On Friday, August 16th, Communities In Schools of Northeastern Nevada will give horse racing fans a thrilling evening of real race action, all for a great cause. As the local affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout prevention program, Communities In Schools of Northeastern Nevada provides students the resources and services they need to be successful in school and stay on track for graduation.
The Seventh Annual A Nite At The Races will be held at The Elko Conference Center, with doors opening at 5:30 PM and post time of 7:00 PM. The races are professionally filmed horse races shown on the big screen, allowing attendees to take in all the action and cheer for their favorites. For those anticipating the live horse races at the Elko County Fairgrounds, A Nite At The Races is a great warm up. It is a wonderful opportunity for race fans to gather with friends and have a fun evening with food, hosted cocktail hour, horse racing, and dancing.
The evening will begin at the will call table. Check in starts at 5:30 PM. There you will receive your race program along with a ticket for each race. Tickets will be used to vote on each of the 8 races throughout the evening. Race winners will have the opportunity to walk away with great prizes. In addition, the event will feature a prize for the best derby attire, multiple drawings throughout the night, a door prize and a silent auction with some exciting destination packages.
CIS is expecting close to 200 supporters at the event. Dreez will be preparing their finest race cuisine. The bar will be stocked by Blach Distributing with a hosted cocktail hour. The DJ will be ready to get the crowd out on the dance floor after the races. And the Selfie Spot will be there to capture your memories on film. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their “Derby Best”, celebrating in true Kentucky Derby style. Anyone wearing Derby attire will be entered in the Best Dressed Contest.
What makes this event so special is the cause that it supports. CIS of Northeastern Nevada supports children in grades K-12, connecting them with vital resources. Families in Elko and the surrounding areas can face challenges in finding and accessing the services they need. CIS works with community partners, businesses, safety-net providers, churches, service groups and agencies to increase access to existing services or create new services. From our WeekEND food packs to clothing, Mental Health services, and academic supports, CIS does whatever it takes to keep children in school. In 2017-2018 CIS sent home over 8,474 backpacks of weekend food with food fragile students in 19 schools in Elko County.
CIS of Northeastern Nevada also reports successful student outcomes for CIS Academy participants in Elko High School, Spring Creek High School, and Adobe Middle School. CIS Academy assists students with Academic Assistance, Life Skills training, College and Career Preparation, tutoring and credit redemption. In 2017-2018, 86% of CIS Academy students improved their academics, while 94% of the CIS Academy 12th grade students graduated.
A Nite At The Races promises to be a thrilling event, combining the excitement of live horse racing action with food, friends, and a festive atmosphere. Ticket prices are $50.00 per person or $75 per couple. For more information and to purchase tickets contact CIS of Northeastern Nevada at 775-738-2783