It was evident that the mice were in fine form right from the beginning when the underdog Sylvia took the first race with 1:9 odds. Seven races were run in total, each as exciting as the first, with the winners of the first six races going against each other in the chaotic seventh heat. The underdog Sylvia ended up winning the title of the Fastest Mouse in the Midwest!
The record breaking crowd came ready to bet, drink, eat and dance! Port Cape and US Foodservice provided dinner, while River Eagle Distributing and Bluff City provided tasty adult beverages for the first hour of the event. Cape's version of the Kentucky Derby, as the Mouse Races for MS were so aptly dubbed three years ago when the annual event began, has inspired many women to create oversized, and overly-decorated derby hats which were worn proudly, and loudly.
The night wound down with a raffle of items that included a trip to St. Louis with hotel accommodations by Drury, a Queen sized bed-in-a-box donated by Ashley Furniture, and many other baskets and packages. There was an electric guitar that was raffled off, donated back and then auctioned off, eventually landing a new home with Pete from the VFW. We would like to thank the VFW for donating the use of their space, as well as the many other donors, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this night a huge success. As the races came to a close, Affordable DJ Service kicked up the music and set the ladies dancing! A great time was had by all!
The event has already been scheduled for June 23, 2012 at the VFW in Cape Girardeau. Sponsorship for the event sell out quickly so if you are interested in sponsoring the event, a mouse, a race or a table next year, please contact Jeanne Churchill at Capaha Bank, Sandy Hoffman at MedAssets or Sharon Hileman at the MS Society to be added to our potential sponsors list.