The Bash

The Bash

CitySquash is an organization near and dear to our hearts.
Founded in 2002, CitySquash helps motivated young people from economically disadvantaged households fulfill their academic, athletic and personal potential.

For our 200 elementary, middle, high school and college students participants, CitySquash is an intensive, year-round commitment that starts as early as 3rd grade and lasts through college graduation. The programming includes squash, tutoring, mentoring, community service, travel, high school placement, college prep, career services and more.



We hope you can join the party on Thursday, June 1st at the University Club for the CitySquash Annual Bash.

Watch world class squash professionals and students in exhibition matches, enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner listen to a great DJ and bid on some amazing live auction items. Just don’t outbid us on The Beaver Creek house, that’s our favorite!

Hope to see you there!
http://citysquash.org/events/the-bash/



At last year’s benefit we heard a young CitySquasher named Cris Margaret Frias speak about the way her life has changed since she became involved in 2005. We will never forget it and we would like to share it with you.

http://citysquash.org/bash-2016-keynote-speech/

The below speech was delivered by CitySquash team member Cris Margaret Frias at the 2016 Bash at the University Club in New York City. Cris Margaret has been a CitySquash team member since 2005, and this past spring she became the first in her family to earn a college degree when she graduated from Franklin & Marshall College.

“Good evening. Thank you all for being here tonight and thank you so much President Porterfield for making the trip here and for that amazing introduction. When I was at F&M, I truly appreciated how accessible you always made yourself to the students. Thank you for the ice cream breaks in your office. Thank you the concern you showed for my safety when you stopped by the Student Center on a night I was working late and asked how I was getting home. Thank you for your commitment to making the school a diverse and happy place. I’m proud to be a CitySquasher and I’m proud to be Diplomat!

Tonight, I want to tell you a story about opening doors.

The story begins with my brave mother who immigrated here from the Dominican Republic with my sister and me. I was five, my sister was a baby, and none of us spoke any English. My mother enrolled us in public school and told us to take advantage of every opportunity that came our way. So when in 6th grade, I was offered the chance to try out for CitySquash, I was so excited to do so, that I arrived a week early for tryouts! I cried the whole way home, but a few months later was jumping up and down screaming with my mom, celebrating my acceptance to the program.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and let me tell you, CitySquash helped create one heck of a village for me. Through the program, I met so many people who have touched my life—from Tim and Terence, to the rest of the staff, to my mentors Lisa and Jessica, to Mr. Platt, an F&M alum, who helped support me through college, to the many families who hosted me at tournaments and brought me along on their summer vacations, and of course to my teammates, many of whom have become lifelong friends—thank you for being there for me. Because of CitySquash, I am a graduate of The Loomis Chaffee School and Franklin and Marshall College.

At F&M, I played varsity squash for four years and loved having kids from CitySquash and other urban squash programs on my team. My coach Gavin Jones, who is here tonight, has been an important mentor for me and someone I know I’ll turn to for advice for the rest of my life. My professors taught me to think deeply, and not just to accept answers, but to ask questions.

During my college journey, CitySquash helped me to secure many different internships. I coached at urban squash programs in Baltimore and Cartagena, Colombia, I worked in marketing at FreshDirect, and interned at the DC office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Most of the interns hardly had the chance to interact with the senator, but thanks to our shared passion for squash. I spent an hour alone with her on court. I promised her I wouldn’t share the score of our match, but let’s just say to my squash coaches in the room, I made you proud! The CitySquash College Success Scholarships, which Terence talked about earlier, provided a stipend for that unpaid internship. For that, as well as the annual tuition assistance that was provided for me through the fund, I am grateful.

As you can tell, I am overwhelmed by gratitude. When I walked across the stage and became the first member of my family to graduate from college, it was because of you and, in a way, it was for all of you. I pledge to always give back to CitySquash, to Loomis, and to F&M for everything that those places have done for me. In fact, I recently started working at US Squash and am thrilled to be able to do something for a sport that has done so much for me.

So now—back to the doors. I promised you a story about doors opening. And you may think you’ve already heard it. Because yes, a lot of figurative doors were opened in the journey I just described. But I want to tell you now about some real live doors that I’ve been thinking a lot about recently.

After arriving in New York, my mother took a job as a taxi driver. It allowed her flexible hours when my sister and I were little. Often, she drove all night so that she could be there for us in the mornings. But after that, she took a job in housekeeping because the pay was more stable. She was a member of the staff of THIS club—the University Club. and for years, she entered through the staff doors, and worked and worked to provide my sisters and me with all that we needed.

Tonight, I walked into the University Club through the front doors. The entrances are only a few feet away from each other, but they are worlds—literally worlds—apart. And without CitySquash, we would never have been able to move from one world to the other. When you support CitySquash, you open doors. You open worlds. Thank you for changing my life and the life of my family.

Unfortunately, my mother could not be here tonight, but before I finish, I want to thank her here, in front of all of you. Thank you, Mami, for walking all those years through the back door to allow me to walk through the front. Gracias mami, por caminar por las puertas de atras para que yo un dia pudiera caminar por las puertas del frente. I promise her and I promise all of you that I will continue to work hard to make the most of the opportunities that you’ve helped to give me.

Thank you.”

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Smashing Party Ideas

Smashing Party Ideas

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SMASHING PARTY IDEAS

We love a lawn party!  This one is particularly tennis focused because we’re obsessed but croquet, badminton and bocce are all lawn games you can play if a tennis court isn’t handy.



1. Attire: People love a reason to get dressed up. We went with a white theme because it reminds us of the of The Great Gatsby era which inspires our collection; plus it was Wimbledon finals.



2. Catering: It’s easy to get carried away with gimmicks but we tried to limit it to just a few. Keep the appetizers classic then play with the serving platters and presentation. Golf tees as toothpicks, vintage tennis racket servers and sweat band koozies are fun and had a purpose.



3. Specialty cocktails: A satellite bar is always appreciated, especially when lines get long at the main bar. For our launch party we partnered with our favorite wine shop in Wainscott and served their signature Rose. We featured our Hedgerose collection nearby to echo the color scheme at the table. It was primely placed at the entrance to the party, pre-poured and self serve which is comforting to folks when they get jammed up saying hello to people upon entering and can’t get to the main bar soon enough! At least this way it’s in view and the drool is manageable.



4. Flowers: It’s always nice to work with local specimen. We echoed what was growing in the garden not only because it was abundant, cost efficient and set the white theme off nicely. We used white tennis balls made for grass courts to block the stems and offer a nice base to keep them in place.



5. Swag: Everyone loves free stuff. Keeping with the white theme and echoing the margarita koozie the wristbands were dual purpose. We made monogrammed wrist bands for all the guests. Other gifts could be signature golf tees, baseball hats with the date of the party and a fun iconic logo so people who were there can remember it and say they were “there”.



A special thank you to Hamptons Cottages & Gardens who published this in their Labor Day issue 2016. All photographs taken by Doug Young. To see the story online

http://www.cottages-gardens.com/Hamptons-Cottages-Gardens/September-2016/Antonia-DiPaolo-Meagan-Ouderkirk-Hedge-Tennis-Golf-Sportswear-Cocktail-Party/


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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Hedge is pleased to announce our partnership with Grand Slam Tennis Tours!

Press Release

Stowe, VT (February 28th 2017) - Global tennis tourism company Grand Slam Tennis Tours has announced Hamptons-based fashion outfit Hedge-Quarters as the apparel partner of their 2017 Wimbledon Hospitality House, which is open from July 3rd-17th. The partnership, which includes an on-site presence in London during the Wimbledon fortnight and fashion activations around the Wimbledon tennis event, was created to place Hedge-Quarters designs in a natural context for its line of court-and-course apparel.

Grand Slam Tennis Tours, which specializes in high-end tennis travel experiences, operates their Hospitality House in a private home in Wimbledon Park, where they host clients each morning to enjoy brunch prepared by a private chef, to collect their Wimbledon tickets and to relax around the property’s tiered English garden before walking to tennis at the All-England Club. New for 2017, the Grand Slam Tennis Staff will wear Hedge clothing and Hedge will feature prominently in the private events hosted at the HH throughout the two weeks, which include several appearances by professional tennis players and a July 3rd launch party for trending tennis magazine, Racquet. If so inclined, guests will be able to purchase a dress, change at the house, and walk to Centre Court in their brand new attire.

“When you look at our Wimbledon guests you see that they spend time at some of the finest tennis and golf clubs around the world. They appreciate fashion and they demand quality in all aspects of their lives,” explains Andrew Chmura, president of Grand Slam Tennis Tours. “When considering an apparel partner for our Hospitality House we knew it had to be a strong cultural fit for Wimbledon and a brand whose designs and clothing are made to the standards of our clients. In Hedge, we found precisely that and we couldn’t be happier.”

“It is a dream come true to be featured at Wimbledon among the guests and players we created the collection for. Tennis has an elegant history and we have a deep respect for the tradition of the game. When we designed the first collection we began with all white because our choices there were so limited. Our goal is to take the classics and add the edge of modern elegance and feminity. Today, most women are very busy and tend to stay in their exercise clothes all day. In Hedge, you can look beautiful on and off the court. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, we just wanted to get back to the days of the white wall tire.”

For more information, visit www.grandslamtennistours.com.

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Hedge At Any Age

Hedge At Any Age

When we created this collection we had in mind our friends, our family and ourselves. We play in tournaments and clinics with women of all ages. Some of the 70 year olds we play against are the fiercest! Our goal is for these women to be confident in their bodies by looking beautiful so they play their best game. However you might decide to wear it, we know you'll wear it well. Please share your looks with us on Instagram and #hedge.

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Layers

Layers

It's bloody freezing. You might be playing tennis indoors, but you still have to get to the courts. These are a few of our favorite ways to stay chic and not geek:


1. Leg Warmers: We are obsessed right now....you can pull them right over your shoes! Cashmere are breathable and washable. I found a fab pair at The Julliard School in New York City. *Dancer tip…they visually extend the leg-especially if you tuck them under the heel. Figure skaters use them too.


2. Hedge Ellis Cardigan: This timeless sweater is cashmere. It’s extra long and keeps your bottom a touch warmer.


3. Chic Scarf: Alexander McQueen gets it right every time. Skull & Crossbones are still cool and this one is done feminine with our signature Hedgerose Pink


4. Pom Pom hats: Available in a million colors, these hats are a great way to show a little flair, trend and personality without a major investment in a wardrobe piece.


5. Hedge Darrow Boxpleat Skirt: This classic skirt goes with everything. We specifically didn’t attach the ball shorts because we like to layer leggings underneath without an extra pesky puffy waistline layer. You can still wear the leg warmers on top.

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