If you missed last night’s evening for jockey karaoke to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, you missed one of the most fun nights of the summer…and my karaoke début, which I don’t think was a complete embarrassment. But I could be wrong about that.
Don’t miss out on these upcoming opportunities to do good and have fun…just two more weeks left in this splendid Saratoga summer!
Tuesday, August 23: The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present “La Fiesta” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. behind the Jockey Recreation Center at Saratoga Race Course’s Oklahoma Training Track. The event celebrates backstretch culture and is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from El Mariachi Restaurant; the event will feature live music, and come ready to dance! Traditional crafts and piñatas will be available for kids.
Support for “La Fiesta” was provided by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson.
Also tonight, the Grey Gelding restaurant on Broadway is hosting a Cigar Dinner to benefit Old Friends at Cabin Creek. There will be a silent auction and a raffle, and the press release says that the evening will feature Cigar…not quite sure what that means, but you can partake of appetizers and entrées, wine and liqueur tastings, and cigars. Your $125 will get you cigars, “elite food stations,” tax, gratuity, and open bar for the first hour.
Contact Habana Cigars at 518 690 2222 for more information.
Wednesday, August 24: Join the Belmont Child Care Association for a country fair to benefit the children of the backstretch workers. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30, followed by dinner and a live auction. The event takes place at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. Contact the BCCA for tickets and more information. Tickets, which are $250, are still available.
This event is tremendously fun for a lot of reasons (and yeah, of course, I’m biased). There are hundreds of silent auctions available at all price levels, so regardless of your budget, you can find something to take home.
You get to wear jeans if you want…no dress-up for this event!
D. Wayne Lukas is the auctioneer, and the jockeys are spotters.
And of course, you’re supporting the children of backstretch workers, helping to provide low-cost child care every single day of the year, beginning at 5 a.m. You can purchase books for the library, pay for a week’s tuition, or contribute to supplies.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, August 25: Come to the track for evening cocktails and the 11th annual Travers Celebration. This used to be a big-deal formal party; this year, it’s a “lavish outdoor cocktail party” with “exquisite food stations and beverage offerings,” live music, dancing, and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $175 per person, but if you’re under 30, you can get your ticket for $125 (will they check ID? I’m off for a little Botox, I think…). Proceeds benefit the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T) and the Times Union Hope Fund. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at (518) 383-6183 or online.
Friday, August 26: Beer and the race track: two great tastes that go great together! Come to the backyard for the 14th annual Battle of the Brews. The festival will feature some of the best microbrewery beers in the area with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter. For ticket information, call 518-792-6545.
Monday, August 29: Backstretch Appreciation Day at the track, hosted by NYRA and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, will celebrate the efforts of more than 125 volunteers who dedicate their time to serving the health, social and spiritual needs of backstretch workers during the Saratoga meet. Volunteers from the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T), the Racetrack Chaplaincy and the Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council will be recognized and honored with a named race and trophy presentation.
Saratoga National hosts the fourth annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic, bringing together coaches and community members to support the fight against cancer.
Cost of golf includes breakfast for morning golfers, lunch, a track special, and dinner. If you’d like to skip the golf and just join for cocktails and dinner, the cost is $65.
Visit the event’s website for more information.