Membership meeting set for Sunday, December 4

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will host a general membership meeting this Sunday, December 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

The meeting will begin at 4PM, followed by the 28th Annual Chinese Auction for Charity.  The auction, hosted by the 2:00 Club, will benefit several local charities including The Meadows Chaplaincy program.

Caretaker Appreciation Day hosted by MSOA

Caretaker Appreciation 16Thanks to donations from more than 100 individuals, stables and organizations, the annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, hosted by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, was a resounding success.

All caretakers with horses racing on Saturday (November 12) at The Meadows received a free gift, while many were fortunate enough to take home additional goods, courtesy of donations which included monetary gifts, gift cards and more.

“The caretakers are the backbone of our stables,” said Rich Gillock, MSOA President. “We all know that caretakers are a big part of the success of any horse, and we also know that they are the ones that get the least recognition. We are pleased to be able to show our appreciation for their efforts through this annual event. And we are pleased to have ever-growing support from our members as well as others throughout harness racing.”

The MSOA also would like to thank Lisa Beinhauer, who was instrumental in coordinating the event.

28th Annual Chinese Auction for Charity set for December 4

The 2:00 Club, together with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association MSOA is pleased to announce that the 28th annual Chinese Auction for Charity will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe.

This event has raised more than $280,000 over the past 27 years for the benefit of worthy local charities as well as the Standardbred Retirement Foundation in New Jersey and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption in Ohio. All proceeds of the auction are donated to charity.

Doors will officially open at 5:00 p.m. with the drawings to begin around 6:00 p.m. The auction has grown so large over the years; it will be in the Washington Grand Ballroom at The Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe this year. A buffet dinner will be provided by the MSOA along with a cash bar. Prizes can be viewed and tickets can be purchased beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the event; winners need not be present for the drawing.

Thanks to the many generous donors, the event raised over $30,000 last year and it hopes to surpass that total this year. Please consider donating a prize to add to the ‘prize list.’ Some suggestions for your gift donation are: Gift Certificates for Area Restaurants; Baskets of Cheer; Holiday Decorative Item or Apparel; Tickets to Sporting Events or Theater Shows; Horse Supplies; Items Related to Your Business; Lottery Tickets; Horse Related Jewelry or Clothing. We welcome all gifts and they are tax deductible.

Prizes can be left at the MSOA office during regular business hours. Please be sure to include your name with your donation. We are requesting donations be delivered to the MSOA office as early as possible. Prizes can also be sent to Janet Campbell, Chinese Auction Chair, 9711 Downing Place, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Please contact the MSOA at 724.228.3644 or email msoa@themsoa.com or contact Janet Campbell at 724.331.2660 or email jjcamp1@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Make plans to join us and bring a friend. Tickets start at $1.00; the larger gifts are $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. There are a few prizes valued over $500 including cash and these tickets are $5.00 each. Don’t miss this exciting evening and your chance to win a great prize while contributing to a great cause.

Preferred class update

Effective the week of 10/10/2016,  Preferred classes will be written 3 out 4 weeks. The following schedule will apply till the end of the year.

11/14 No F&M Preferred Pace
11/21 No F&M Preferred Trot
11/28 No Preferred Trot
12/5   No Preferred Pace
12/12 No F&M Preferred Pace
12/19 Five Days Racing T-B-D
12/26 Three days Racing T-B-D

Note: If the Preferred is written and does not fill, it will be written the following week.

Reminder: Keep in touch with legislators

Dear MSOA Members,

At the most recent MSOA Membership Meeting, MSOA lobbyist Rob Vescio reiterated the need for regular contacts with legislators to remind them that the horse racing industry and Act 71 specifically are a great agribusiness money-generators for the economy of the Commonwealth.

With the upcoming election right around the corner, we are asking that MSOA members use the legislator locator below to find your legislators contact info and send a note or give them a call and ask them to support horse racing and oppose raids on the Race Horse Development Fund.  Your call or letter can make a difference.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can find them here:

www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

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