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Place your bets: 'Evening at the Races' benefits local high school grads

Louisville no longer has sole claim to the glitz and glamour of Derby Day.

Over-the-top hats, hot horses and mint juleps have made their way to the Cochise College campus in Sierra Vista, with Saturday marking the third celebration of the “Evening at the Races” fundraiser.

Women in extravagant hats and men in stately bowlers will set the tone for an exciting evening of video horse racing, bidding, dinner and an auction, an event that raises money for scholarships for high school graduates from the county.

“An Evening at the Races benefits scholarships for graduating Cochise County High School seniors,” said Denise Hoyos, executive director of the Cochise College Foundation. “This is a really fun event for groups to attend because they can compete against each other while watching the races. We’ve been really pleased with the college and community support, especially our live and silent auctions.”

The ever-popular hat parade is one of the most popular elements of the evening, Hoyos said.

“I expect it’s going to be even bigger and better this year. We’re also going to have two emcees this year, who will make the whole event even more fun than in the past.”

The emcees are Herald/Review Publisher Jennifer Sorensen and Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Martin.

Last year’s event raised more than $11,000 for the Graduating Senior Scholarship Fund, said Hoyos, who invites the community to come and join in a fun night of video horse racing.

“Pick your horse, watch the races and get ready to win,” she said. “Come with a Derby-style hat and join our hat parade for a chance to win a prize. This is a fun event that supports a really great cause, so come on out and join us for a fun evening.”

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