Along with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, May 2, 2015 also marked the 7th annual Ron’s Run for the Roses.
Submitted by Jennifer Loughran, Ron’s Run for the Roses
On a gorgeous spring day, nearly 475 attendees made their way to Folly Farm in Simsbury decked out in traditional Derby Day attire for the annual Ron’s Run for the Roses fundraiser.
A live jazz band set the mood for the celebration, and entertained guests as they sipped on the quintessential Derby Day drink – mint juleps. Guests also sampled tradtional Southern fare while casting bids on a variety of live and silent auction items.
Hosted by the West Hartford-based Ron Foley Foundation, the event is geared toward raising funds and awareness to help fight pancreatic cancer. The event began as a backyard picnic in West Hartford at the home of Barbara Foley, and is named in honor of her late husband Ron Foley who died of pancreatic cancer in 2005.
This year’s Ron’s Run for the Roses, with record attendance and key sponsors New Country Motor Cars Group, Hartford Hospital, West Hartford Magazine and We-Ha.com, raised money for medical research, education, and providing financial assistance to patients and their families. The net amount raised has not yet been calculated.
Rachel Adele Cabaniol and Karl Messerschmidt from Rachel Adele Studios were the event photographers.