Race Nights have proven to be amazingly successful in raising funds for organisations such as Scout Groups, Football Clubs and many such organisations, no other event is so versatile and so much fun
Basically, all you do is bet on one of eight horses and have fun. you bet on a number rather than a horse name, it's as easy as that. Race Nights are classified as a lottery, in other words, it is a game of chance rather than a game of skill, so is not governed by the laws of gambling.
Before any races are shown or the tote opens, the evening begins with an introductory film which sets the scene and explains the rules. Even if the members of your audience have never seen a horse race before they can't fail to understand what's going on. Once the introductory film has finished - all they need to do is to pick a number between one and eight and place their bets on the tote. Once all bets have been placed, the tote is then closed and a race is chosen at random by a member of the audience and shown. When the winner is displayed on screen, the lucky ones collect their winnings minus a percentage to the charity or organisation. The betting then re-opens for the next race and the fun begins all over again.
Make the most of your Race Night by selling the horses in each of the races and having a sponsor for each race
There are 8 horses in every race, in an 8 race evening we suggest that you sell horses in races one to seven leaving the eighth as an auction race. Try to sell these horses to members of your organisation for at least £3 each with the inducement of a prize such as a bottle of wine for the owner who buys the winning horse in each race. The names of the owners and their horses are then printed in personalised race cards which are read out on the night before each race. You may wish to use our race card template. Download our race card template.
A typical example is to sell all horses in seven races for £3 each = (£168). The winning owner of each race receives a bottle of wine. Lets say a good bottle of wine costs £8 leaving you a profit in each race of £16. The total profit from #8 horses in 7 races would be £112 (if sold at £3)
With 8 races you should approach local businesses to sponsor races, either by a cash donation or by donating a prize for the winning owner in each race. The sponsor then has their name printed in the personalised race cards and has their business promoted to your audience on the evening.
The last race of the evening should be an auction race. Auction off the horses to the highest bidder with 50% of the total takings going to the winning owner and 50% to your charity.
(There are many other ways of raising funds including, Raffles, Stand up Bingo, Heads & Tails and Roll the coin etc:)