Auction & Dinner Gala: An Evening at the Races

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Thanks to all of the sponsors and attendees of An Evening at the Races 2018, more than $11,000 was raised to support the Graduating Senior Scholarship Guarantee!

An Evening at the Races 2019

Saturday, April 27 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sierra Vista Campus, Student Union

Enjoy an exciting night of video horse racing. Pick your horse, watch them race and get ready to win big! Don your biggest, fanciest hat for the Derby-style hat parade and a chance at a prize!

Horse Sponsorship
Super Glue or Bacon and Leggs? Who’s it gonna be? Experience the thrill of racehorse ownership by buying and naming your horse and jockey by Friday, April 5, 2019.

Proceeds benefit the Graduating Senior Scholarship Guarantee.


This is the third year of Cochise College’s video horse racing fundraiser. Guests have a wonderful time, but things might be confusing for the uninitiated.

Guests will use Cochise Bucks for the event. Cochise Bucks are fake money to be used on your favorite horses. If your horse wins, will receive Cochise Bucks as your prize.

A limited selection of alcohol, including wine, beer, mint juleps and two other specialty drinks will be available. Tickets for alcohol can be purchased at the ticket booth and then turned in at the bar.

An auction will include a variety of donated items for which high bidders can pay with cash or credit card at the conclusion of the auction.

Sample evening:

5 p.m.          Reception – Cash Bar – Silent Auction Browsing – Menu Served – Betting Windows Open – Photo Opps until 7 p.m.

6 p.m.          Race 1

6:30 p.m.     Race 2 and Hat Parade (winner gets 50 Cochise Bucks)

7 p.m.           Race 3

7:30 p.m.      Race 4: Daily Double

8 p.m.           Race 5: Daily Double

8:15 p.m.      Silent Auction Closes

8:30 p.m.      Race 6

8:45 p.m.      Silent Auction Winners Announced

A variety of sponsorship levels are available, from owning a horse to sponsoring a race. Potential sponsors may contact Eva Dickerson, 520-515-3690, You also can commit to and pay for a sponsorship by completing the sponsorship form. Final sponsor deadline is March 15, 2019 or when slots are filled.

Race Sponsor ($1,000)

  • 6 event meal bracelets
  • Logo on screen in between races
  • Banner announcing your sponsorship to hang at business in advance of event
  • Publicity in all planned media, including logo on website and in program above sponsored race
  • Horse owner (name one horse and jockey); print deadline Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 200 event participants; deliver to Jenn Wantz,, by Friday, April 19, 2019.

Track Sponsorship ($500)

  • 3 event meal bracelets
  • Horse owner (name one horse and jockey); print deadline Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Publicity in all planned media, including logo on website and listing in program; print deadline Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 200 event guests; deliver to Jenn Wantz,, but Friday, April 19, 2019.

Stable Sponsorship ($250)

  • 2 event meal bracelets
  • Name a horse/jockey in the program; print deadline Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 200 event guests; deliver to Jenn Wantz,, but Friday, April 19, 2019.

Horse Owner ($100)

  • Name one horse/jockey in the program; print deadline Friday, April 5, 2019.

Auction Donation ($50+)

Provide an item that will be auctioned off during the event.

Silent Auction

Suggested Value: $50-$150
Examples: Themed baskets, gift cards, event tickets, etc.

Live Auction
Suggested Value: $300 or more
Examples: Travel, electronics, home decor

Auction items accepted at the discretion of the foundation.

Race Sponsors 2019

Justice Financial Logo

The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona

Canyon Vista Medical Center logo

Battaglia and Roberts Logo


Copper Queen Community Hospital logo

Track Sponsors 2019

Cherry Creek Radio logos

SSVEC logo

Wi-Power logo
Stable Sponsors 2019

Big O Tires logo


Benson Hospital Logo

Thank you to the donors of these fantastic items contributed for the 2018 event!

Apache Nitrogen Apache Powder dynamite box
Arizona Public Service Four tickets to performance of your choice: Music of John Williams (Phoenix Symphony), The Humans (ASU Gammage), or Little Shop of Horrors (Phoenix Theatre Co.)
Bisbee Vogue Bisbee Stair Climb Registration and Basket
Eric Brooks/ProTech Scuba Scuba lessons
Calumet & Arizona Guest House One-night stay
Arturo Chacon Mata Ortiz pottery by Elisa Teran
Cochise College Advising Gift card collage
Cochise College Benson and Willcox Center Staff Farm & Ranch Basket
Cook Shack Pistachios Pistachios
Coronado Vineyards Assorted wines
Fly Cochise 30-minute discovery flight
Randy Fox Handmade decorative metal wall art
Ernie Graves  Philabaum Gallery decorative art glass
Midge Grieshop Turquoise chip necklace
Jan Guy Filigree gift basket, assorted bath and body items
Judy Perry Hand-painted red Cochise College ball cap
Dr. Dan Rehurek Oregon myrtlewood salad bowl with teak tongs (handmade by the donor)
Sierra Vista Ballroom Dance Certificate for ballroom dance lessons
Tombstone Brewing Company IPA brewed for An Evening at the Races
Tucson Speedway Raceway admission passes and logo items
Turf Paradise VIP Turf Club Admission and Table Charge for Four
Mike and Jenn Wantz Pallet wine racks

The following horses and jockeys have been confirmed as entries at An Evening at the Races. Name your horses/jockeys for $100 per horse by April 6 in order to get the name into the printed program.

Horse Jockey Owner
Bacon and Legs Curly Grabentail Sue Fick
Bigfoot Brayden Elwess Big O Tires
Breaking News Paperboy Herald/Review Media
Bring It Home Charlie Parker Moline Dr. Karen Nicodemus
C-Biskit Willie Shoebreaker Margaret “Kentucky” Case
Copper Queen Community Hospital Bisbee Arizona Jim Dickson
Corbin and Carson’s Mr. Lucky Mr. Devin Home in July Melanie Rottweiler
Corona  Jose Cuervo Teresa Laeding
Fleet Foot Ann Pat and Ann English
Ginger Fury Ryan Wantz Mike and Jennifer Wantz
I Don’t Know  Willie B Furst Jennifer and Bill Lakosil
Justice Wins Again Lickity Split Karen Justice
Lord Brewster of Cherry Creek Apple River Cherry Creek Media
Muffin Stud Bob and Jane Strain
One More Run Gus Phoenix Moline Dr. Karen Nicodemus
Pax A Million Red Pollard Frank and Tammy Moro
Positively Charged Willie Wirehand Arizona G&T Cooperatives
Rising Eagle Chief Martin Matt and Robyn Martin
Slow and Steady Eduardo de Cumpas Jesus and Denise Hoyos
Speedin Realty Shoemakers Deal David and Melissa DiPeso
Super Glue JD Dave and Midge Grieshop
Surge Protector Max Watts Wi-Power Internet & Phone
Volts Wagen Sherlock Ohms Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative

2019 Menu

Beer, wine and limited cocktails available for purchase.
Sweet tea, fruit-infused water and coffee included.

Prepared by A’viands.

Slider Bar:
Proteins: Brisket, Grilled Veggies, Grilled Chicken, or Smoked Ham
Rolls: Mini Ciabatta or pretzel slider buns
Toppings: caramelized onions, homemade pickles (regular and spicy), horseradish aioli, whole grain mustard, raspberry chipotle BBQ, Crispy onions, swiss, cheddar and Havarti cheeses
Baked mac-n-cheese with assorted toppings: bacon, green onion, roasted broccoli and grilled chicken
Kale slaw with, broccoli, carrots, cranberries and dressing
Grilled vegetables: zucchini, eggplant, squash, tomato, asparagus with balsamic glaze
Buttermilk and chive mashed potatoes
Dessert: Chocolate pecan mini donuts, mint julep cupcakes, bourbon balls, and grilled peaches with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream