Ten custom-built boats will compete, and all proceeds go to support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine.

This year marks the 11th Annual Lakeland Derby, a signature fundraising event hosted by Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM). In classic “Derby” fashion, the race is held at Lake Mirror and oversees swan paddle boats race around the lake for the title. Ten custom-built boats will compete, and all proceeds go to support LVIM. With three races, food, live music, kids’ games, and a closing fireworks’ display, the Lakeland Derby is an event that draws out the community and sees plenty of wide-brim hats for the occasion.

In 2001, LVIM was founded to create a way to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Lakeland community. This non-profit organization sees that patients gain a medical home and have access to doctors’ visits, diagnostic testing, lab tests, ultrasound scans, and x-rays at no charge. Extensive diagnostics are also available through a network of participating ancillary providers who volunteer their facilities, staff, and professional time also at no charge to LVIM or the patients. Additionally, LVIM operates a full-service pharmacy, funded by United Way of Central Florida. The Prescription Assistance Program secures almost $3 million of brand-name prescriptions for patients at no charge; at LVIM, the treatment is free.

In order to keep LVIM fueled and accessible to the community, the Annual Lakeland Derby is a key fundraiser for the organization. But, while it requires many skilled professionals to keep LVIM running properly, you don’t need to have a medical background to volunteer. You can also donate to LVIM while shopping at Amazon. At Smile.Amazon.com, choose Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine as your 501(c)(3) from the list provided, and a percentage of your purchase comes back to LVIM.

For more information on how to become a Lakeland Derby sponsor, or to volunteer or donate to LVIM, please visit, lvim.net/lakeland-derby, or call 863.606.1552.