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 2018
Saturday, April 21
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!

Tickets: $75 each
Includes dinner, 50 Cochise Bucks to use for racing and specialty items, and commemorative mint julep cup.

Horse Sponsorship
Super Glue or Bacon and Leggs? Who’s it gonna be? The race program has gone to print, but you can still experience the thrill of racehorse ownership by claiming a horse at the event.

Proceeds benefit the Graduating Senior Scholarship Guarantee.

Race Sponsors 2018

The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona
Battaglia and Roberts Logo

Canyon Vista Medical Center logo
Southwest Gas logo
Long Realty logo
Hudbay Minerals Logo


Track Sponsors 2018

Arizona G&T Cooperatives logo
SSVEC logo

Cherry Creek Radio logosWi-Power logo

Stable Sponsors 2018

DiPeso Realty Logo

Big O Tires logo

Copper Queen Community Hospital logo

Anticipated Guests: Ross and Yolanda Anderson, Mark Battaglia, Alan and Lizette Biel, Jack and Sabrina Blair, Carla Boyd, Ruth Britton, Kathleen Buonocore, Jean Carol “Mellie” Carlisle, Margaret Foley Case, Marcas and Noelle Coates, Kathleen Crawford, Dave (’73) and Melissa DiPeso, Pat and Ann English, Dr. Verlyn and Sue Fick, Kessa Rottweiler Flake, Tony and Karolyn Garcia, Dave and Midge Grieshop, Jan Guy (’76), BJ Jeffrey (’00), Karen Justice, Lee and Carol Knaeble, Lanny and Mary Ellen Kope, Teresa Laeding, Kris Laeding, Bill and Jennifer Lakosil, Eric and Danielle Larsen, Lee (’93) and Judy Mancini, Gene and Helen Manring, Matt and Robyn Martin, Barbara McCartney, Michele McCollum and Derek Jordan, Cheryl Mead (’94), Dr. Joanna (’68) and John Michelich, Sarah Morgan, Frank and Tammy Moro, Dennis Nelson, Dr. Karen Nicodemus, Monika Patience, Dr. JD and Melanie Rottweiler, Eugene and Carolyn Schmall, Pamela Sheean, Dr. Mary Lee Shelden, Rick Shelley and Dana Cole, Eric and Jennifer Sorenson, Bob and Jane Strain, Susanne Trimbath, Dr. Mark von Destinon and John Maisch, JD Wallace, Bryan Wheeler (’10), Margo Wollenberg.

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

Each ticket includes dinner, a commemorative mint julep cup, and 50 Cochise Bucks. Cochise Bucks are fake money to be used on your favorite horses. Leftover bucks can be exchanged for specialty items at the Cochise Store. Some items may be available for purchase with cash or credit card.

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.

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; Dessert Auction Closes

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.

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

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

Prepared by A’viands.

Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce

Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Chinese Hot Mustard and Sweet Chili Dip

Bruschetta with Basil, Peaches, and Cranberries tossed in Olive Oil and White Balsamic Over Cream Cheese Spread on Crostini

Cucumber, Jicama, Honey Dew and Mango in a Tamarind Chamoy

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Chutney

Jalapeños Wrapped in Bacon, Cream Cheese or Chorizo Stuffing

Crab- and Vegetarian-Stuffed Mushrooms

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Cheese and Cracker Platter

Strawberry Shortcake Mini Shooters

Chocolate Mousse Mini Shooters

Fruit Cascade with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Potential sponsors may contact Denise Hoyos, 520-417-4148, You also can commit to and pay for a sponsorship by completing the sponsorship form. Final sponsor deadline is March 16, 2018 or when slots are filled.

Race Sponsor ($1,000)

  • 2 tickets to the event
  • 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 6, 2018
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 200 event participants; deliver to Jenn Wantz,, by Friday, April 13, 2018.

Track Sponsorship ($500)

  • 1 ticket to the event
  • Horse owner (name one horse and jockey); print deadline Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Publicity in all planned media, including logo on website and listing in program; print deadline Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 200 event guests; deliver to Jenn Wantz,, but Friday, April 13, 2018.

Stable Sponsorship ($250)

  • 1 ticket to the event
  • Name a horse/jockey in the program; print deadline Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 200 event guests; deliver to Jenn Wantz,, but Friday, April 13, 2018.

Horse Owner ($100)

  • Name one horse/jockey in the program; print deadline Friday, April 6, 2018.

Auction Donation ($50+)

Provide an item that will be auctioned off during the event.
Donors of items received by March 16 will be entered in a drawing
to become a horse owner