Race Night Nets Big Bucks For St. Mark Programs

I have to say, the St. Mark School “Night at the Races” event definitely has a place in my heart as one of the cooler community events in Sheepshead Bay. And no, it’s not just because I was drunk as a skunk.

The event took place this past Saturday in the school’s gymnasium, where more than 200 people sat at fold-out tables covered in food and drinks brought from home. Most people came in large parties – but I came with two friends and found a nice table right in the center of the room.

We were joined by three of the coolest little old ladies this side of Nevada. We gambled and lost – over and over – while the three little ladies won – over and over – and rubbed it in our faces. My friends and I wolfed down a couple of pitchers and roast beef sandwiches, and yelled exaggerated cheers and jeers for the galloping horses on the screen. I had a knack for giving up before the race ended, tearing up my ticket and tossing it in the air, just to watch my horse make a return (never actually winning, though. And thankfully so – that would’ve put a damper on my spirits.).

The event raised around $4,500 for the school and the sports program, but they’re still in need of a new scoreboard and equipment – so keep an ear out for the next fundraiser!

Sorry, no photos of the event. I think everyone was having too good of a time to remember to play shutterbug!

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