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Breaking ground for the new West Memphis Animal Shelter pictured left to right is Ark. Senator Reginald Murdock, Louis Jacobs, Jr. – project manager at Delaware North, Robert Thorne Jr., Carolyn Sechrest – wife of Ness Sechrest, Ness Sechrest – chairman emeritus of the Southland board of directors, Osi Imomoh – president and general manager of Southland Casino Hotel, Mayor Marco McClendon, Kerry Facello – director of the West Memphis Animal Shelter, West Memphis City Councilman Tracy Catt, Tyler Ginn.

(West Memphis, Arkansas) Southland Casino Hotel gives $1.7 million gift to West Memphis for new Animal Shelter and Adoption Center and establishes new Arkansas State University Mid-South scholarships through $537,500 gift.

Southland Casino Hotel is the place to Play, Stay, and Dine. Whether playing on more than 2,300 slot machines, feeling the felt of 50 live table games, betting big in the high-limit rooms or enjoying live sports betting, Southland has it all.

Stay the night at our all-new high-rise hotel or dine at one of eight restaurants or bars. An array of dining options include The Kitchens – a unique buffet experience, Ignite Steakhouse, The Fry House, The Grind, Seasons Cafe and the Sports Bar & Grill – while bars include the Chairman’s Bar, Charred Oak Bourbon Bar and the Ignite Steakhouse Bar.

 

Southland has long been a pivotal fixture of the West Memphis community, strongly supporting the community with jobs, business stability, and economic contributions. It has consistently won awards for its outstanding community service, including millions of dollars donated to neighborhood charities and educational institutions.

 

Southland Casino Hotel, in collaboration with parent company Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and entertainment, recently announced a $1.7 million gift to the City of West Memphis to fund a new and much larger animal shelter at the site of the former Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Center. The gift is in collaboration with the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association.

 

Southland and West Memphis officials participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Carolyn & Ness Sechrest Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, which is being named in honor of Ness Sechrest, chairman emeritus of the Southland board of directors, and his wife, Carolyn.

“It brought us immense pride to announce a $1.7 million gift to the City of West Memphis, earmarked for the establishment of a new and significantly larger animal shelter,” said Osi Imomoh, president and general manager of Southland Casino Hotel. “In tribute to their unwavering commitment to animal well-being and this community, the shelter will bear the name ‘The Carolyn and Ness Sechrest Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.’

Southland donates $1.7 Million for Animal Shelter. Pictured here left to right Ness Sechrest – chairman emeritus of the Southland board of directors, Osi Imomoh – president and general manager of Southland Casino Hotel, Tyler Ginn, Carolyn Sechrest – wife of Ness Sechrest, Robert Thorne Jr., Mayor Marco McClendon, Louis Jacobs, Jr. – project manager at Delaware North, Ark. Senator Reginald Murdock.

In addition, in partnership with Arkansas State University Mid-South, Southland announced it is establishing new scholarships with a $537,500 gift. Southland is endowing four scholarships ($500,000 total) in honor of esteemed local leaders Mary Toney, the late Cortez Kennedy, the late Frank Martin and Hershel Owens, all of whom have made significant impacts in Crittenden County and at Southland.

 

Southland is also contributing $37,500 to introduce and help fund the new Crittenden County Promise Scholarships. For those county residents who meet the eligibility criteria, these last-dollar scholarships will cover remaining tuition costs after other aid.