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Southland Park gives ASU Mid-South another $100,000 toward $1 million pledge for hospitality program

Southland Park Gaming & Racing, owned and operated by Delaware North in West Memphis, Ark., recently presented Arkansas State University Mid-South with $100,000 in support of the Jeremy M. Jacobs Hospitality Program.

The donation is the sixth of 10 annual payments to the school, which named its hospitality building in honor of Delaware North’s chairman.

“As our business evolves and expands, our need for well-trained and highly-skilled employees continues to escalate,” said David Wolf, Southland Park president and general manager. “This program will continue to generate a deep pool of qualified hospitality workers who will strengthen the tourism and entertainment efforts of Crittenden County and our region.”

Debra West, chancellor of ASU Mid-South, said the hospitality program credits Southland’s generosity with converting the college’s vision into a reality.

“Southland put us in a position beginning in 2012 to create something we had considered for quite some time but could never find the resources to establish,” West said. “We wanted to offer a cutting-edge program, and as is Southland’s way, they have provided us with the funds to develop something extraordinary.

“Their generosity continues to help our students tremendously,” she continued. “And we are certainly very appreciative of everything Delaware North and Southland Park have done to ensure a brighter future for our region.”

Southland Park’s continuing commitment to the college is evident as its overall gifts exceed $1.2 million since 2006, with pledges extending beyond 2017. In recognition of the multiple contributions, the college named one of its classroom buildings the “Southland Greyhound Science Center.”

Southland has also provided significant funding for endowed scholarships as well as a $250,000 commitment to Greyhound athletic efforts at the college. The gaming establishment has also made a substantial contribution to ASU Mid-South’s Emergency Medical Technician program.

PHOTO CAPTION: From left to right are David Wolf, Southland Park president and general manager; Jeff Strang, Southland Park senior director of marketing; and Debra West, chancellor of ASU Mid-South.