Bets are on for ‘A racy affair’

Published 12:01 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Justify was the unexpected winner of the Kentucky Derby Saturday. At J&J Treeland in Prospect, Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) Area Agency on Aging sought to earn a different sort of prize.

A Racy Affair, a fundraiser for PSR in its third year, celebrated the Kentucky Derby while also raising funds for services the organization provides to the elderly in seven counties.

The event commenced with some old fashioned betting on “stone” horses that were provided by Massino’s Cassinos Inc. (though not with real money, as that type of gambling is illegal in Virginia, PSR Executive Director Justine Young said).

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During the race, participants moved the fiberglass horses with wooden bases — who had numbers 1-6 posted on their foreheads — ahead if the dice cast the corresponding numbers.

Joe Massino, president of Massino’s Cassinos Inc., said in a phone interview Monday that the horses were designed by graphic artists from Walt Disney World in 1995.

The event also included casino games provided by Massino’s Cassinos Inc. and raffles where participants could win prizes ranging from a night’s stay at Hotel Weyanoke to a membership at the Southside Virginia Family YMCA, a Yeti Cooler, and a weekend getaway from High Bridge Lodge and Cabins.

A cake made to look like a horse, with a chocolate base and Rice Krispies Treats for the head, was made by Frankie Todt.

Women with wide-brimmed hats and men with seersucker suits floated through the property at J&J Treeland, the weather cool but not bringing rain.

The band Cannon Watson and the Porch Gliders provided music during the event.

The actual Kentucky Derby was streamed live during the fundraiser and projected on a screen behind the tent.

Young said while the final figures have not been counted, the event is expected to clear more than $20,000.

She said the event’s largest sponsors were the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), Navona Hart at Real Living Cornerstone and Haley of Farmville Auto Mall.

Other sponsors included Chris and Jackie Saddler, Southside Electric Cooperative, The Fishin’ Pig, The Farmville Herald, Creative Electrical Contractors, Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Bank & Trust, WVHL, J&J Treeland, United Healthcare/Anthem.

Audrey Sullivan, owner of Red Door 104 Gallery in Farmville, painted a horse that was auctioned during the event.

“It was our most successful yet,” Young said about the event, “and we are very delighted with the results.”