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BVA’S POPULAR "DERBY DAY" TO RESUME MAY 7 AFTER TWO-YEAR COVID-19 HIATUS

The popular “BVA Derby Day” will resume this spring after being postponed the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund-raising event benefiting the non-profit BVA Charitable Fund will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. May 7 at Amulet Farms Race Track in Rostraver, the same site as the 2018 and 2019 events that drew hundreds of people for a unique afternoon of fashion, fun and entertainment.

It will coincide with the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby, which will be shown on a Jumbo-Tron screen at Amulet Farms. Many of the same attractions including a popular fashion hat contest, music, photo opps and other activities that take place at Churchill Downs will be featured in the local event.

Once again, the presenting sponsor is CSC Insurance Options and Tom Svrcek, who also owns Amulet Farms. As such, Svrcek’s companies are underwriting costs and marketing while employees will help run BVA Derby Day.

“We are grateful to Tom for again generously opening his track and harness horse training facility to the public for what had quickly become one of the top social events of the year in the Mon Valley,” said John Lofink, chair of the BVA Charitable Fund. “We expect this year’s Derby Day to be bigger and better than ever.”

Svrcek is a charter member of the BVA Charitable Fund as well as its vice chairman.

Tickets for the adults-only event will cost $25, including a chance for a special door prize, and will be sold at the gate on “race day.”  ID will be required as proof of age. Attendance will be limited to 800.

Derby Day 2019 netted more than $50,000 for the BVA Charitable Fund, the philanthropic group dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities and resources in the Belle Vernon Area School District. The fund is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and The Pittsburgh Foundation, which provide oversight and manage perpetual investments.

Melanie Taylor of STAR 100.7 FM radio will serve as master of ceremonies, but the inimitable Tom Simon, also a BVA Fund director, will handle the colorful hat contest duties, co-sponsored by Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate Services and Snoballs Beauty Salon, both in Rostraver.

The event will feature still-to-be-announced entertainment; food vendors including Kodiax Bar and Grille and Forlini’s Kitchen; a “Stoney’s Beer Wagon;” Winslow Winery; a basket auction; a “best dressed couple;” legal games of chance; a 975 classic horse trailer turned into Clink 92 Vintage Mobile Bar; a cigar vendor, and, for the first time, corn-hole games and tournament.

BVA Derby Day will utilize the half-mile racing track for parking. It’s part of the 35-acre spread of pastures, pond, stables and other facilities that make up Amulet Farms, located along Route 201 at the Rostraver-Washington township line.

While a limited number of tents, tables and seating will be provided, attendees are being encouraged to bring their own folding chairs, No outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

“Anyone thinking about attending should do three things soon,” Lofink said. “Save the date. Think about what to wear. And pray for good weather.”