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High Altitude Society: Fourth-annual Vail Derby Party supports Children’s Garden of Learning

AVON — On Saturday afternoon at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa’s Maya restaurant, a beautifully clad group of revelers joined together to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and raise funds for Children’s Garden of Learning with the fourth annual Vail Derby Party.

Children’s Garden of Learning is a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool located in the heart of Vail. With 25 years of rich history in educating young children and a highly educated and qualified staff, Children’s Garden of Learning is one of Vail’s greatest assets. Each year, the school averages 75 students ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years. Two toddler rooms are limited to seven students each day to allow for increased individual attention in these busy, exciting growth years.

Great turnout

The fourth annual Vail Derby Party event chairwoman, Sandra Lynch, was happy with the huge turnout and the overall success of the soiree.

“We are so thrilled with the success of our fourth annual Vail Derby Party,” she said. “We could not have done it without our sponsors: Patricia and Frank Lynch III, KermaTDI, Vail Valley Pharmacy, 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Avon Liquors, the Vail Daily, First Bank, Bold Solutions and our fantastic band, Brothers Keeper.”

Brothers Keeper guitarist Scott Rednor has a child who attends Children’s Garden of Learning, so he and his bandmates, bassist Michael Jude and drummer John Michel, were more than willing to play at the Vail Derby Party in support of the preschool.

Steve and Amy Kisielica are parents of children who attend Children’s Garden of Learning and have been pleased with the school.

“Children’s Garden is an incredibly nurturing and enriching preschool for not only our daughter but many of the valley’s kids, current, past and future,” Amy Kisielica said. “We want to make sure the preschool continues to thrive and make a positive impact on our local children.”

Dressed to the nines

Attendees brought out their Derby best, with colorful hats, dresses and suits, bringing a breath a fresh air and flair to the spring fling. The effort was not lost on Sandra Lynch.

“A special thank you goes out to all who attended the event to support the Children’s Garden of Learning,” she said. “What a fun and remarkably social group of people. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year. Thank you from the event planning team: Sandra Lynch, Kara Robinson, Danielle Siess and Kathy Brendza.”

Prominent in the room were the extended Lynch family members, who enjoy the gift of giving. It seems that giving back has been a core value of the Lynch family. Educational institutions such as Children’s Garden of Learning have been the fortunate recipients of their generous donations and sponsorship of events.

During this 142nd Run for the Roses, which some believe is the “greatest 2 minutes of sports,” there were partygoers busy placing bets, playing horse-racing games, sipping on mint juleps and noshing on the delicious fare of Maya’s modern Mexican cuisine with a bit of spice that excites the taste buds. The Westin’s Maya restaurant provides a sleek setting for any soiree, and the mountain and Eagle River views from the deck are sensational.

For more information, please visit http://www.childrensgarden-vail.com.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and events of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.

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