HOLTVILLEÂ – Â And they are off! Â A day at the track in Holtville meant coming to the Swiss Club Saturday eveningÂ to enjoy “Derby Days,” a Holtville Boys and Girls Club fundraiser.Â Using pre-recorded horse races, participants placed bids before the race for two dollars per ticket, then cheered on their favorite steed.
Those attending had the option of bidding to “buy” specific horses from each race, or just betting on the races. Winners were awarded larger prizes such as a television, a bike, gift cards and hunting packages.
Money raised at the event will support the Holtville club located at St. Paul Lutheran Church which opened in June 2014.
â€œThis is an organization Iâ€™m extremely passionate about,â€ said Boys and Girls Club volunteer, Alisha Stewart, â€œthey are vital to our community.â€
â€œI am really excited about having a Boys and Girls Club in our town,â€ said Advisory Committee Chairman Molly Johnson. â€œI want to make a difference in the lives of the children of Holtville.â€
The Holtville Club has contributed 500 hours of community service since the beginning of this year, according to Johnson.
The club implements five core programs: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, and fitness and recreation.
The Boys and Girls Club of Holtville has received a grant of $50,000 that, per the policy of the Boys and Girls Clubs, has to be matched by the community over the following two years, according to Executive Director Sara Sanders.
The community of Holtville has already raised roughly half of the $50,000 requirement, all in less than one year.
â€œWeâ€™re striving for more clubs in the Imperial Valley,” said Lori Young, vice president of the club. “At this point, we have three that weâ€™re proud of, and we strive to serve as many youth as possible, implementing our core programs.â€