The Franklin News-Post|
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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Photo by Pidge Morgan:
A player during the “Nite at the Races,” sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club, urges on her pick to win during a simulated horse race.
A total of $12,000 to support charitable projects was raised by the Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club's "Nite at the Races" event on Oct. 20 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center.
The event attracted 220 persons.
The four-hour event featured appetizers, a race-themed dinner, eight simulated horse races with "funny" money for betting and a ladies' hat parade.
The ladies' hat parade included 15 competitors with the top three receiving prizes from local sponsors.
Door prizes included more than a dozen gift certificates from local retailers and restaurants, autographed books by local authors and a wicker rocking chair.
Race raffle prizes included lodging and dinner at Hotel Roanoke; 20 rounds of golf at five courses; a two-night stay at Bernard's Landing; a framed African photo by Pidge Morgan; passes at Wintergreen Resort; a framed lake scene photo by Ted Pratt; an $850 gift certificate from Arthurs Jewelers; a gift certificate from Westlake Nursery and Landscaping; and the annual Taste of the Lake prize, which included 17 gift certificates worth $500 at local restaurants.
Charitable beneficiaries will include the club's newest project at Dudley Elementary School, which is weekend packages of food, lunch buddies, and speakers for the Career Cafe; high school scholarships; Tackling Hunger and Nutrition Project; a banquet honoring top local elementary school teachers; Thanksgiving baskets for needy families; and the ongoing worldwide fight to eradicate polio.