Kentucky Derby Garden Party 2019
Held here on campus, our school courtyard was transformed into a festive garden party complete with excellent food, mint juleps, games, prizes, and of course, a live broadcast of the Derby. The spirit of our school was alive and well among our guests enjoying every aspect. Even the controversial finish at the 145th Running of the Roses could not damper the festivities.
It was also a wonderful way to celebrate our school’s rich history. Our Lady of Lourdes High School was founded in April 1958 by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, who purchased the former Poughkeepsie High School building and grounds from the Poughkeepsie Board of Education. The school was given its name in honor of the centenary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in France. The school opened its doors in September of 1958 with a faculty of four Marist brothers, four Dominican sisters, an athletic coach, and an enrollment of 280 students. The original school was divided into two halves, one for the boys and one for the girls. Our Lady of Lourdes existed this way as separate schools until 1970. The first class graduated in June 1962, and more than 9,000 alumni have since followed in their footsteps. In 1996, Lourdes moved to its current campus and continues to flourish.
Long-time supporters of Lourdes, NY State Senator Sue Serino and East Fishkill Town Supervisor, Nicholas D’Alessandro joined the celebration presenting formal proclamations to Mrs. Merryman from their entities as well as from Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. The Mid-Hudson Bridge even joined the party lighting the bridge in Blue & Gold for the night.
“This was truly a wonderful occasion for us, commented Lourdes Principal, Catherine Merryman. “Once again, I am humbled by the enthusiasm and outpouring of support that we always experience at our events. A celebration of this magnitude would not be possible without the MANY supporters who sponsored or donated to this event. Their generosity made this an outstanding success and we remain abundantly grateful to everyone within and outside our community who embraced this celebration.”
Thank you to all our hardworking volunteer event Co-Chairs, Ilene Cooke ’76, Donna Walsh ’81 and Bonnie Wiegard ’85 for their vision and planning. Special thanks to Main Course Catering and Events Unlimited for a top-notch party! We look forward to this becoming a new tradition for our school so be sure to Save the Date for next year’s Derby!