Local advocates are invited to a horse-racing and raffle fundraiser this weekend benefiting the local LGBT community and people living with HIV in Summit and Portage counties.

The annual Race at the Raffle event is put on by the Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative, also known as CANAPI, a nonprofit based in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. Tickets are $100 per person and include a reverse raffle ticket, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

“Our humanity is the greatest thing about each of us, and also the one thing we are sure to have in common,” said Rebecca Callahan, who heads CANAPI. “Every person has a right to be treated fairly and equally.”

The event features prerecorded horse races. Sponsors could name the horses for $20, but all horse sponsorships are taken. Eventgoers can bet on the races, which are humorously narrated by an announcer.

Other attractions include various raffles. Tickets to enter the event grant reverse raffle tickets, and 50/50 and sideboards are also available. In addition, a silent auction and live auction will provide additional entertainment.

Attendees are encouraged to wear derby outfits. The best outfit will win 50/50 raffle tickets and a secret prize.

Some sponsorships remain for the event. For more information, visit www.canapi.org or call 330-252-1559.

Nick Glunt can be reached at 330-996-3565 or nglunt@thebeaconjournal.com.