The National Historic Landmark property, Mount Airy in Warsaw, VA, the private residence of the Tayloe family for over 260 years, was the venue for this year’s Preakness Party on May 21, 2016. The mood was festive as guests gathered under the event tent on the historic bowling lawn during a spring rain shower. Nine of our area’s top restaurants served gourmet appetizers, the auction tables overflowed with amazing items, and the Preakness race streamed across a live feed. The annual Best Hat Contest was joined by a Best Rain Boots contest for this year’s event and guests obliged by wearing their finery!
Over the past twelve years, the RCC Preakness Party has provided more than $650,000 in support of the mission of Rappahannock Community College (RCC), the only institution of higher education within the 12 counties of Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Proceeds from the event provide funds for RCC student scholarships, RCC faculty and staff professional development grants, and unrestricted program support of the RCC Educational Foundation.