Derby Fridays come to Sacred Heart

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Alice Millerchip '15

In preparation for Convent of the Sacred Heart’s 2015 Derby: Run for the Roses auction, all Upper, Middle and Lower School students will have an exception to the school uniform until the beginning of May. The Parents’ Association has implemented “Derby Days,” during which students will be allowed to sport a long-sleeved “Derby” shirt, customized in honor of the upcoming spring benefit.
The shirts have been selling at a price of $15.00. They can be purchased through the Sacred Heart website.

Alice Millerchip '15
Upper, Middle and Lower School students can purchase Derby shirts to wear on Fridays in support of the 2015 Derby: Run for the Roses auction benefit. Alice Millerchip ’15

“I think it’s a really creative way to raise money and add another option for apparel days that every grade can wear,” junior Victoria Becker said.
All funds raised from the shirt sales will go towards the school’s growing endowment fund, which supports various members of the Sacred Heart community.
“The proceeds of the Derby go to the endowment, which is a corpus of money that is never spent, is invested wisely and the revenue is used to offset tuition costs, to support financial aid, and our budget,” Assistant Head of School and Director of Advancement Mr. Michael Baber said. “Our endowment is modest for our school age, and we are working really hard to strengthen it.”
The long-sleeved white shirt has the auction’s themed colors, red and black, with three colorful jockey jackets and the Sacred Heart logo. Upper and Middle School students are allowed to wear the shirt with their school kilt, while Lower School students are permitted to wear the shirt with black leggings.
“I love the design. It is very clever and is a great combination of our school logo and the colors and symbols of the Derby. Two great traditions come together in this design,” Mr. Baber said.
The Derby benefit will take place May 2 at the Westchester Country Club. The Parents’ Association hopes to host approximately 500 guests at the auction.
– Alexandra Dimitri, Staff Writer