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Ron’s Run A Derby Day Success

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der1It was tents, hats, mint juleps and Kentucky Derby action at Folly Farm in Simsbury Saturday.

It was the 6th annual Ron’s run for the Roses, a fundraiser held each year to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer and to remember late Travelers exec, Ron Foley.

Foley died of the disease and his then widow, Barbara Foley began the fundraiser as a picnic in her backyard that grew into a major event the Farmington valley equestrian center.

“We are glad to do this,” said Folly Farm owner, Bob Patricelli, who also co-founded Women’s Health USA Inc., and Evolution Benefits. “It’s a great cause.”

And in between those mint juleps, banks of roses, the actualder4 derby broadcast, live music and derby-style food including mac n’ cheese with shrimp, ham and sweet potato stew, there were hats, lots of them, many with special meaning.

“I used to collect horses and this was part of my collection,” said Sheryl Haraghey whose hat included a theme-appropriate small toy horse sitting on top of her hot pink straw hat.

The event includes a “best hat” contest but this year, the usual winner in the women’s category, Dee Romejko, had to just say no.

der3“I have won for the past two years,” said Romejko, whose extravagant turquoise and coral creation looked extra special because it was coordinated with her husband, Bob’s, turquoise and coral Derby-wear. “I told the judging committee that this year it should go to someone else.”

“I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer two years ago and blue was his favorite color,” explained Rhia Michaud, an Avon resident who was at the event for the first time. “So I knew my hat had to be shades of blue,” she said about her pictures hat that featured an array of blue flowers and feathers. “I know if he were here, he would like this party and I know he would like my hat.”

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Grab Your Hat Hartford! It’s The Weekend!!

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The rain is scheduled to go away (oh please)  and that means time to partake of the weekend Hartford!  Andcalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] the choices range from very, very pretty to very, very  hot!

It’s Kentucky Derby Day Saturday. Besides a host of restaurant and club specials, there is also Ron’s Run for the Roses, the annual fundraiser at Folly Farm in Simsbury, benefiting The Ron Foley Foundation and its fight against pancreatic cancer.

The fun, including fabulous hats and mint juleps,  begins at 2:30 p.m.  There are hat and outfit contests, auctions, equestrian displays, Kentucky Derby viewing and more at the event that has raised  over $500,000 for research and help to those patients and their families in need.

run12For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, the CT Forum will host another in its lecture series, this one titled “Nerd Fest.” It features panelists Adam Savage, co-host of “MythBusters,” actress Aisha Tyler and New York Times “ethicist” and author Chuck Klosterman.

The forum convenes at The Bushnell at 8 p.m. For more information go here.

nbm8Also on Saturday, the New Britain Museum of American Art will hold its annual “The Art pARTy of the Year” spring gala. About 500 people are expected at the fundraiser that includes a cocktail reception, dinner , dancing , auctions and more. For more information go here.



On Sunday, Matthew Phillips Salon on LaSalle Road in West Hartford will host its 14th annual “Cut-A-Thon” benefiting the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. Haircuts are being offered from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a cost of $25. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 860-523-5261.

tandooriBut let’s back up a bit. Start the weekend on May 1 at the Wadsworth’s “First Thursday After Hours” and its May theme,  “Indian Tandoori.” The popular, monthly  Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. will include Bollywood dance lessons, Indian-inspired food, henna body art, dance demonstrations and more. For Information go here.

Need some peace and solace?


Head over to Elizabeth Park on May 3 for the second annual “Re-Create Ct,” a holistic festival featuring yoga, Zumba classes, vendors, artisans, a fitness workshop. meditation and more to soothe mind and body. The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m. For more information go here.

SAMBA-2014-poster-11-x-17[1]Want anything but peace and quiet?

Then dance over to Hartford’s eighth annual “Samba Fest” at Mortensen Riverfront  May 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Composer/guitarist Ivan Vilela will be featured along with Nation Beat and a host of other musical acts. For information go here.

Want a little more weekend? Monday is Cinco de Mayo and that means dozens of restaurant and party specials all over the state and on Tuesday Malta House will celebrate its “Wonder Women” at The Bushnell.

Also on Tuesday, “Beauty and the Beast”  opens at The Bushnell. For more information go here.

Decked Out Ron’s Run Arrives On Derby Day

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kentucky2There is more than just the Kentucky Derby run9happening on Saturday.

So grab your hat.

Coinciding with the famed horse race on Saturday,  is the annual Ron’s Run for the Roses, an area  fundraiser at Folly Farms in Simsbury  benefiting  The Ron Foley Foundation and pancreatic cancer research.

One of the highlights of the mint julep and seersucker affair is the headwear, fabulously decadent  wide-brimmed, shadow box, cloche and picture-style hats. kentucky3

We had a crash course on creating the perfect headpiece thanks to a group of Hartford area women who have been longtime supporters of the cause, and of course, a stylish chapeau !

To find out why and how some committee members get  elegantly hat-ready each year, go here.


Ron’s Run A Derby Success

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kentucky3If you happened to drive to Folly Farm in Simsbury Saturday for the annual “Ron’s Run for the Roses,” it was not your imagination — the tent was bigger.

Bigger because what started as a backyard picnic eight years ago, turned into a record-breaking crowd of more than 400 this year for an event that uses Kentucky Derby Day to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer.

 “We are thrilled,” said Barbara Foley, who, with friends began the annual event in her backyard shortly after her husband, the late Travelers exec Ron Foley, died from the disease in 2005. Proceeds from the event go to the Ron Foley Foundation and are used for research and financial assistance to help for victims and their families.

kentucky2Ron would say ‘you are embarrassing me’ if he saw all this,” said Foley, now remarried, as she looked around the crowded tent full of women in exotic Derby day hats and men in seersucker suits. “But he’d be glad it’s a party,” she said, “and all the good the proceeds will do.”

In between mint juleps and appetizers, guests were all about those hats. And once again, Dee Romejko showed the rest of the crowd what a winner looks like.  

“Made it myself,” she said about the lime green and turquoise flowered picture hat she wore. Romejko has won “best hat” awards year after year and this was no exception. Again she took home the “best hat” prize.

010Also an award winner was Diane Abate, whose canary yellow cloche, made from a glossy yellow paper bag and purchased in Mystic, was deemed another crowd favorite.

Hartford Hospital president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks was honorary chair and sported his own hat for the event. Emcee duties were handled by Fox CT/WTIC meteorologist Joe Furey. 

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It’s Derby Time In CT! Ron’s Run Time!

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run10Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day and that means the annual “Ron’s Run for the Roses,” a derby-themed party benefiting the Ron Foley Foundation, established in memory of the late Traveler’s executive, and its efforts to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Guests are invited to wear their seersucker suits and their most outrageous hats to the event that is held at Folly Farm in Simsbury and includes auctions, viewing of the Kentucky Derby, mint juleps, food, equestrian events and entertainment. the event begins at 3 p.m. .


Speaking of derby parties, Child & Family Agency will hold its “Run for the Roses” fundraiser Saturday at the home of Paul and Adrienne Forest in Essex.

The event includes, food, fashion, dancing and auctions with special guests including real jockeys.

Information: 860-227-7551.