The 21st annual Derby Day began with “And they're off,” marking the open of the Kentucky Derby, live from Churchill Downs. On May 5 the Glendale Assn. of the Retarded welcomed about 300 supporters/bettors, who each had $300 in “Derby dollars” to bet with. They were welcomed by association client Casey Lavely, former association staff member Beverly Mondok-Thomas and association consultant David Cain. The three were dressed in full plantation regalia. The Royal Crest Room of Burbank's Pickwick Banquet Center held the luncheon and the giant screens that showed the running of the horses live. In between races was an overflowing buffet, silent and live auctions. A new twist to the silent auction (full of tempting Coach purses) were nine tasting stations. For $5 you could fill yourself up with “Kentucky Faire” and then turn around to enjoy the fried-chicken buffet served a few minutes later.
Besides the horses, Derby Day was also devoted to the memory of the late former Glendale mayor Larry Zarian, who had been a longtime board member of association services. Association Executive Director Sandy Doughty presented the Campbell Award of Excellence in Zarian's name to his three sons, Vincent Zarian and twin men-about-town Lawrence and Gregory Zarian.