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Collier's 'Night at Races' to benefit trail

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A derby-themed event in Collier Township on Friday night is raising money to provide residents with a multipurpose trail through the township's parks.

The township parks and recreation board is hosting a “Night at the Races Collier Derby” gala event, with the proceeds going to what has been named the Discovery Path.

“Specifically for this particular event, we're raising money for the Discovery Path — walking, hiking and biking trails throughout Collier,” said Gail Neustadt, vice president of the parks and recreation board and chairwoman of the Friends of Collier Parks and Recreation.

The night kicks off at 6:30 at Nevillewood with appetizers and will include a silent auction, door prizes and roving minstrels. Dinner is at 7 p.m.

“It's going to be a lot of fun,” Neustadt said.

Women, she said, are encouraged to wear their best derby hats.

After dinner, the races begin.

The races will be shown on film by Rotunda Race Films, which provides the film and does the announcing. There will be 10 races, with 10 horses in each race.

Attendees were able to “buy” a horse to bet on for $20 upon making reservations. Winners receive half of what their horse brings in.

Friends of Collier Parks and Recreation board member Bonnie Zawilla said “night at the races” events are popular in this area.

“We actually went to some sponsored by ... schools,” she said. “That how we learned how they run.”

She said the event will provide a big boost in funds for the trail.

“This is a lot of money we're raising for the Collier Discovery Path,” she said. “We're donating all of the proceeds to them.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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