Thank You for Your Generous Support! Backstretch
No Foolin! The April 1 Backstretch Clubhouse and Casino Night was a huge success, netting over $26,000 for the Learning Center located in the barn area at Emerald Downs. About 170 people packed the Emerald Room at Emerald Downs to play blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps and bid on over 160 items. Thanks to the generosity of 25 sponsors and several others that gave direct donations, all revenue from the auction plus a portion of ticket sales went directly to the child care center.
The auction committee, chaired by WTBOA and Washington HBPA Board Member Karla Laird, was totally amazed by the support of the racing and child care center community.
“The number of people that volunteered to help and vast amount of donated items that appeared in such a short time span was unbelievable,” said Laird, who also spent numerous hours cataloging and organizing the event.
Volunteers for the event were numerous and included horsemen, WHRC staff, Backstretch Clubhouse staff, Washington HBPA staff, and friends and family of the center.
Those that attended also came from a variety of connections. Although many had ties to Emerald Downs, others that supported the event were race fans or fans of a particular child that attended the center. All seemed to be having a great time gambling with “fun money” and bidding on a plethora of great auction items.
The Backstretch Clubhouse is one of very few childcare centers that offers a sliding scale fee schedule based on a families financial need. Further, all Thoroughbred racing industry participant families receive a discount off the already “lowest fees in the area” for a Washington State licensed childcare facility. Money raised by the April 1 event will help make up the difference of what it costs to care for the children and what is actually charged. The funds raised will also help pay for state-required “non drop side” cribs, preschool curriculum, and a new vacuum cleaner!
The Auction Committee (Karla Laird, Lanna Allen, Kathy Coffey, Jack Hodge, and MaryAnn O’Connell) , the Backstretch Clubhouse Director (Mackenzie Noble), her staff, and all the kids wish to express their gratitude to the multitudes of people and businesses that made the Backstretch Clubhouse Casino Night and Auction such a fun and profitable event.
The following is a list of sponsors and cash contributors to Backstretch Clubhouse and Casino Night: Marshall & Lanna Allen; Vern and Jan Baze; Carlos Cerna; Cats Creek – Paris, KY; Junior & Kathy Coffey; Ron & Wanda Crockett; El Dorado Farms; Emerald Downs; Grasshopper Stables; Jim Gentry; Greg Green; Dr. Bud & Pat Hallowell; Max Hanna; Harwood Thoroughbreds; Jack & Kitty Jones; Stacy Kanda; Karla & Chuck Laird; Pat And Carol LePley; Margo Lloyd; Andy Maib; Ron & Debbie Maus; Kristen Nelson; New Way Leasing; Mackenzie & Jeff Noble; MaryAnn O'Connell; Debbie & Rick Pabst; Chris Randall; Al & Sharimae Rossi; Bill & Nancy Rowe; Savario Farms; Sue & Tim Spooner; Sports Horse Medicine; Vic-tory Stables; Wayne and Geraldine Wenzel; Washington HBPA – Trust; and Washington Thoroughbred Foundation.
Auction item contributors were: Adrian Buchan, Emerald Downs; Andy Maib & Bonnie Jenne; Angelo's of Burien; Annette Betcher; Anonymous; Ashli Canas - 35th Pl Photo; Backstretch Clubhouse & Staff; Backstretch Clubhouse Kids; Batterman Family; Bill & Nancy Rowe; Bistro Baffi, Seahurst, WA; Blood Horse Publications; Bob Rondeau; Bonnie Baze; Camp Berachah; Carol and Pat LePlay; Chuck Laird; Country Farm and Feed-Enumclaw; Dan Lewis – KOMO Television; Darrel Quinn; David Pasillas; Dawn Boyle; Del’s Feed; Dino Apostolou; Dover Saddlery; Dr. Bud Hallowell; Dr. Donald Turner, Optometrist; Dr. Greg Summers, Federal Way; Duane Hammamura; El Dorado Farms; Emerald Downs; Eric and Robin Schweiger; Erica Nordean; Falls Terrace Restaurant – Ralph Lund; Fred Stone; George & Linda Axtell; Gift Horse at Emerald Downs; Hairmasters; Hastings Race Course; Helen Day; Horse Power Feed; Iron Horse; Jack & Glenda Bullock & Reber Ranch; Jack & Teresa Hodge; Jack Fabulich – Peterson Cheese; Jan & Vern Baze; Jeff & Mackenzie Noble; Jessica Driskell Phiel; Jill Haynes- Innventures; Joe & Sally Steiner –Quarterchute Café; Joe Withee; John Deere Corporation; Kama’aina Fashions; Kandee Jennings; Karla Laird; Kathy Coffey; Kathy Riley; Kentucky HBPA; Kim Wales; Lanna & Marshall Allen; Laura Plato – National HBPA; Lazy K Tack; Lee’s Martial Arts; M. Anne Sweet; Marci Jewelry; Marleen & Kenny Alhadeff; Marlene Spencer; Marriott Hotel – Portland Riverside; MaryAnn O’Connell; Maude Kelleher; Max Hanna; NTRA; Pam Parker; Paul & Lori Heist – Tacoma Boys Grocery; Reber Ranch, Country Farm & Feed; Reed & Erin Palmer; Rhonda & Michael Fierstein; Rich O’Connell - Heritage Farm; Richard & Dixie Hitchcock; Richard Reidel-Kentucky Health & Welfare Fund; Robbie Baze; Ron & Debbie Maus; Ron & Rosalie Warren; Rottles – Auburn; Seattle Agility Center Shannon Larson; Susan Martin – The Jockey Club; Sylvia McCready; Taketa Framing, Vancouver; Terry & Mary Lou Griffin; The Horse Magazine; Three Chimneys Farm, Lexington; Tim & Sue Spooner; Tina Easter – Metlife Home Loans, Federal Way; Toro - Steve Anderson, Equine Savings; Traber-Bergsma-Simkins Veterinary; Vicki Potter; Washington HBPA; Washington HBPA Trust; WinStar Farms and WTBOA.