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Charity groups make a stand for greyhounds, Labradors at Colonial

There’s a lot of love for greyhounds in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
There’s a lot of love for greyhounds in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. FWST

Charity starts at home and sometimes at golf courses.

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas has partnered with the DFW Labrador Rescue Club to work a concession stand next to the eighth green at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

The partnership appears to be a good fit for both groups, however don’t expect to see any greyhounds or labradors racing across the grounds. They are not permitted.

“The business model is great. Everyone is giving up their personal time. Most of us stay at the stand. A few go watch a little golf,” said John P. McQuade, who founded the greyhound league in 2001.

McQuade, a former marine and a lefty, is usually the first one to arrive and the last one to leave.

Rain has limited foot traffic at the tournament. Thursday’s first round was delayed 91 minutes. Friday’s second round was delayed 5 1/2 hours..

However, the sun came out Friday afternoon and traffic appeared to be picking up for the four-day tournament.

“It’s an outside operation,” McQuade said. “It’s a great opportunity to talk about the cause a little bit.

“It’s fun. People are great.”

Non-profit groups and booster clubs benefit from Dean & DeLuca Invitational

Both organizations are dedicated to creating a nurturing, healthy environment for the animals.

“We take great care of the greyhounds, just like DFW does (with the labs),” McQuade said. “It still takes money.”

The groups will receive 8 percent of the gross from the sales plus some cash and electronic proceeds.

McQuade plans to make up ground for the loss opportunities for patrons because of the rain. Beer is by far the No. 1 product for sale at the ultra-friendly stand, but McQuade will also be pushing the food.

“We’ll keep that fryer going,” McQuade said. “I’m not cooking today, but I will be cooking the rest of the weekend.”

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