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Press Release – Kentucky Derby Weekend

April 9, 2016, Author: Kevin Robnett

April 6, 2016                                                                From: Debby Welker, President                                                                                                            Angel Fire Rotary Club
For Immediate Release                                              505-428-8023


Angel Fire Rotary Club Plans Kentucky Derby Weekend

Three Days of Activities to Celebrate the Race and Benefit Three Community Programs


Spring is horse racing season and, possibly, the most famous race is the 142nd Kentucky Derby. In conjunction with the race at Churchhill Downs, the Rotary Club of Angel Fire is sponsoring the third annual Kentucky Derby weekend May 6-8.

Tickets for all events may be purchased as singles or at a savings of $15 when bought as part of a $65 Combo Ticket. Tickets are available to order online at or by calling 505-428-8023. Also, tickets will be sold at Lowe’s Valley Market every Friday and Saturday through April or until sold out.

The Lodge at Angel Fire is offering a reduced rate of $105 per night if you register online at: and enter the code RCAF. Donations from event sponsors Alpine Lumber and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, and activity sponsors Angel Fired Pizza, Goodnight Satellite, Lowe’s Market and Pizza Stop along with 20 table sponsors, are helping lower the cost for attendees. If you or your company would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact Trini Bradley at 505-603-4039.

The fun begins with a Trifecta Party, from 6 – 9 pm, Friday, May 6, at Chianti’s in The Lodge at Angel Fire. Come learn about the horses entered in the Kentucky Derby and their odds of winning the race. Games, music, bourbon tasting, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will fill the evening. “We want the community to help us usher in the Spring Season in Angel Fire,” said Bret Wier, weekend chair. The cost is $20 per person or $15 through the combo ticket.

The Trifecta Party will benefit Rotary’s scholarship Fund. One thousand dollar scholarships will be awarded to four outstanding seniors in the Cimarron School District. A new scholarship is dedicated to vocational education, in memory of Don Welker. The other three scholarships are also in memory of Rotarians who were committed community servants and demonstrated Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”: Betty Moon, Bruce Kelly and Wanda Fortlage.

Saturday, May 7, is Race Day, from 2- 6 pm, in the Elements Dining Room at the Angel Fire Country Club. Proceeds from this main event will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region. The single tickets are $40 each or $35 if purchased as part of the combo package.

The highlight of the afternoon will be the live showing of the Derby projected on a large screen in the dining room. The race also will be shown on big screen TVs in the Elements Bar. Post time is 4:25 pm. Before and after the race, described as the most exciting one and a half minutes of horse racing, guests can enjoy discounts on special drinks including mint juleps.

Chef McCaffery is preparing a buffet dinner of bourbon brown sugar ham, honey baked chicken, green chili cheese grits, green salad, corn on the cob and bread pudding with bourbon vanilla sauce. The dinner will be served beginning at 3 pm, in the dining room.

Afternoon activities include games and a photo booth for taking expressive selfies. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. JP Productions, a local favorite, will provide after dinner music for dancing.

During the dinner, guests will have an opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction, and a live auction will follow featuring great bargains and wonderful trips. A popular Trifecta 50/50 raffle will be held with tickets priced a $5 each or five for $20.

A long-standing tradition is the elaborate hats worn by both women and men. All guests are invited to join in the Hat Decorating contest. Most women select large brim hats decorated with flowers, bows, feathers and even flowing veils to compliment their Derby Day fashions. Men’s choices may be the classic summer skimmer, fedoras, cowboy hats or even jockey caps sporting the owner’s colors to match their traditional silk shirts. Prizes will be awarded for Win, Place and Show in women’s and men’s categories.

Finish the weekend in style with brunch, Sunday, May 8, from 10 am to 2 pm at H2 Uptown. The cost is $20 or $15, if purchased as a part of the Combo Ticket. A cash bar will be provided. During the brunch there will be games and a raffle that benefit the Veterans’ Health and Wellness Center.

“We think it will be a weekend of fun for all,” Wier noted. “We encourage the community to come out and help Rotary support these three local projects.”


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