Denver Derby: A combo of charity, fashion, fun

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DENVER - The Denver Derby Party is one of the biggest Spring celebrations in town, known for it's mint juleps and fashion forward 'Derby style' hats. 

What you may not know is that the Derby Party is also a major charity event for the Sean "Ranch" Lough memorial scholarship fund, which sends students to college each year. 

Terrance Hunt, one of the founders of the Sean Lough Foundation, talked about the party and the reasons behind this major event.

Also Friday morning, scholarship award winner Lena Stroud from South High School announced that she is the recipient of a full ride scholarship to CSU in Fort Collins. Funds from the Derby Party go to help send kids to school each year, in honor of Sean. 

According to Derby organizers, Sean "Ranch" Lough had a passion for giving and the following is an excerpt about his life:

"Sean Lough (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, while living in Richmond, Virginia. In his twenty-nine years of life, Ranch accomplished more than many do in a lifetime. One of his greatest attributes was his ability to live every day to its fullest and have a good time while focusing on accomplishing the high goals he set for himself.

It is felt that this scholarship in his name shall be given to an individual that exemplifies the qualities Ranch had, including a high GPA, an economic need and most of all a hearty personality and a love for life. With this scholarship we hope to help other young people accomplish the goals and aspirations that Ranch never had the chance to. The 4-year, full-ride scholarship to Colorado State University, Sean's alma mater, is awarded to a deserving student each year at the Derby Party."

Also joining the 9NEWS morning show was Timothy Smith from Macy's, a major contributor for the Derby event who showed off Derby style fashions.

Denise Snyder from Mariel Boutique in Cherry Creek showed off an assortment of affordable and stylish hats that fit the style of the original Kentucky Derby.

To learn more about the Derby or to purchase tickets to the event, please head to

Denise and her hats can be found at and the website to check out Macy's Spring Fashions is

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