Vicki Gunvalson

Vicki tells us about her weekend at the Kentucky Derby.

on May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to all of you that are mothers, or to those that one day who will become a mother. It is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have ever done, and no words can describe the love I have for my mother and my children, Mike and Briana.

I had an exciting week, as I am returning today back to Orange County from Louisville, KY. I was invited to attend my first Kentucky Derby by a gentlemen and his wife, Paul and Robin Schmidt, who are also in the insurance business like myself. It was one of those things that I had on my bucket list to do, so I went on a leap of faith. Due to the low availability of hotel rooms in the area, they invited me to stay with one of their friends, Senator Julie Denton and her husband Barry Denton.  

Within an hour after I arrived, I had a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Louisville where I met many fans that had been waiting for me to arrive. My book, More Than a Housewife, has inspired many women, men, and even college students to find their purpose, their drive, and to take control of their financial future. The next day I was fitted for my designer dress for the Mint Jubilee Ball, and appeared on a live local TV show recapping the upcoming Derby parties and picks. We then went over to the world famous Churchill Downs racetrack for a celebrity luncheon on Millionaire's Row.  Wow, what an amazing place to be, and if you haven't been there yet, I highly recommend it to be one of your bucket list items as well. At the luncheon, I met Kate Goesslin, the Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fisher (who happens to be a fan of RHOC), and the current Miss America, who sat at our table. The most amazing part of the entire luncheon was when several of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients were recognized for their courage and commitment for their service to this great country!