Auction & Dinner Gala: An Evening at the Races

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Thank you!
Guests and supporters of the 2017 event helped raise $10,000 for scholarships!

Save the Date: An Evening at the Races 2018
Saturday, April 28
Sierra Vista Campus, Student Union

Enjoy an exciting night of video horse racing. It’s thrilling, competitive, and a lot of fun! 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!

Proceeds benefit Cochise College scholarships.

Race Sponsor ($500)

  • 2 tickets to the event
  • Horse owner (name one horse)
  • Logo on screen in between races
  • Less than 5 minute presentation or ad in between races
  • Logo on website and in program above sponsored race
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 150-200 and your logo as a centerpiece.

Stable Sponsorship ($200)

  • 1 ticket to the event
  • Horse owner (name one horse)
  • Provide your own branded giveaways for 150-200 and your logo as a centerpiece

Horse Owner ($100)

  • 1 ticket to the event
  • Name one horse

Auction Donation ($50+)

Provide an item that will be auctioned off during the event.
Donors of items received by March 15 will be entered in a drawing
to become a horse owner

Race Sponsors

The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona

Southwest Gas

Big O Tires logo

Battaglia and Roberts LogoSSVEC Logo
WiPower Internet Logo

Canyon Vista Medical Center logo

Hudbay Minerals Logo

Arizona G&T Logo

Stable Sponsors

DiPeso Realty Logo

Martin Cleaners logo


Thank you to the donors of these fantastic auction items! Some items may be packaged together. The Cochise College Foundation also appreciates the gracious financial support provided by Celia and Arthur Jenkins, Gene and Helen Manring, Daniel and Anne Ortega, Tim and Ruth Quinn, and Robert and Jane Strain.

Kevin and Sharon Alvarado Deluxe breakfast station
Ross and Yolanda Anderson Mata Ortiz pottery
LeSandra Bryan Certificate: six-layer triple chocolate cake
LeSandra Bryan Decorative “welcome” clay roof tiles
Bisbee Council on the Arts & Humanities Bisbee Mining Museum passes, “Going Back to Bisbee” by Richard Shelton
Bisbee Vogue Two nights at The Ironman Suite and Bisbee tour
George Broxton Broxton’s Coffee tumblers, gift card and coffee sticker
Carlson Creek Vineyards Six bottles
Cochise College Facility rental certificate, 2017-2018
Calumet & Arizona Guest House One-night stay
Cochise College Advisors & Counselors Death by Chocolate basket
Cochise College Culinary Arts Faculty & Students French macarons
Cochise College Financial Aid Office Tea for Two
Cochise College Nursing & Health Sciences Faculty and Staff Gardening basket
Cochise College Technology Division Staff Various items from automotive technology, construction technology, culinary arts, welding and others
Cochise College Virtual Campus Faculty and Staff Barbecue basket
Cochise County Fair Association Family Pack: 2017 Fair Admission and Ride Passes
Cook Shack Pistachios Pistachios
Coronado Vineyards Various bottles
Dr. Wendy Davis Pampered Chef baker and wine lovers set
Brenda Farbo Baskets, wine accessories
Maralyce Ferree PanTerra Gallery gift certificate, Bisbee
Randy Fox Western metal art/decor
Ronda Frueauff Framed western horseman picture, wine, tasting and bottle bags
Echoing Hope Ranch A season of fresh, ranch-grown vegetables
Ernie Graves Philabaum Gallery decorative art glass
Sheila DeVoe Heidman Mata Ortiz pottery by Roberto Bañuelos
Sheila DeVoe Heidman Mata Ortiz pottery by Armando Rodriguez
Rod Kass Cafe Roka gift certificate, Bisbee
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Wine, glasses, corkscrew
Dr. Beth Krueger Framed photo: “South of the Border,” San Jose Mountains, Naco, Sonora
Landmark Cafe Gift certificate
Lightning Ridge Cellars Tasting for two, Elgin
Liz Lillard Massage certificate
Liz Lillard Myers-Briggs personality assessment
Martin Cleaners Gift certificates
Maid Rite Feeds Bird feeder and seed
Gene and Helen Manring Lake Tahoe resort get-away, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2017, Marriott’s Timber Lodge, 2 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 6-8
Mattress Firm Coconut bliss pillow
Dr. Joanna and John Michelich Paris porcelain vase
Dr. Joanna and John Michelich La Casita gift certificates (2)
Fred Miller and Anita Fox One-night stay at Copper City Inn, Bisbee
Naked Dog Designs/Lisa Marra Hand-made pendants
O’Brien Racing Two custom team mugs, hero cards
Pace Avenue Take Out, Bisbee Dinner for Two
Judy Perry Hand-painted cap
Philadelphia Bakery Co. of Arizona Black forest cake
Philadelphia Bakery Co. of Arizona Carrot cake
Philadelphia Bakery Co. of Arizona Strawberry shortcake
Adam Puckle The Cafe gift certificate, Sonoita
Barbara Richardson Autographed JA Jance novel, Mi Casa gift certificate, Benson
Kris Saathoff Tin/acrylic Our Lady of Guadalupe
Irene Semeniuk Stained glass buffalo
Irene Semeniuk Stained glass hanging/decor
Sierra Cycles Basic Rider Course
Sierra Vista Woman’s Club Cinco de Mayo basket
Smart Look Salon/Michael Ollis Gift certificate
Southeast Arizona Health Education Center Wine and chocolate basket
Timeless Therapeutic Day Spa Gift certificate
Tombstone Brewing Company Gift certificates
Tucson Speedway Two ride-along passes, four VIP tickets, two speedway shirts
Dr. Mark von Destinon and Laura Hillenbrand Author-signed copies, “Seabiscuit” and “Unbroken”
We Frame It Kids Einstein basket


Join the following guests at An Evening at the Races.

Justin Allen*, Randy and Michelle Anderson, Amanda Ballie, Mark Battaglia and Kathleen Crawford, Kathleen Benyak, Rose Berumen*, Joe and Ruth Britton, Eric Brooks and Mindy Lee, LeSandra Bryan, Janet Cramer*, Bowie and Jayme Clemons, Marguerite Conners, Jim and Danielle Creason, Dr. Wendy Davis*, Andi DeBellis*, Frank and Lori Dykstra, Sheila DeVoe Heidman, Tom and Gail Edwards, Dustin and Jeaniece Elwess, Karen Emmer* and Ken Anderson*, Dr. Verlyn* and Sue Fick, Tony and Karolyn Garcia, Jeanne Giuffrida and guest, Daniel Gordon*, Ernie and Mellie Graves, Michael Groves and guest, Jan Guy (’76), Mac Harlan, Bruce Holmblade, Bryan Homrighausen*, Sean and Lori Hornaday, Denise Hoyos,* Karen Justice, Ray Klunb, Rebekah Knaub, Dr. Beth Krueger, Bill and Jennifer Lakosil*, Patty Leyva*, Melissa Mack and Bruce Wertz, Lee and Judi Mancini, Matt and Robyn Martin*, Regina Massich, Michele McCollum, Dr. Joanna (’68) and John Michelich, Dusty Miller, Kyle and Jean Molloy, Frank and Tami Moro, Dr. Karen Nicodemus, Dawn Nuetzel*, Jesus and Elsa Obregon, Daniel (’82) and Anne Ortega, Julie Phipps, Glenn and Malissa Ress, Barbara Richardson*, Dr. J.D.* and Melanie Rottweiler, Monika Patience, Glenn and Malissa Ress, Kris Saathoff and Jim Horn, LaMont* and Heidi Schiers, Gil Schwantes, Sheila Selby*, Gary and Ginger Shreve, Robert and Jane Strain, David and Laura Studard, Bruce Syrett, Bill and Sandy Thomas, Coleen Thrasher*, Allen and Mary Tieman, Susanne Trimbath, Dr. Mark von Destinon and John Maisch, Rosemary von Destinon, Margo Wallenberg, Jenn Wantz*, Nate Weisensel, Crystal Wheeler*

*Volunteer or member of the planning committee.

Prepared by A’viands.

Carving station featuring Roasted Turkey, Peppercorn-Crusted Beef, and Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Accompanied by Cranberry Mayo, Basil Aioli, Creamed Horseradish and Stone-Ground Mustard

Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños Wrapped in Bacon

Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Fruit Kabobs with a  Cinnamon and  Honey Yogurt Sauce

Bruschetta with Grilled Pita and Crostini

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Mini Meatballs: Swedish and Marinara

Each ticket comes with 10 Cochise Bucks to be used on your favorite horses and to help pay for auction items. Additional Cochise Bucks can be purchased for $.50 each.

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

8:30 p.m.      Race 6

8:45 p.m.      Silent auction closes, winners announced.