Quality Race Nights for private, charity & fundraising events
Are you looking to organise a fun and exciting event, raising lots for your funds, with minimum hassle for you?
If you are considering a Race Night for your next fundraising event, then look no further. Let us take the hard work out of it and deliver you a professional presentation that will impress your guests and guarantee a quality and fun evening for all. Moonlighting provide this and other entertainment activities to many ‘blue chip’ corporate clients in the UK and abroad. Our standards of equipment and presentation are very high - you will be impressed with what you get for your money - and our Standard Package is just £460.
Making it Pay
We understand that the most important detail of your event will be that you make money for your charity, school or club. We recommend our standard package for numbers of 50 to about 75 people. From 75 upwards you may be able to afford the extended package giving an even more impressive event. For events above 100, please contact us for a quote.
So, work on the principal that if you cover all of your overheads (our fee, venue hire, food costs) within your ticket price and get a reasonable number of people along on the night, then you cannot fail to make a good profit.
top tip: don't make your ticket price too cheap, as people may buy one but then not show up - fine if you know this - but you really need the people there on the night spending additional cash!
"I just wanted to say we had a tremendous night (at the Races) on Friday which was an unqualified success for the Cricket Club coffers! We cleared a £1,700 profit which from a room of only 50 people was pretty good. Jamie was great throughout so please extend my thanks"
Stuart Turner - Rodmarton Cricket Club
To keep the cost down to you, we only provide the minimum of staff. You will need to provide volunteers to take bets throughout the evening - one person per 25-30 guests is ideal. We can provide extra jockey girls in silks, if required, at an additional cost of £75 each. We can also bring along stylish Jockey Silks for your people to wear, at just £5 each (included with the extended package).
The following is an ideal way to sell the event, although exactly how you go about this is, of course, up to you. We are always happy to discuss and advise you on this or any variations or ideas you may have - we want your Race Night to be successful too! Set your ticket price and how many you hope to sell. Also produce horse ownership cards for the first 6 races (48 horses). These can be sold to individuals whether attending or not at say £10 each. Approach local people / businesses and ask them to kindly sponsor one of the 7 Races with a donation or prize to the value of about £40 minimum. In return their name will appear in the Race Card and they receive 2 free tickets for the evening (the more the merrier on the night!). The winning owner in each race is awarded the sponsors prize. On the night we will sell the ownership of each horse in the 7th Race by auction. This can raise a good amount, so keep your best prize for last. You can find a selection of fabulous prizes, should you need to purchase one or two, that sell very well in an auction at www.auction-direct.co.uk
Top Tip: raise up to £880 with a Tri-Cast sweep!
Another great fundraising idea is a Pudding Auction. If you are having a meal, ask several guests to bring along a lovely dessert to serve 8 or 10 people. Then, after dinner, auction the puddings one by one to the highest bidding table. We've been know to get over £100 from a hungry table for a very desirable strawberry cheesecake!
On the night cash bets are placed during the build up to each race at the ‘Tote’. Our Race Cards detail the 8 runners in each race. Bets are placed by horse number and usually with a minimum bet of £1. When all bets are made, the race gets underway. Once the winner is known, all bets are totalled, a deduction is made for the ‘fund’ (normally 30%) and the balance then divided between the number of winning bets on that race, giving a ‘dividend’ return amount for the £1 stake. The dividend is announced and payouts are made.
The amount of profit will depend on guest numbers & their generosity! Based on 75 guests, profit will be made up from Horse Ownership sales (48 @ £10 plus the Auction of Horses in the last race), Tote deductions (say £25 per race) and maybe a Raffle and Bar profit as well? A target of £1000 plus is very realistic. Our fee is fixed no matter how much you make!
We prefer you to book your event date as early as possible. When you are ready with a firm date and venue, we will issue our booking form for you to sign and return, securing our services for that day. If the event cannot go ahead for any reason, we will NOT charge a cancellation fee so long as you let us know at least 21 days prior to the event date. Also, if you book a basic package, subject to availability, you can upgrade to the extended package at any time prior to the event date if your ticket sales make it viable for you to do so.
we also provide fabulous Fun Casino evenings: www.casinonightbymoonlighting.co.uk
for details on our corporate entertainment and quiz shows: www.moonlightinggroup.co.uk
and to find out about our fundraising Auction services: