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Groups get shares of gaming

February 13, 2002

Groups get shares of gaming

By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com

- List of gaming distributions



The Community Free Clinic came out on top Tuesday when the Washington County Gaming Commission distributed nearly $600,000 in tip jar gambling proceeds to 73 nonprofit organizations.

The clinic requested $50,000 - the maximum allowed by the commission - and received $45,000, according to figures released Tuesday afternoon. Another $10,000 was earmarked for the clinic's prescription program, bringing the agency's total to $55,000.

"We continue to be very grateful for the consistent support we have gotten from the commission," said Jeff Downin, executive director of the clinic.

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Contacted by phone Tuesday night, Downin said that without this source of funding, the clinic at 18 W. Franklin St. wouldn't be able to operate.

Tuesday's distribution also sent $587,202.63 - one half of the gambling profits - to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association as mandated by law.

From now on, the money will be distributed to nonprofits once a year instead of twice. Under the change, the money will be given out in August of each year instead of in September and February.

The Fire and Rescue Association will continue to receive money twice a year, said Lisa Kalkbrenner, Gaming Commission director. The association does not have to apply for the money as nonprofits do.

The $1,186,904.63 paid out Tuesday was a drop from the September giveaway, which was the largest ever at nearly $1.5 million.

In this latest round, 73 agencies had requested a total of $1,345,237.55 from the commission, whose task is to sort through all the requests and divvy up the money. Nine of those agencies were first-time applicants.

United Way of Washington County gets 2 percent of the charitable distribution, which was $11,994.

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