Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty broker Ron Martinez, is one of the founders of the highly successful Denver Derby Party, a benefit which was established to support the Sean “Ranch” Lough Memorial Scholarship Foundation. As one of many highly involved and passionate supporters of the event – which celebrated its 12th year on Saturday, May 4 – Ron had the honor and pleasure of being one of approximately 5,000 people to take part in a check presentation to Lena Stroud, a senior at South High School, who received a full ride scholarship to attend Colorado State University. What the crowd didn’t expect was a surprise check presentation to Lena’s twin sister Allegra, who also received a full ride scholarship to CSU. It was a happy day for everyone, especially the twin girls’ mom, Gina, who may still have the biggest smile in Denver right now. Pictured above left to right - Scott Anderson, Lena Stroud, Ron Martinez, Allegra Stroud, Terrance Hunt.
“This is a great way to honor a life that was tragically cut short, and celebrate and support the future endeavors of local high school students,” said Martinez, who helped establish the event in 2001, and works closely with other event sponsors and volunteers to organize and host the Derby Party. “This year’s event was once again a huge success, especially being able to provide scholarships to the twin sisters, and we’re looking forward to attracting even more support, and helping many more students for years to come!”
With thousands of well-dressed, be-hatted guests, this year’s event was held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in the outdoor Sculpture Park. Attendees were able to watch the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby, while enjoying food and drinks that were donated by several local restaurants and distributors. The Denver Derby event has been recognized as the largest derby party outside of Kentucky. Even out-of-town visitors walking the streets of downtown Denver were quite impressed by the creative hats, dresses, pinstripes and plaids on display.
Sean (aka “Ranch”) was a dear friend, brother and son who tragically passed away in June of 2001 as a result of a mountain biking accident. A full-ride scholarship is awarded each year to a young individual, such as Lena and Allegra, who exemplifies the qualities “Ranch” possessed: a high GPA, an economic need, and, most of all, a generous personality and a love for life.
The Derby Party operates solely on volunteer time, energy and commitment, so there are very few operating expenses. The founders of this event are proud to say that 100% of the proceeds benefit the scholarship given in the name of Sean Lough. The Sean “Ranch” Lough Foundation hosts and committee members volunteer their time, and the scholarship funds are deposited into CSU’s 501(c)3 and are managed by the school’s endowment manager. The hosts and their sponsors would like to tell everyone who attended that they are grateful for their continued support and – see you next year “rain or shine!”
Information about the Denver Derby Party, and sponsorship opportunities for next year’s event, can be found at www.denverderby.com.