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Hats and Horses

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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We’re excited to share that our 7th annual Hats and Horses event will be held at the elegant Bella Maria’s Event Center on Saturday, May 4, 2024!  Tickets include dinner and dessert; cash bar available.  Tickets on Sale Now!


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 sometimes, a specific area or program. This event takes place every year on the first Saturday in May, Derby day!  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!

Why Attend Hats and Horses? 

Pioneer Resources is dedicated to our mission of helping people with disabilities and seniors to attain independence and dignity by creating opportunities for participation in the community.  Not only will you have an absolute blast on May 4, you’ll also be supporting essential services in our community!  We provide:

  • a place to live:      affordable housing and specialized homes
  • a place to learn:    employment, ABA and training programs
  • a place to grow and play   camping and recreation programs
  • a way to get there:       transportation services

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 our our Amazon Wish List to purchase items for our live or silent auction.


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 Jill at 231.557.4241 or email marketing@pioneerresources.org.

Sponsorship Info 2024 (PDF)

Become A Sponsor

Thank you to our Voyager Level Sponsors! Logos for MQB and Weesies Bros


May 4
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Pioneer Resources


Bella Maria’s Event Center
513 W. Pontaluna Rd
Muskegon,MI49444United States
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