Racing mice will help the Rotary Club of Fulton raise money to support service projects in Callaway County, in particular the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). The club will hold the first Callaway Cup Mouse Races starting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at KC Country, 5836 Old Highway 40 in Kingdom City.
Live mice will be coaxed to travel through a miniature race course at fast speeds. Spectators will be invited to make bets, with all proceeds going to support the club’s charitable work in the community.
“I have been to these events in the past and they are a lot of fun,” said Charlie Anderson, president-elect of Fulton Rotary. “I hope the public will take the opportunity to come out, have a good time and support Fulton Rotary’s community service projects.”
Similar to a night at the dog or horse races, each person attending receives a program at the door with the mice running in each of the 10 heats. They can then go to one of the betting windows and place bets on the mouse they will run down the tube the fastest.
Along with racing, the night features Mouse Roulette where individuals buy a playing card for a minimal amount with the opportunity to win a large sum. The cards are placed in a circle with a mouse released in the center; the winner is the person with the card the mouse steps on first.
Single admission tickets for the event are $20 and couples’ tickets are $30. Each admission ticket comes with a raffle ticket. Purchase of a table of eight for $150 entitles the participants to eight attendee tickets, eight raffle tickets and eight bottomless beer and soda cups.
Race sponsorships are available for $100 per race and include two tickets to the event. Both table sponsors and race sponsors will be included in the race program. In addition, mice can be sponsored; the cost is $10 per mouse. Mouse betting, a silent auction and raffles are planned. Food and beverages, including $5 bottomless beer and soda cups, will be available for purchase.
Fulton Rotary is eligible for a $3,500 grant from Rotary District 6080 next year, but must be able to match the amount with fundraising in Callaway County. With the support of the community, the Rotary club will have $7,000 to spend on a service project for CARDV.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Charlie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate a silent auction item, contact Jennifer Books at email@example.com. Tickets to the mouse races are available at Atlas Physical Therapy, Central Bank, Chamber of Commerce, Don Woodson’s State Farm or from any Fulton Rotarian.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Mary Ann E. Beahon