The Stephenville Education Foundation is gearing up for “A Night at the Races” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at, The N at Hardway Ranch, and you’re in luck! There are still individual tickets left for $75 each.

“We do virtual horse racing and of course we can’t do it for real money, but they can buy funny money and that’s what they bet with,” said Education Foundation Executive Director Mindy Wooley.

The Kentucky Derby-inspired event prompts men and women to sport their fanciest outfits and hats to compete in a variety of competitions.

“It’s become bigger and bigger so we do have a hat competition and then we have men and women “mane to tail” competitions (best dressed from head to toe), and new this year will be a couples contest for the best dressed,” Wooley said.

The event will feature raffles for prizes ranging from $100-$400, a BBQ dinner and complimentary drinks.

There will also be a live and silent auction.

“We are fairly well-known for our destination getaways and this year will not disappoint,” said co-chair Suzanne Meyers. “We have several getaway packages, some wonderful and unique opportunities provided by our local business owners and signed memorabilia in both the live and silent auctions.”

There will be a horse and jockey set up out front for photo opportunities before the races begin.

Last year’s event raised nearly $60,000 for the foundation and Wooley has set a personal goal for this year.

“My goal is $100,000. The first year we made $33,000 and then last year we made $60,000,” Wooley said. “So that is my goal for them. I would be happy if we just increased the $60,000 to $80,000 but I always like to go over and above.”

To purchase a ticket or for more information call Wooley at 254-592-1682 or email her at

“On behalf of the Stephenville Education board of directors I would like to thank all those who have purchased tables, individual tickets and have donated wonderful items as well as time to help make our biggest event of the year a continued success,” Wooley said. “The foundation could not continue our mission of providing innovative classroom grants of the SISD students without our wonderful donors and such a giving and supportive community.”