Our big holiday event is fast-approaching, and we greyhound owners don’t use those words lightly! Click on the link for details.
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Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option will be receiving a $64.10 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2014. The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible AmazonSmile items and there’s no cap on how much will be donated.
To make a donation to MSGAO through Amazon, shop at smile.amazon.com. In the box under “Or pick your own charitable organization” type “Mid South Greyhound Adoption Option.” Click on “Search.” MSGAO will come up as a selection. Click the “SELECT” button.
Every time you make a purchase on Amazon, go directly to SMILE/AMAZON.COM to make the purchase. MSGAO should be the organization associated with your computer (look up in the top left corner to check this). Then make your purchase. It is that simple!
Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option once again is represented at the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital from Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2014, at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. The sweet treats on the tree are none other than the sweetest breed in the world: greyhounds!
Enchanted Forest regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Enchanted Forest Friday Nights are scheduled Dec. 5, 12 and 19, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Please note: The Pink Palace Museum closes at 5 p.m. 0n all days except Enchanted Forest Fridays.
Tickets to the Enchanted Forest must be purchased before 4:30 p.m. Saturday through Friday.
Admission for the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees ONLY is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids age 3 to 12.
The event benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
You are invited to join Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option for a fun holiday fund-raiser at Seize the Clay in Memphis on Dec. 9! The Pawty will be a human-only event this year. Door prizes will be awarded!
All you need to do is bring an item on the MSGAO wish list for admittance to the event. Those items include:
- Paper towels
- Dawn dish soap
- Simple Green
- Bath towels
- New or unused toys
- Scrap carpeting
- Large or small Milk Bones
The MSGAO table will have greyhound ornaments to paint for $10. Different styles will be available. Finger foods, desserts and beverages will be served.
If you missed them at the reunion, 2015 calendars, a few T-shirts and assorted items will be available for purchase.
All proceeds will directly benefit MSGAO and will make Christmas merry for the dogs awaiting adoption!
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!
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!
Other Things You Need to Know
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.
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
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.
Greyt Stakes Poker Tournament benefiting MSGAO
Kennel Club at Southland Park Gaming and Racing
$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 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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.