2016 Frequently Asked Questions

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GEM has received many questions regarding the Event. We have posted those questions, along with the answers, on this page. As more questions are asked, they will be answered here.

Q)  When is the 2016 Greyhound Event of Michigan?
A)  May 13th-15th, 2016, at the Livonia Holiday Inn and Conference Center.

Q)  How can I volunteer to help at this event?
A)  Email eventcommittee@gemgreyhounds.embersmithtest.com and we will sign you up.

Q)  Are dogs allowed at all activities?
A)  Absolutely! Dogs are allowed at all activities including the auction, Saturday buffet

Dinner and Sunday brunch presentation.  Dogs are not allowed in the hotel pool

area or Restaurant.


Q)  Are there activities Friday night for early arrivals?

A)  Yes. There will be vending, complimentary pizza and pop, available for registered attendees. Sponsored by Domino’s, Coca-Cola.

*** Also Steve Wirtz will be conducting a class on building your Greyhound out of wire and papier mâché ***

Steve Wirtz (Cartuna Art Gallery and Studio) will be offering a build your own greyhound class Friday night starting about 7:00pm.  Class cost is $40 per person.  Half of cost is being donated to GEM and Steve is also providing supplies needed.  Seats are limited so register early, registration for class will close when filled.  To see examples of his work go to http://www.cartuna.net/. To sign up for this class select Steve Wirtz Friday night class on Event registration form..



Steve Wirtz pic



Q)  What is the cost of registration and meals?

A)  Registration is $10.00 on-line and $15.00 at the door. Children 12 and under

are FREE.  Hospitality Social on Friday night is FREE to everyone REGISTERED for

the Event.  The Adult Dinner Buffet on Saturday is $25.00. Sunday Breakfast Buffet

and presentation is $15.00 if you are not a hotel guest. We have an all

inclusive Weekend Package Deal for attendees NOT STAYING AT THE HOTEL

which is $45.00 per person which includes Registration, Friday night Hospitality

Social, Saturday Dinner Buffet and Sunday Breakfast Buffet. If you are staying at

the hotel you will receive vouchers for breakfast which INCLUDES Sunday Buffet.


Q)  Is there a special room rate for this event?

A)  A special rate of $94.00 has been negotiated for Greyhound Event of Michigan

guests. When calling be sure to inform them that you are registering for the 2016

Greyhound Event of Michigan, or GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan.


Q)  How can I make hotel reservations?

A)  Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-465-4329 or online at:

Holiday Inn Livonia  (group code GRY)


Q)  When can I reserve my room and what do I need?

A)  Reservations are available with a major credit card by calling 1-800-465-

4329, or online at: Holiday Inn Livonia  If calling the hotel, be sure to mention you

are attending the 2016 Greyhound Event of Michigan to receive the special room



Q)  How long is the special room rate in effect?

A)  The special room rate can be used up to 3 days before and 3 days after the Event

or until all rooms are filled.


Q)  What are the room rate & amenities?

A)  All rooms are $94.00 per night plus tax and fees. Two morning buffet vouchers will

be provided per room, per night stay. If you are NOT staying at the hotel Saturday

night you WILL need to purchase GEM’s Sunday Buffet tickets when you register for

the event. Hotel and Hotel Amenities


Q)  Is there a pet cleaning fee?

A)  Yes, there is a $20.00 NON-REFUNDABLE fee that covers your entire stay.


Q)  Is breakfast available?

A)  Hotel guests receive 2 vouchers for breakfast with each night’s room stay. Non-hotel

guests may purchase GEM’s Sunday Breakfast Buffet by paying $15.00 with their

On-line registration.


Q) Is Saturday Lunch available?

A) Saturday lunch will be available ala carte from the hotel. The following will be


  • Ham, Turkey, & Roast Beef $5.00
  • Assorted sandwiches  $5.00
  • House tossed salad with dressings  $4.00
  • House tossed salad with sliced grilled chicken  $5.00
  • Cole slaw or potato salad  $2.00
  • Whole fruit  $1.00
  • Chips  $2.00
  • Cookies  $1.00
  • Assorted soda  $2.00
  • Bottled water  $2.00
  • Large coffee  $2.00

Please make your selection during on-line registration to help the hotel with quantities needed. Payment for lunch will be collected by the hotel at time of purchase.


Q)  Is Saturday dinner self-serve?

A)   Yes, it is a buffet.


Q)  Is Saturday dinner free for children?

  • Children under 6 eat free.
  • Children between 6 and 12 will require a meal ticket be purchased for them at the cost of $15.00 each.
  • Children 13 and above pay full price.


Q)  What is the menu for Saturday Night dinner?

A)  Dinner will be buffet style, all you can eat, for people only and will include:


Chicken Marsala-Chicken breast with a Marsala wine and mushroom demi glaze
Pasta with a Marinara meat sauce

Tossed salad with 2 assorted dressings

Baby red potatoes

Parmesan Cheese

Green beans

Chocolate cake

Warm rolls and Butter

Coffee, Hot Tea, and Ice tea


Q)  What is the menu for Gem’s Sunday Breakfast Buffet?

A)  GEM’s Sunday Breakfast Buffet will include

Scrambled Eggs

French toast

Bacon and Sausage
Breakfast Potatoes
Danish, bagels, muffins, donuts
Cold Cereals and Milk
Assorted Yogurt
Sliced Fresh Fruit

White and Wheat toast

Orange juice

Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee


Q)  What if I have medical dietary needs?

A)  If you have medical dietary needs, please indicate this on the registration

page. We will make every effort to meet your needs. Medical dietary request will

only be accepted with on-line registration. No walk-in request will be available.

Q) What will the T-Shirt look like this year?

A) Below is an example of what this year’s event T-Shirt color and layout will look like.
Final T-Shirt w-logo


Q)  Can I order just a T-Shirt?

A)  Yes, you can order just a T-Shirt by sending an email to gem2615@gmail.com

providing your name and T-Shirt size. All T- Shirts are $20.00 tax included.
T-Shirts – Adult S-4XL

T-Shirts – Women’s Cut – S-3XL
T-Shirts – Youth M-L
Q)  Will there be a door prize this year?

A)  Yes, this year there will be 2 door prizes. The first is a toy box handcrafted by Bill Helm with a

Greyhound decal on the front of the box and on the inside of the top, the box

measures 18h x 24w x 13.5d. The second door prize will be a concrete sitting

Greyhound statue that measures 32H x 12W x 16D donated by an anonymous

donor. Tickets for the door prize will be available on-line and at the Event. Tickets

will be $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing will be Saturday at dinner. Each person

registered will receive one free door prize ticket. You must be present

to win.

Doorprize 1
Door Prize 1

Doorprize 2
Door Prize 2


Should you have any additional questions, please email the Event Committee at  eventcommittee@gemgreyhounds.embersmithtest.com


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