LiFT Your Spirits 2020

Dear Friends,

As a worldwide community, it goes without saying that each of us are personally and immediately affected by COVID19; LiFT shares this vulnerability.

In the interest of our greater well being and in keeping with the spirit of our Derby roots, LiFT has made the decision to postpone our annual fundraising gala, LiFT Your Spirits, to September 5th 2020, which coincides with the new date announced by Churchill Downs for the 146th Kentucky Derby. More event communications will be forthcoming.

I DO believe through challenge and adversity we find unity and strength. COVID19 has impacted our common humanity but it also reminds us we are a global society, caring for one another. Our lives are intrinsically connected across countries, continents and diversities. During this time of social distancing and temporary isolation, let us remember how precious we are to one another.

Wishing each of you protection and peace,

Keli Mondello
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
LiFT Academy/LiFT University Transition Program


Please join us for LiFT Your Spirits at a Digital Derby Presented by Kast Construction

This fantastic and fun evening is a Kentucky Derby-themed party that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home to benefit Learning Independence For Tomorrow (LiFT). Tune into our virtual fundraiser for an exclusive concert from Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids, a Bourbon Tasting, a Derby attire contest, incredible opportunity drawings, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to bid on in our silent and live auction. All proceeds will benefit the students of LiFT Academy and the LiFT University Transition program.

Register Now


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Digital Derby Schedule

Join us for a full week of Digital Derby Celebrations!

  • Monday (8/30): Opportunity Drawings Begin
  • Tuesday (9/1): Silent Auction Opens
  • Wednesday (9/2): Tune into the Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids Concert at 6:30 pm
  • Thursday (9/3): Thank You Thursday for our Sponsors
  • Friday (9/4): Friday Frontrunners – vote for your favorite horses!
  • Saturday (9/5): Derby Day! Join our pre-show at 6:20pm. Pre-register Today!


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Sandi Geller, sgeller@liftacademy.org or call 727-258-7659.


Interested in being more involved? Please see our sponsorship levels here.