fundraising efforts, raising $8793 for LVIM!
“The benefits LVIM provides in our community are hard to truly quantify and the success of the Lakeland Derby goes a long way in helping them perform their mission. My experience as a Leader of Polk was amazing and I am honored and excited about the opportunity to be Mama Swan, but know I have HUGE shoes to fill. Greta and Kim have blazed an impressive path before me and I look forward to leading the next Leaders of Polk, it’s going to be a great year!”