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Hats and Horses

May 6

Inside our Beautiful Tent
Dice Derby
Jill & Allen Bonthuis, photo op with Santana
Registration Table
Pioneer Downs
Wheelbarrow Blitz ticket sales
Food Buffet and Passed Hors d'oeuvres
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What is Hats and Horses?

Hats and Horses is our most anticipated fundraising event. Themed around the Kentucky Derby, this “party with a purpose” raises funds for our agency or a specific program, depending on the year. This event takes place during the Kentucky Derby – typically the first Saturday in May. Dress in your derby best and enjoy a live auction, silent auction, our famous “Wheelbarrow of Booze” raffle, and many other fun derby-themed activities. The race is shown live and the music, food and atmosphere is fantastic. You won’t want to miss it!  Mark your calendars for May 6, 2023 and stay tuned for more information on next year’s event! 

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Ways YOU can help

Join us!

We’d love to have you attend our event! This evening is a great opportunity to entertain business clients as well (be sure to let them know it’s a fundraising event). Tables are available for businesses or families wishing to enjoy the event as a group.

Donated Items

We are always seeking donations of items or experiences for our auctions. High value items, baskets, or experiences may be auctioned off in our live auction. Other donated items of $50-$200 value (approximately) may be auctioned in our “bucket” or silent auction, or combined to make a basket or grouping of items for the silent or the live auction, depending on the item. We include the donor’s name/business in marketing materials, programs, slides, signage, and verbal announcements at the event; a wonderful way to get your name or business out there to many attendees. Not sure what to donate? Check back here for our Hats and Horses Amazon Wish List for auction items to purchase.


Corporate sponsors have a unique opportunity to not only give back to the community through a charitable donation to Pioneer Resources, but to also benefit from our promotion efforts not only during Hats and horses, but all year long.  Social media posts, marketing materials, and acknowledgment on our website are just a few of the ways in which we can share your business’ name.

For more information on sponsorships or donating auction items, call Rachel at 231.327.4291 or email marketing@pioneerresources.org. As the event gets closer, we will post our event link here, where you can register and purchase tickets to attend our 2023 event.

Thank You to our past donors & attendees ~ 

Our 5th annual Hats and Horses fundraiser on May 7, 2022 was our biggest event to date, and the generosity of our community was as beautiful as the weather. THANK YOU to those who attended! The energy, laughter and fun were in full swing all while raising funds to further our mission to serve seniors and individuals with disabilities in our community.


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Pioneer Resources


Bella Maria’s Event Center
513 W. Pontaluna Rd
Muskegon, MI 49444 United States
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