Mah jongg tourney to help Highland Lakes SPCA

When Diane Danner (left), Cynthia Russell, Linda Brown and Susan Stacy play at the third annual mah jongg tournament Oct. 14, they’ll be donating their $45 entrance fees to the Highland Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For more information about the tournament, contact Carol Parker at or (830) 598-6762. Courtesy photo


HORSESHOE BAY — The third annual mah jongg tournament benefiting the Highland Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Oct. 14.

Officials are now accepting player reservations, which are due by Oct. 7.

The tournament — played using American mah jongg rules — will be held at the Yacht Club at Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle North. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with the event starting at 9:15 a.m. An entry fee of $45 includes a light breakfast, lunch, five rounds of mah jongg, door prizes and cash prizes. A silent auction also will take place, and officials are seeking items for it to raise money for the local SPCA.

“We’ve added a new twist — social play — to the tournament this year,” chairwoman Susan Stacy said. “Those who don’t want to compete in the tournament for the prizes can simply pay their entrance fee, have lunch and enjoy the day without any pressure. All fees will benefit the SPCA.”

Non-competing players also will be able to participate in the silent auction, she added.

“Last year’s second annual tournament was such a success that we couldn’t wait to organize this year’s,” Stacy said. “The more the merrier and the more money we’ll bring in for our area’s SPCA, which is one of the few no-kill animal shelters in the Highland Lakes.”

The Highland Lakes SPCA is a nonprofit shelter located on 15 acres outside of Marble Falls. It relies on fundraisers and donations to find homes for more than 125 dogs each year. Operating primarily with a volunteer staff, the SPCA is raising money to build a 2,500-square-foot building capable of housing 26 dogs. Go to for more information. The shelter brings adoptable dogs the PetSmart in Bee Cave on most Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.

To reserve a spot in the tournament, send a check for $45 made out to HLSPCA to tournament registrar Carol Parker at 102 Kimble Court, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Contact her at or (830) 598-6762 for more information. Reservations are limited by space at the Yacht Club, so early registration is advised.

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