CHESTER - Jockeys, trainers, owners and employees at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will donate a portion of their earnings today to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern West Virginia as part of Races for Wishes.
The post time for the first race is 7 p.m., and there will be a special presentation in the winner's circle following the fourth race. Make-A-Wish children from Brooke and Hancock counties will attend to cheer on the horsemen who have pledged to "share the power of a wish."
In addition, the proceeds will be presented at the Wish Upon a Star Gala, scheduled for Nov. 17 in Mountaineer's Grande Ballroom. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple.
The holiday-themed event includes a wine-tasting, dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment from Vida the Singing Diva.
Sponsorship opportunities, which include tickets, are still available. The event committee is seeking donations of gifts, certificates and services for auction the night of the event.
Ticket, donation and sponsorship information can be obtained by calling Chair Jana Tetrault at (304) 224-3302.