Auction & Dinner Gala: An Evening at the Races

Evening at the Races poster

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Thanks to all of the sponsors and attendees of An Evening at the Races 2019, more than $17,000 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! Donate a dessert for our dessert sale. Don your biggest, fanciest hat for the Derby-style hat parade and a chance at a prize!

Horse Sponsorship
Florence Neigh-tingale or Tears in Haven? Who’s it gonna be? Experience the thrill of racehorse ownership by buying and naming your horse and jockey by Friday, April 12, 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, you will receive Cochise Bucks as your prize. You can apply these to the cost of auction items you have won.

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 – Dessert Sale

5:15 p.m.       Welcome

5:30 p.m.      Race 1

6 p.m.            Race 2, Dessert Sale Ends

6:30 p.m.     Race 3

7 p.m.           Race 4: Daily Double, Group 1 Bidding Closes

7:30 p.m.      Live Auction

8 p.m.           Race 5: Daily Double, Hat Parade

8:30 p.m.      Race 6

8:40 p.m.      Group 2 Bidding Closes, 50-50 Raffle

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.

Event Sponsor 2019

Herald/Review logoRace 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

Long Realty logo

Fraternal Order of Police Logo


Track Sponsors 2019

Cherry Creek Radio logos


TWN Communications LogoArizona G&T Cooperatives logo

Southwest Gas Logo

Have Health Logo
Stable Sponsors 2019

Big O Tires logo


Benson Hospital Logo

Grand Canyon U logo

The following horses and jockeys have been confirmed as entries at An Evening at the Races. Buy your horses/jockeys for $100 per horse, and email the horse and jockey name to by April 12 in order to get the name into the printed program.

Horse Jockey Owner
Seabiscuit 16 C. Boyd Carla Boyd
Jensen Jakamiah Scott and Tammy Brewer
Apple a Day Executive Linda Benson Hospital
You’re Guilty Judge Tim Eva Dickerson
Stripes Starz BrightStar Care
Tax Deduction Dewsome Good Bruce and Carol Dockter
Slow and Steady Jesus Hoyos Denise Hoyos
Major Threat Glenn Gene and Helen Manring
Big O Legacy Braden “Young Gun” Elwess Big O Tires
C Biscuit and Gravy Howard R Riding MTE LLC
Blue Jeans Dale Gene and Helen Manring
Florence Neigh-tingale  F. Neigh Davis F.A. Davis Company
Lopes Up Thunder Grand Canyon University
Sierra Sue Inky Fingers Bob Strain
It’s a Long Shot Marc-it Conditions Long Realty
Stud Muffin Inky Fingers Jane Strain
Purposeful Retirement Karen Justice Justice Financial
Radio Flyer Scott Gould Cherry Creek Media
Positively Charged Willie Wirehand Arizona G&T Cooperatives
Breaking News Reporter Wick Herald/Review Media
Volts Wagen Sherlock Ohms SSVEC
Surge Protector Max Watts Wi-Power/TWN Communications
Personal Investment Phil Anthropist Ruth Britton
See Diff Run Kara, RN Haven Health of Douglas
Five Star Emily From Dietary Haven Health of Douglas
Tears in Haven Magaly, CNA Haven Health of Douglas
Inna Tightspot Bob N. Weave Southwest Gas
MeeMaw JD Melanie Rottweiler
Will Power Willie Make-A-Diff Battaglia & Roberts
Mane Attraction Mr. Goat Cheese Jennifer Tagaban
Rakin’ in the Bacon Swine Flew Verlyn Fick
CVMC Cares Bob Gomes Canyon Vista Medical Center
Legacy Legion Grant Reiter Legacy Foundation
Nacho Colleen Thrasher Dan Thrasher
CQCH Cares Robert Seamon Copper Queen Community Hospital
Lil Sebastian from Haven Emerson Gooding Haven Health of Sierra Vista

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