VAIL — The Vail Derby Party at The Sebastian held during the late afternoon on April 3 benefited Children’s Garden of Learning preschool. Parents of children who attend the school and event co-chairs Dana Addis and Jennifer Thompson were thrilled with the turnout and the mission of the event.
“We doubled in size from last year, and everyone had a lot of fun. We are raising money to improve technology,” Addis said. Thompson added, “Our theme is above and beyond and we are trying to take what we already do at the school and bring it to the next level. We plan to purchase more laptops to use in the classroom.”
Children’s Garden of Learning is a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool located on a beautiful hillside in Vail. Parents, teachers, administrators and friends were out in force at the Vail Derby Party to show support for their school. A sea of fanciful headwear including hats and fascinators was the backdrop for the festivities. These sometimes over-the-top head pieces became popular in the late 20th century and are a style of formal millinery. Think Philip Treacy couture headwear on Kate Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga.
The winner of the best hat contest had a hat with a galloping stuffed horse, ribbons and accoutrements; other beautiful hair accessories included feathers, flowers and jewels. The men looked dapper in seersucker, pin stripes, bow ties and loafers. Mariah Ulvestad was working hard at the betting board which was filling up quickly.
“For five dollars you bet to win and bet to place for first and second place,” Ulvestad explained.
There was a silent auction with lots of great items. The Sebastian served traditional comfort food from the South including chicken, macaroni and cheese and, of course, the infamous mint julep. The photo booth was a big hit with some amusing props.
Indoor lawn games, live music and, of course, the main event — the showing of the 140th Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses — on the big screen. What some call the greatest two minutes in sports was won by California Chrome and Art Sherman, the newest and oldest trainer at age 77. The event committee gave their deepest gratitude to their sponsors including Bulleit Bourbon, The Sebastian, Nichols Interactive, Vail Daily, Claggett/Rey Gallery, Petals and Pours, KZYR and Viele Construction.
For more information, please visit www.childrensgarden-vail.com.