By Craig Michaels

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert (BBBSD) is proud to announce its 1st Annual “Derby Downs: A Night at the Races” Fundraiser.  This will be a spirited evening of horse races, betting, food, drinks and auction to be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at Toscana Country Club.

Attendees will get all the excitement of hearing the crowds go wild as the horses race to the finish line without ever having to leave the desert. All the races were taped and previously run at several famous race tracks around the United States. While the races have been previously run, no one (including BBBSD) knows the results, as all the races are sealed. Guest will receive programs that match each race showing all necessary betting information. They will also receive fun money to bet with, and authentic betting windows to accept wagers and redeem winning tickets.

Guests choose their favorite horses in each race and make fun-money wagers at the betting windows before each race. At post-time, the betting windows are closed, the race is run and plays out on a large projection screen with high-quality sound, and the results are announced and posted. The betting windows are then re-opened to redeem winning tickets and to accept wagers on the next race. Winning wagers are paid off in fun money. At the end of the evening guests can use their fun money to bid on silent auction prizes. Kelley Moody, who is a Big Sister and morning weather anchor for local CBS news will be the MC for the evening along with Craig Michaels who will also be the DJ.


All proceeds from the event will help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert serve children throughout the Coachella Valley, ages 6 through 18.

“We are thrilled to bring an evening of horse racing and derby style to the Coachella Valley,” said Executive Director Judy May. “What a unique way to support the important work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 760-568-3977

Written By: Craig Michaels Productions
Phone: (760) 880-3848