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Dear Cardinal Mooney Families,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Race for the Roses Gala, which will be held on Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grove Ballroom located in Lakewood Ranch. The gala will provide an evening of Kentucky Derby fun that includes a dinner with southern favorites, an open bar, music and dancing, an outdoor cigar and bourbon tasting area, online and silent auction, and of course, prizes for the best hat and the best bowtie. 

Our annual gala is our largest fundraiser and always a sold-out event. All proceeds from the gala will be used to renovate and update our science classroom labs. Your support is essential in helping us to reach our goal of $75,000 and provide advanced equipment to meet the ever-changing needs to educate our students for today’s world.  Tickets are available online and are discounted through February 1st for those that purchase early.

Sponsorship opportunities are available with details and registration online at Race for the Roses – Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School: Sarasota Private School ( Your sponsorship will have significant exposure to the community we serve and a lasting positive effect on the students you will be helping. We are also seeking donations for our auction which is a significant fundraiser during our auction. Please contact Amy Gorman, Director of Development, at (941) 379-2647 or email [email protected] if you are interested in a sponsorship or have any questions. 

On behalf of the entire Race for the Roses Gala Committee, thank you in advance for your support.

Warm regards,

Valerie Giuliani, P ’23
Race for the Roses Gala Chair