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May 04, 2013 - The Denver Derby Party knocks it out of Sculpture Park!

What: 12th Annual Denver Derby Party - with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Sean Lough Scholarship Foundation.

Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex in Downtown Denver

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Derby running at around 4:20 p.m. & helicopter fly over

Ticket Prices: $110 General Admission; $250 Jockey Club

Beneficiary: Sean "Ranch" Lough Memorial Scholarship

Host(s): founders, committee members & sponsors

Mistress of Ceremonies: Dayle Cedars of Channel 7 News

Master of Ceremonies: Nick Mystrom

Honoree(s): Magdalena Stroud and her twin sister Allegra Stroud, both students at South Denver High School

Founders: Terrence Hunt & Scott Anderson

Committee Members: Scott Anderson, Terrance Hunt, Mark Barger, Josh White, Garrett Gee, Mike Berg, Brad Hansen, Mike Dominguez, Ron Martinez, Steve Heim, Chip Kahn, Kishen Mangat, Drake Harris, Kevin Curran, Matt Zettel, Scott Watkins, Bluey Kwech, Mark Zemenak, Ryan Williams, Mike Ligon, Roland Eibl, Matt Barnhill, Kretice Leiker Crowson, Aimee Monihan Greening & Nick Mystrom

Entertainment: Queen City Jazz Band; aerial helicopter flyovers; DJs spinning the latest tunes

Of note: Several after-parties took place one at The Corner Office and another at Epernay downtown.

Sponsors: Title Sponsor: United Capital Markets; Premier Sponsors: NBC Sports Network, Verizon, Macy's, 5280 Magazine, Uber, HD Communications, Design Works by Dave & Mike; Platinum Sponsors: Coors, Republic National Distributing Company of Kentucky, Nordstrom, Pepsi, Dagmar Branding Portable Event Displays, Fuller Sotheby's International Realty - Ron Martinez, Siemans, Ready Talk, Epernay, EZ Register, Donahue Law Group, Viewhouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop, FRR Construction; Gold Sponsors: JAX Fish House Oyster Bar, Snarf's Sandwiches, Denver Pizza Company, Jing, Rialto Cafe, El Camino Community Tavern, Plaza Catering, European Wax Center, Red Bird, Mountain Occasions, Ethix Solutions, Home Vibe; Silver Sponsors: Scout Cleaning, Bellco Credit Union, Steamboat Wine Festival, Orange Barrel Media, Colorado State University Alumni Association

Attendance: 5,000

Attire: Southern cocktail - hats encouraged

Special Thanks: Downtown Denver


Event Coordinator: Kretice Leiker Crowson and Aimee Monihan Greening

Blacktie Photos by: Nancy Koontz & Pamela Cress

 Beautiful Hats and Gorgeous Ladies!
Beautiful Hats and Gorgeous Ladies!

Second only to Churchill Downs, The Denver Derby Party has grown to become one of the most unique and highly anticipated fund-raising events in the country.  With its usual immaculately stylish and cool dressed crowd, the 2013 event was held in beautiful Downtown Denver, at the centrally located and scenic Denver Performing Arts Complex - which inclues the grassy outdoor Sculpture Park, the Boettcher Concert Hall and a portion of the Galleria.  The race and entertainment were displayed on over 25 different HDTVs located throughout the event, and included a special 30' x 18' high resolution LCDs.

Funded in memory of Sean "Ranch" Lough, a remarkable individual who touched many people with his spirit, aspirations, humor, and kindness, his life and bright future were cut short when he was killed in a mountain biking accident, but his spirit remains in everyone he knew.  The Sean “Ranch” Lough Foundation has absolutely no operating expenses .  Its founders and supporters volunteer their time, and the scholarship funds are deposited into a CSU’s 501(c)3 and are managed by the school’s endowment manager. 

Absolutely the highlight of the event this year, a 4-year, full-ride scholarship to Colorado State University, Sean's alma mater, was awarded to not just one deserving student - but to the winner, Magdalena Stroud's (just as deserving) twin sister Allegra Stroud - both students at Denver South High School.  Allegra's scholarship was a surprise announcement made at The Denver Derby Party.  The founders went to the sponsors of the event, and through their generosity, they were able to award the second scholarship. Deserving students like Magdalena and Allegra not only benefit from the education, but the life lessons they learn while at Colorado State University.  By the time they graduate, they never want to leave Fort Collins and CSU and have a whole new appreciation of life and what their future holds.

The founders, sponsors, and supporters of this years Denver Derby want to thank everyone for their support.  It is incredibly gratifying to them to help first-generation kids get an education that can really change the course of their entire family.  And yes - See you next year rain or shine! 


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