Even in quirky German Village, this duo turned a few heads.

Even in quirky German Village, this duo turned a few heads.

Ed Elberfeld, decked out in a pink, black and white jockey outfit, chauffeurs Katie White, dressed in a horse costume, around German Village in a pedicab, looking to sell tickets for Village Derby Day.

They launched their door-to-door campaign the morning of April 9, although some people weren't home.

But financial adviser David Cunningham of Edward Jones on Beck Street spared a few moments to buy a $50 ticket, although he won't be able to make it.

"It really is a good cause," Cunningham said.

Village Connections, an aging-in-place program in German Village, is hosting Village Derby Day at 4:30 p.m. May 2 at the Germania Club, 543 S. Front St.

The fundraiser will coincide with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, which will be broadcast that evening. People will be able to place bets, White said.

"We've got big screens, we've got an outdoor bar," said White, executive director of Village Connections. "We've got space for dancing."

The party is open to those 21 years old and older.

Included in the admission price are mint juleps courtesy of Maker's Mark distillary and the Germania will offer appetizers.

Connections hopes to sell 300 tickets.

"We think that's a totally doable number," said Elberfeld, who was one of the architects of the group.

Advance tickets are available at villageconnectionscolumbus.org or by calling 614-226-6567.

The nonprofit organization, which has an operating budget of about $90,000 annually, hopes to raise $10,000 from the event. A portion of that total will come from seven sponsors, who are contributing various levels.

The official after party is at Claddagh Irish Pub in the Brewery District, where discounts on food will be offered, White said.

She said the event should appeal to people of all ages.

"We are going to make this an annual event," she said.