On Thursday, May 30th Palmer Square will host the Downtown Derby DO-Over, a Kentucky Derby themed event, the finale to their month of giving, the main attraction… a charity horse race, where everyone is a winner!

Princeton, NJ, May 29, 2024 – Rain did not discourage Palmer Square from hosting their inaugural Downtown Derby and charity horse race in support of local community organizations on May 5th. Despite their best efforts, the inclement weather negatively impacted the turnout. In an effort to raise as much awareness (and funds) for their partner charities, Palmer Square will host the Downtown Derby DO-OVER event, this Thursday, offering a proper finale to the month of giving!

Thursday May 30th will be the final “Shop for a Cause,” night in the Square. Each week participating retailers and restaurants donated 10% of their sales between the hours of 5:30-8pm to the benefactor of the week. Community Options, Inc. is the final charity partner.

For this Grand finale, a guest can expect a fun-filled evening of entertainment to accompany their shopping and dining experiences. Some Assembly Required will take the stage at 6pm playing all your favorite hits, making a special appearance, Kym D, will Emcee the event and possibly even sing a song or two with the band.

EASEL will be on site with adoptable puppies, and you can fill out an application on the spot! There will be caricature drawings, a photo booth and so much more.

And for the main event…a charity wooden horse race will take place at 7pm on the Green. Stop by prior to the race start time to support your favorite horse, each representing one of their partner charities. By donating to your favorite horse, you are supporting your local community, where everyone’s a winner.

This race for a cause will feature six horses/charities.

Dignity (Community Options)

Confident Connie (Dress For Success)

Dogbiscuit (EASEL, Animal Rescue League)

HomeFront Honey (HomeFront NJ)

Hope (Womanspace)


All of the charities will be present at the event and welcome the opportunity to speak to community members regarding their mission.

Dress for Success will be accepting donations of gently used handbags, jewelry, and accessories at their table on the Green.

Each person who donated throughout the month has received a chance to win a fabulous door prize. The prizes include experiences from around the Square such as an overnight stay at the Nassau Inn and several dinner gift cards. Names will be called at the end of the event.

Download the Palmer Square App for your insider guide to this event (and all events). Be sure to check your rewards section before traveling to the Square, all APP users will have a complimentary parking pass for the evening.

For more information on this and other great Palmer Square events please visit or download the Palmer Square App today! Read the Palmer Square blog to find out more about their partners and see photos from the inaugural May 5th, Downtown Derby event.

Experience Palmer Square, more than great shopping!

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Jamie Volkert at 609-921-2853 or email at

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