Month: March 2016

2016 Tackle Bag Winner

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Here’s a picture of the 2016 tackle bag winner — Tom Weber.

Every year the club purchases a tackle bag and all the ladies pitch in and fill it up with new tackle items, line and other items.  We start selling raffle tickets at the January Collinsville boat show.  We also sell raffle tickets at our annual Mouse Racing fundraiser after which we pull a winning ticket.

Congrats Tom!!!!

March Newsletter


2016 Gateway Bass n Gals Point Standings


Mouse Races are a HIT!!


The Gateway Bass ‘n Gals held their 10th annual mouse racing fund raiser on Saturday, February 27th at the Harvester Lion’s Club.  The 200 racing programs printed by Xact Data Discovery, disappeared rather quickly – within an hour of opening the doors for racing enthusiasts, we were out — a first for the club but definitely a good sign.  The ladies had to rush to get all the raffle items set up — there were 62 items this year!  Not only do we set them out so they can be seen but we also identify the person or company who donated each item. Here’s a preview of some of the raffle items:

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12718237_10208651654432612_7319316141037704100_nFolks quickly changed out their real money for lots of play money to bet on the upcoming races and purchase raffle tickets.  We sold tickets for a fully loaded tackle bag and all of the raffle items.  Drum roll please. . . . . the winner of the tackle bag is. . . .Tom Weber, congratulations Tom!


Gateway Downs has been handling the club’s mouse races since we first starting having them back in 2006. They do an excellent job of bringing in everything, including the 4 legged racers.  We can’t have any racing injuries on the track, so different mice are used for the first 6 races.  The first place finishers from these races have a race off (or is that a mouse off) in race 7.  Whoever bets on the winning mouse in race 7 wins and whoever “owns” the mice that finished 1st, 2nd & 3rd also get a payout. 1656201_10208651658072703_7774492956428771454_n


Throughout the  event we were hearing from folks what a good time they were having.  Some even called the next day to say our mouse races were the best ever!IMG_4036






Looks like everyone is having a great time.




Here’s a happy couple!




The Lion’s Club was packed!!!








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We had ladies working the money exchange, where you change out real money for play money (and, at the end of the night, can cash in your play money for real money) and several walking around selling tickets for the raffle items.

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IMG_4032Thanks to Kristen Harper, who took the time to figure out all the ins/outs, we were able to auction off a firearm donated by Liberty Arms. Kristen put this all together and sold tickets throughout the evening.  Here’s the winner:







20160227_073206Without everyone’s support, it would not have been possible.  Thanks to all who bought ads in the program and donated raffle items and a big thank you to all of those who attended.  You helped make this the most successful mouse race the club has had.  This success helps us support worthy causes like the annual Veterans Fishing Day at Busch Wildlife, Paralyzed Veterans of American (PVA) and Casting for Recovery, just to name a few.  Club information can be found at and on Facebook at


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Our club holds this fund raiser every year on the last Saturday in February.   Come on down, see what all the fun is about.  Look forward to seeing you next year!