The Eighth Annual
“Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends
sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
For the eighth consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky are teaming up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience that begins January 1st, 2017 with their “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” auction. This unique Derby hat fundraiser is an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created and donated by custom milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.
Our first seven years of the fundraiser have been a great success, and to date well over $28,000 has been raised for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility.
The first hat up for bid in our auction series honors Pennsylvania-bred Alphabet Soup, winner of the 1996 Breeders’ Cup with a stunning victory over the great racehorse, Cigar. Other notable wins for this son of Cozzene included the 1995 Native Diver Handicap (G3), 1996 San Pasqual Handicap (G2) and 1996 San Antonio Handicap (G2) at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. In 2015 Alphabet Soup retired to Old Friends thanks to Frank Stronach and Adena Springs.
The “Alphabet Soup” chapeau is up for bid from January 1st through the 11th.
The “Alphabet Soup” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Special thanks to Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court for helping us with our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky.
Thanks also to EquiSport Photos for their stunning images and video footage. A special thanks to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique of Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Krystal’s lovely dress!
See Wendy Wooley’s behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court at Old Friends:
About the Auction
This unique online Derby hat auction, which runs this year from January 1st right up to Derby Day, features a new Derby hat design each month that has been created and donated by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to honor the beauty and spirit of one of the horses at Old Friends. All of the proceeds from this running auction will benefit the retired thoroughbred racehorses now living at Old Friends. Old Friends and its founder, Michael Blowen, are well known in racing circles for the exceptional care they give racehorses that are too old for racing or breeding. We thought a fundraiser honoring several of the more than 100 retirees now living at Dream Chase Farm was the perfect way to celebrate the road to the 143rd Kentucky Derby.
Each month the featured auction hat will be posted on this website and the Old Friends website. Each hat will be available for bidding for 10 days only. This January we are featuring the “Alphabet Soup” chapeau which will be up for bid from January 1st through the 11th.
To bid, please go to the Old Friends website or visit the “Hats Off to the Horses” webpage at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and click on the link provided after the first of each month. Winners will be announced each month (unless they prefer to remain anonymous) and on the first day of the following month a new one-of-a-kind millinery creation will be placed up for bid to celebrate another resident of Old Friends. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775.
Freight charges for shipping the hats will be at the expense of the winning bidders. Winning bidders, please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure custom sizing.
NEW this season!
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® presents
”Friends of Old Friends”
Please join me in thanking all of the wonderful organizations listed in the above poster who have joined us this year as “Friends of Old Friends” to help spread the word about our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser.
To read more about this new social media campaign, please click on the poster to learn more!