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Gear Up for Derby Day

The Original Denver Derby Party celebrates 18 years in 2019 with food, fun and fancy hats — all for a good cause



Photos courtesy of Denver Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner and so is Denver's biggest bash. Why not celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports at Denver's most stylish party with a purpose? The Original Denver Derby Party, now in its 18th year, is the biggest of its kind outside Kentucky. Held annually on the first Saturday in May, the party transforms 4 blocks of Downtown Denver into our own Churchill Downs, sans the horses.

The 2019 party, presented by Woodford Reserve, is on Saturday May 4th and tickets include admission, entertainment, food and all you can drink. Sip on a Mint Julep and peruse the creative and extravagant Derby hats while watching the race on infield jumbo trons and over 40 TVs. 

The purpose behind the party, though, is bigger than a day of fancy hats and horse racing. Sean Lough was a dear friend, brother and son who tragically passed away in 2001 as a result of a mountain biking accident.

At Sean’s wake, his good friends Scott Anderson and Terrance Hunt realized they wanted to do something in his honor. They created the Sean ‘Ranch’ Lough Foundation, a scholarship given to individuals exemplifying the qualities Sean had, including a high GPA, an economic need and, most of all, a love for life.

Each year, the scholarship committee and a representative from CSU interview around a dozen finalists—whittled down from hundreds of applicants—who’ve demonstrated scholastic excellence and financial need. The final scholarship winners are notified around mid-April in the presence of their principal, teachers, family and friends. When the day of the Original Derby Party arrives, they are presented on stage with their winnings.

100% of all ticket proceeds benefit the Sean Ranch Lough Foundation, which provides 4 year college scholarships to underprivileged students. Thanks in large part to the support of the Derby Party patrons, the SRL Foundation has given over 58 students the chance to attend college without financial burden.

Tickets for The Original Denver Derby Party are on sale now and selling fast. Visit www.denverderby.com to snag your tickets for the biggest party of its kind outside of Kentucky.

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