Southland Park gives back to the city | News
(WMC-TV) - A local gaming and racing park is once again in the giving mood, this time the recipient is the City of West Memphis. Regional General Manager of Southland Park Gaming & Racing Troy Keeping, has distributed more than $48,000 in funds generated by greyhound racing to state, city and county officials today.
Mayor of West Memphis William Johnson, received a check for more than $38,000 on behalf of the city. This check is the remaining funds in each pari-mutuel betting pool after the distributions are made.
A check for more than $2,100 represents one-third of the proceeds from three Charity Days and is given to the city’s general fund for charitable purposes only. Southland Park Gaming and Racing runs a total of 33 days designated as “Charity Days” each year for disbursement to community.
Another check for just more than $3,800 represents the money from two Disaster Relief Days and is specifically for providing assistance and relief to disaster victims, people in need, organizations that assist such persons, and for educational purposes, as provided by Arkansas law.
According to the racing park, since 1990 more than $20.3 million has been donated to public and private agencies, non-profit organizations from unclaimed tickets, breakage and “Charity Days” of racing at the West Memphis facility.
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