Gaming funds paid out

August 13, 2003|by TARA REILLY

After three months of scouring over 125 funding requests totaling $3.7 million from nonprofit groups, the seven-member Washington County Gaming Commission summed up its work in about 10 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

The result? Ninety-four nonprofits walked away with $1.38 million, about half of the $2.7 million in gambling proceeds the Gaming Commission had to distribute for fiscal year 2004.

The other $1.35 million went to the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association through two separate distributions earlier this year.

"You can see it's a difficult task when you have that many requests and only so much money," said Commission Chair Orlyn Oestereich. "We worked very hard."


Of the 125 applications received, the Gaming Commission approved 108, which included multiple requests from some organizations.

The Fire and Rescue Association does not have to apply for money, but is mandated by state law to receive about half of the gaming funds.

The Gaming Commission was created in 1995 to distribute money taxed on the profits of tip jars, a game in which gamblers purchase peel-off tickets from large jars in hopes of winning hundreds of dollars.

Clubs, taverns, liquor stores, restaurants and others that participate in tip jars give 15 percent of their profits to the Gaming Commission, which distributes the money to various nonprofit organizations, according to state law.

Tip jar proceeds have totaled more than $23 million since 1996, according to a written statement from Washington County government

Girls Inc. Executive Director Maureen Grove said Tuesday the $45,000 the organization received from the Gaming Commission will be an important contribution for a new gym planned for the Washington Avenue center.

Girls Inc. plans to break ground on the gym on Sept. 10. The organization also received $31,217 for programs and other operating and equipment expenses, Grove said.

"We're very excited and very grateful for the amount we received," she said.

Rochelle Morrell, director for development at Children's Village, said the $15,985 her organization was awarded will go toward the purchase of mini-cars, which will be used to train children in pedestrian and vehicular safety.

She said the cars that Children's Village uses now are 12 years old. While the organization requested $40,000, Morrell said she wasn't disappointed with the amount it received.

"I was pleased ... certainly, we appreciate the amount," Morrell said.

The Regional Community Health Care Center, formerly the Community Free Clinic, received the largest award, $101,380 to be put toward operating expenses and the Medicare program.

Alzheimer's Association - $15,000

American Cancer Society - $15,000

American Little League - $5,000

American Lung Association of Maryland - $3,775

American Red Cross - $65,000

ARC of Washington County - $10,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters - $17,000

Boonsboro Area Soccer Club - $2,500

Boys & Girls Club - $15,000

Breast Cancer Awareness (Y-Me) - $4,084

Brothers United Who Dare to Care - $6,000

CASA - $27,000

Catholic Charities - $5,600

Children In Need Inc. - $17,000

Children's Village - $15,985

Clear Spring Little League - $2,695

Conococheague Little League - $3,500

Deafnet Association Inc. - $18,448

Easter Seal Society - $2,588

Federal Little League - $2,927

Food Resources Inc. - $40,000

Friends of Fort Frederick- $12,000

Friends of Wash. Co Rural Heritage Museum - $12,000

Girls Inc. - $76,217

Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council - $13,787.65

Habitat for Humanity - $20,000

Hagerstown Baseball Association - $1,320

Hagerstown Charity School Inc. - $8,000

Hagerstown Choral Arts Inc. - $700

Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol - $5,107

Hagerstown Colt League - $4,660

Hagerstown Community College Foundation - $2,000

Hagerstown Junior Basketball League - $2,500

Hagerstown Police DARE Program - $6,500

Hagerstown PONY League - $6,510

Hagerstown Thunder All Star Cheerleading - $2,000

Hagerstown Youth Hockey Assoc. - $5,000

Hagerstown Youth Soccer - $3,562

Halfway Little League - $2,730

Hospice of Washington County - $8,284

Humane Society of Washington County - $2,500

Interfaith Service Coalition - $10,000

James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation - $1,600

Literacy Council of Wash. Co. - $5,000

Marine Corps Toys for Tots - $5,000

Mason-Dixon Boy Scouts -$28,000

Memorial Recreation Center - $22,500

MIHI Inc. - $3,500

National Little League - $6,942

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - $6,335

Outdoor Sports Program - $5,000

Potomac Classic Youth Ballet - $3,225

REACH Caregivers - $66,000

Reeders Memorial Home - $5,000

Regional Community Health Care Center - $101,380

Rohrersville Cornet Band of Wash. Co. - $2,029.65

S.E. Wash. Co. Health & Community Services -$4,750

Senior Living Alternatives - $45,000

Sharpsburg Historical Society - $1,000

Sharpsburg Little League - $4,250

Spirit Sensation All-Stars - $2,000

St. Johns Shelter - $10,000

St. Patrick's Chorale - $2,400

The Center for Business Training - $2,500

The Maryland Symphony - $31,927

The Maryland Theatre - $20,000

The Parent/Child Center - $30,000

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