Another Greyt Reunion

MSGAO thanks all the people and greyhounds who made the 2014 reunion a greyt success!  Humans and dogs got into the steampunk theme:  The League of Extraordinary Greyhounds!  In addition to thanking all the attendees, volunteers and vendors who contributed to a fabulous evening, we also thank Southland Park Gaming & Racing for providing the reunion experience we all shared.  Without Southland we would have no fabulous walk on the track, no fabulous complimentary cocktails and goodies trackside, no fabulous room in which to have our event, and no fabulous food  (and it was yummy). Southland staff are greyt and were a big help in setting up the tables and whatever assistance we needed. Thanks go out to Troy L. Keeping, Shane Bolender and all the folks at Southland for all they do for the greyhounds and MSGAO!Reunion

Unique Items to Be Auctioned at Reunion

The Silent Auction and Live Auctions at this year’s Reunion on Oct. 11 at Southland Park Gaming and Racing will have some of the most unique greyhound items for collectors out there! We have one-of-a-kind art pieces that were created just for this Reunion, and several pieces of furniture that make all of us want to bid. To top that, Ray Wong, a race dog owner, has generously donated the NAMING RIGHTS of two 18-month of female racers!

Buy the rights to name these racers!

Buy the rights to name these racers!

Other Things You Need to Know
ACTIVITIES
Cocktail hour on the track side apron, parade of adopted dogs on the race track, contests and shopping galore with auctions and vendors!

PARKING AND ENTRY
Due to ongoing construction, parking will be different than in previous years. There are two entrances that you and your hounds can use.

The South Entrance, which is the entrance that we have used in the past, is now a temporary entrance to the east of the original entrance. Once you enter, a security guard can guide you to the location of the cocktail hour. Ask for directions to the apron on the track side. Parking will be tight at this entrance, so you may want to use the other entrance available to us.

There is more parking available to the northwest of the building and new construction. It is farther away; however, you can use the entry by the 583 Starting Block. This entrance is through the double gates near the track, and it takes you straight to the track apron. Walk down the apron to the cocktail area for the Reunion.

DETAILS

Time:     5:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)

Place:  Southland Park Gaming and Racing, West Memphis, AR

Dress:   Business casual (or theme-related costume).

Tickets: $25 per adult in advance ($30 at the door), $10 for children

For Your Dog’s Comfort:  A blanket or mat will give your hound a soft place to lie

 

 

Big Events Happening in October

Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option has many events coming up in October.  All of them are important fund-raisers for our mission to rehome retired racing greyhounds.  And they will be a fun time, too!

Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
pokerGreyt Stakes Poker Tournament benefiting MSGAO
Kennel Club at Southland Park Gaming and Racing
$30 buy-in
$20 re-buy
$1,000 prize pool to be divided between 1st, 2nd and 3 places
Spin The Wheel – Great Prizes!

Saturday, Oct. 4, Greyhound 5k Race begins at 9 a.m.5k
5K sponsored by Mid-South Community College & Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Greyhounds and owners walk the course after race begins. Click here for more information and registration: www.greyhound5k.racesonline.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.wafords

Prize Pull Charity Event benefitting MSGAO
Wadfords Bar and Grill, Southaven, MS
$20 prize pull donation. Click here for more information: http://www.wadfordsgrillandbar.com/index.php/upcoming-events

Saturday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. (Dinner at 7:30 p.m.)
The League of Extraordinary Greyhounds
Annual Greyhound Reunion
Southland Park Gaming and Racing
(See details below.)

Generous Donation to MSGAO

Vicki Cohen, MSGAO director, accepts Bill Becker's winnings at the Tractor Supply Co. in West Memphis.

Vicki Cohen, MSGAO director, accepts Bill Becker’s winnings at the Tractor Supply Co. in West Memphis.

Bill Becker, a stalwart on the MSGAO meet and greet circuit, won the grand prize being offered by Tractor Supply Co. at its Paws Event Sept. 20 in West Memphis, Arkansas. MSGAO was meeting and greeting at the store. Bill generously donated the $200 Tractor Supply gift card to MSGAO. Thank you Tractor Supply and THANK YOU Bill!

Back Road to Kennel Is Open, and It Is Nice!

Hallelujah!  The back road to the MSGAO Kennel, accessed from the Southland Drive exit off Interstate 40 heading west from Memphis, is now open. Formerly known as the best friend of the wheel-alignment industry, the road is now smooth as glass.  Longtime adopters will recall slaloming to avoid all the potholes and sinkholes that plagued the road and jostled our greyhounds.

This road is the ramp before Ingram Boulevard from the Memphis direction.  It is one ramp after that if you are coming from Little Rock.

To access this road from Memphis, you take a right off the exit ramp and then make a left at the gas station on the left.  You then go right into the driveway that leads to the kennel.  Those of you coming east from Little Rock will be able to figure it out, we hope!

 

 

Introducing…Harry Houndini!

Come visit the award-winning Harry Houndini and cast your vote for him as the most popular scarecrow on display at the Festival of Scarecrows at Lichterman Nature Center in Memphis! Harry was selected by the judges as the top “critter” scarecrow in the competition, winning a $100 cash prize. Voting in the popularity contest continues through the end of September.

Harry Houndini
A special Stomp in the Swamp event is set for Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring live entertainment, delicious BBQ and the festival of Scarecrows! Tickets are $15 (two for $25 in advance) for adults. Children ages 6–12 can attend for $7 while admission is free for kids under 5. Tickets may be purchased at the Pink Palace Museum and Lichterman Nature Center.

MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen accepts a $100 prize for Harry Houndini.

MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen accepts a $100 prize for Harry Houndini!


Live entertainment will be provided by Aron Shires. Children’s activities are also on tap, along with a silent auction, crafts and gift certificates to local restaurants.

The scarecrows will be on display through 4 p.m. Sept. 28.

Harry was creatively crafted by MSGAO’s Adam Loeffel and MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen. Pictured with Vicki is Andy Williams, manager of Lichterman Nature Center.

The League of Extraordinary Greyhounds

Consider yourself a member of an exclusive group: The League of Extraordinary Greyhounds! Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option will be celebrating its extraordinary greyhounds and their adopters at the 2014 annual reunion at Southland Park Gaming and Racing.
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The theme evokes a Steampunk vibe, and attendees are encouraged to dress themselves and their dogs in keeping with this fun concept. We can’t wait to see what people will come up with!

For those unfamiliar with the term, Steampunk is a science-fiction niche that centers on steam-powered machinery, generally with a Victorian or post-apocalyptic twist. If you’ve seen “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” or the “Wild Wild West” flick from a few years back, you’ll get the idea.

The celebration is set for Oct. 11, 2014, at Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas. Here are the things you need to know:
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)
Dress: Business casual (or theme-related costume).
Tickets: $25 per adult in advance ($30 at the door), $10 for children
RSVP: By using the form below or calling (870) 735-7317
Activities: Cocktail hour, parade of adopted dogs on the race track, contests and shopping galore with auctions and vendors!
Entry/Parking: Due to ongoing construction, parking will be different than in previous years. Maps will be posted when they become available.
Registration: A form is provided in an announcement below. If you are on the MSGAO mailing list, you’ll get a form in the mail.

Anyone who has attended a previous reunion will tell you how much fun the Live and Silent Auctions are. The auctions are two of MSGAO’s biggest fund raisers for the year. Donations of auction items, greyhound-related and otherwise, are now being accepted. If you have something to donate, or if you know of a business that would be willing to donate a product or service, please let Director Vicki Cohen know as soon as possible. Auction donations should be received by Oct. 1. Cash donations to help with Reunion expenses are always appreciated!

Water-Bowl Challenge Issued

MSGAO is taking a new twist on the ice-bucket challenge making its way around social media. We want to raise awareness of greyhound adoption, raise some money and have some fun. We are challenging adopters to either dump water on themselves or their dogs or pay $10 to MSGAO. We like it best, of course, when people take the challenge and still donate money or kennel supplies.

Go to the Friends of MSGAO Facebook page to see the videos posted so far. We hope to see many more!

Speaking of the reunion…

You may have seen the alert below on greyhound-friendly accommodations for those planning to attend MSGAO’s annual reunion of greyhound adopters and their adoptees. That posting means the time for the big celebration is drawing near!

Greyhounds enjoy the 2013 reunion!

Greyhounds enjoy the 2013 reunion!


The celebration is set for Oct. 11, 2014, at Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas. Here are the things you need to know:
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)
Dress: Business casual (or theme-related costume). We’ll share more with you on that soon. It’s a cool one!
Tickets: $25 per adult in advance ($30 at the door), $10 for children
RSVP: By using the form below or calling (870) 735-7317
Activities: Cocktail hour, parade of adopted dogs on the race track, contests and shopping galore with auctions and vendors!
Entry/Parking: Due to ongoing construction, parking will be different than in previous years. Maps will be posted when they become available.

Anyone who has attended a previous reunion will tell you how much fun the Live and Silent Auctions are. The auctions are two of MSGAO’s biggest fund raisers for the year. Donations of auction items, greyhound-related and otherwise, are now being accepted. If you have something to donate, or if you know of a business that would be willing to donate a product or service, please let Director Vicki Cohen know as soon as possible. Auction donations should be received by Oct. 1. Cash donations to help with Reunion expenses are always appreciated!

We’ll be telling you more in the coming weeks about the big event, such as revealing the theme. In the meantime, you can reserve your spot early using the form below.
MSGAO Reunion Registration Form-2014

Make your reunion reservations early

If you are making plans to travel to the reunion Oct. 11 and need to arrange accommodations, here is a greyhound-friendly hotel to consider.
Days Inn West Memphis
1100 Ingram Blvd
West Memphis, AR 72301
Telephone: (870) 735-8600
email: daysinn09011@gmail.com