The $1,320 donation will purchase much needed Kuranda dog beds for the shelter.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and its 18 kennel owners will donate over $1,320 to the Marshall County Animal Shelter for the purchase of much needed Kuranda dog beds.

Casino officials said a story about a recovering female greyhound neglected at a Glen Dale residence and “the dog’s love for its Kuranda bed” sparked the donation idea. The animal shelter’s director said the public responded to the article with donations that purchased half of the needed beds.

“Our immediate thought, along with our kennel owners, was to help the shelter animals and the people caring for them,” stated Jim Simms, President and General Manager at Wheeling Island. “So, when the animal shelter’s director said that they still had a need, we were happy to donate the remaining Kuranda beds.

Simms went on to say, “Speaking from experience, greyhounds are the friendliest and most loving dogs someone can welcome into their home and to see them treated badly is heartbreaking. We believe this donation is a good start in helping make the animals at the shelter more comfortable.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.

Wheeling Island recently won 7 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2008 readers poll including Best Reel Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Service, Best Cash Back and Best Promotions.

Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.

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Kim Florence, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
(304) 231-1839
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