Tickets are on sale for "The Julep Ball," Opus for Person-to-Person's spring benefit on Saturday, May 4, at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton.

In keeping with the Kentucky Derby theme, guests will be greeted by mint juleps, hors d'oeuvres and live bluegrass music. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. to allow for pre-derby festivities like the race raffle, where there's an opportunity to win prizes for selecting horses in Win, Place and Show categories. At approximately 6:24 p.m., which is post time, derby will be broadcast live. In addition to a sit-down dinner and dancing, other Julep Ball highlights include a golf ball hitting contest, horseshoe station, silent auction and "Best Derby Hat" contest.

The dress code is Kentucky Derby style -- jackets are required for men and hats are encouraged for women.

The Julep Ball's live auction will be moderated by Philae Knight of Phillips de Pury auction house. Knight is an interior designer, art collector and a member of the Whitney Museum's Contemporaries Board. Among the gala's auction lots are a South African Safari, a luxury vacation at The Four Seasons Nevis, an Idaho fishing excursion, box seating at Saratoga Race Track, a cocktail boat cruise, and a SoHo art gallery tour and dinner.

The ball's lead sponsor is Halstead Property. Other key sponsors include Serendipity, Baywater Properties, Darien Dental Arts, Fiduciary Trust and GE Capital, Americas. Diageo's Bulleit Bourbon, another sponsor, will provide spirits from the Diageo portfolio as well as its "Master of Whiskey" to conduct a bourbon tasting. The bakery at Palmer's Market will furnish desserts for the evening.

"We are so grateful to our generous sponsors and to those who have donated such a fantastic slate of items to be auctioned at this year's ball," said Erica Wood, co-president of Opus for Person-to-Person. "It is because of the dedication from our community sponsors and our members that Person-to-Person is able to help almost 23,000 people annually with necessities like gently-used clothing, groceries for nutritious meals, and financial assistance for rent, security deposits and utility bills."

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For more than 15 years, Opus has supported the Darien-based Person-to-Person through fundraising efforts and public awareness. Person-to-Person provides a host of services, including food and clothing donations, funds for scholarship and camp programs, layettes for babies, living assistance loans, holiday toy store and more.

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