Hats and Hooves Derby Affair returns Might 1


After being canceled final yr due to COVID-19, the annual Hats & Hooves Derby Affair shall be again Might 1.

The gala facilities round watching the Kentucky Derby, with foods and drinks, auctions and extra in entrance of the McRitchie-Hollis Museum in downtown Newnan. It advantages Elevate Coweta College students.

“We’re actually, actually enthusiastic about this occasion this yr,” stated Govt Director Kevin Barbee. “That is one in all our largest fundraisers, and final yr we weren’t in a position to have it.”

For this yr, “we’re working onerous to make sure the occasion is carried out in a secure method which can permit all of our visitors to get pleasure from an exquisite time socializing, taking part in silent and stay auctions and watching the Kentucky Derby stay as soon as once more.”

The College of West Georgia is providing area on its entrance garden so the occasion can unfold out a bit extra and permit for extra social distancing.

The occasion additionally provides Elevate Coweta College students an opportunity to share with the group what the group does. “This yr has been a troublesome yr. Final yr was extraordinarily powerful for our group,” Barbee stated.

Elevate Coweta College students, previously Communities in Colleges, modified its identify efficient Jan. 1, 2020, and have become its personal entity.

The group locations web site coordinators in colleges to help college students who want further help, and the coordinators function advocates for college kids. They assist establish college students in want of help and join these college students and their households to group assets to assist take away obstacles to pupil success.

Present colleges being served are Newnan Excessive College, East Coweta Excessive College and Ruth Hill Elementary College.

With colleges closing final yr due to COVID-19, and faculty altering drastically this yr even for these college students attending college face-to-face, COVID-19 has been a problem to the group.

Most of the highschool college students Elevate serves weren’t within the colleges, however had been attending just about. Some digital college students have seen their grades dip considerably, and even college students who’re in class are having to cope with further struggles of life within the pandemic.

With college students not within the colleges, it’s tougher for Elevate employees to see them recurrently.

“My employees are most likely spending 50 p.c of their time outdoors of the varsity doing dwelling visits,” Barbee stated lately after accepting a donation from the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority’s DRIP program.

Sometimes, many of the college students Elevate serves are referred to the group by counselors or academics, however academics and counselors don’t see the scholars like they used to. “It has been a problem,” Barbee stated.

Occasion sponsors are wanted, and anybody excited about sponsoring the occasion can go to the Hats & Hooves net web page at https://elevatecowetastudents.org/hats-and-hooves-2021/ .

The direct hyperlink for tickets and sponsors is https://hatsandhooves21.givesmart.com/ .

To this point, in accordance with the web site, $25,800 has been raised towards the $135,000 aim.

“We’re solely six weeks away, so numerous work remains to be to be performed,” Barbee stated.

Even with the additional area, tickets shall be restricted. Ticket gross sales shall be beginning quickly, and Barbee expects them to go shortly. “As a result of individuals love this occasion.”

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