It was billed as a one of a kind Village of Warwick “Happening,” themed and designed to represent the sophistication, elegance and fun focused on the traditions of America’s greatest horse race, the Kentucky Derby.
On Saturday evening, May 7, the Warwick Wine Garden and Piano Bar at 22 McEwen St. hosted its inaugural Kentucky Derby fund raiser. This year, Winslow Therapeutic Center was selected as the beneficiary.
Winslow is a non-profit organization accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, devoted to the special needs population of the Hudson Valley and surrounding area in northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
The “Run for the Roses” afternoon of fun celebration incorporated many of the traditions of the Kentucky Derby including, Champagne and Mint Juleps, Souther- style fare, Twin Spires Dessert Cake, ladies hat pageant, Bluegrass music and multi-screen viewing of an exciting two minutes in sports.
“The event was perfect and so much fun,” said Winslow’s Executive Director Sue Ferro.
“The community volunteers who planned this exceeded everyone’s expectations.”
Chris Littell, who owns the Wine Garden together with his wife Marilyn, reported that the turnout was unbelievable for a first-time event.
“It was wonderful to see so many new faces at our place,” he said. “And it was an exciting gathering.”
The highlight of the afternoon was the ladies hat pageant with 21 participants all wearing traditional Kentucky Derby attire and beautiful hats.
“Our vision,” said Patty McCoy, a planning committee volunteer, “was to present an impeccable and well organized celebration so that it would become a marquee annual event of the Warwick Wine Garden & Piano Bar and the Village of Warwick and, most importantly, provide support to a local charity.”
Event supporters included Soho Salons, Jean-Claude’s Patisserie & Dessert Cafe, Corwin Florist, and FriYo.
“We would also like to thank all the Derby Day guests who donated more than $1,200 in support of Winslow programs,” said Ferro, “This support and making new friends is very important to us.” –
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