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A record payout

Commission gives nonprofits more than $3 million

Commission gives nonprofits more than $3 million

August 11, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY

andrews@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Boxing Club will fix its ceiling and the walls.

W House will make a dent in its mortgage.

Brothers United Who Dare to Care plans to buy a camera.

The Washington County Gaming Commission announced Wednesday that 95 local nonprofit groups, including the above three, will split a little more than $3 million in tip-jar proceeds from the last fiscal year with the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

That's the largest disbursement since the program started 10 years ago.

Gaming Commission Chairman Terry Reiber said 106 of 120 requests were fully or partially funded this year.

Download a .pdf of the entire list of recipients here.

Tip jars are a form of gambling with peel-off tickets, commonly played at local bars and clubs. A portion of the money wagered goes to the county.

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Each year, half of the county's take goes to the Fire and Rescue Association.

The rest goes to nonprofit organizations.

Requests from charities this year totaled $3 million, or double the available amount, Reiber said.

The largest award - $165,000 - went to Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown.

Executive Director Robin E. Roberson couldn't be reached Wednesday to comment on how the money will be used.

The next-largest award, $90,000, went to REACH Caregivers. REACH stands for Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless.

Senior Living Alternatives, which runs the Holly Place and North Holly Place senior citizen group homes in Hagerstown, received $40,000. The homes were running out of money this year and on the verge of closing.

Hagerstown Boxing Club received all of the $2,500 it requested, President Johnnie Johnson said. He said the money will be go toward fixing up the gym on South Potomac Street.

W House, a Hagerstown halfway house for women with alcohol and drug addictions, sent in two applications, Executive Director Christina Trenton said.

The Gaming Commission funded all of the capital request, $29,892, and one-quarter of the $20,000 requested for operating expenses.

Trenton said W House will use money to help pay the 30-year mortgage on its relatively new building on North Locust Street.

Some money will pay for an intercom system, she said.

Brothers United Who Dare to Care, a black advocacy group in Hagerstown, asked for $9,000 and received $2,500.

"I was hoping for more (but) I appreciate what we got," Andy Smith, the group's president, said.

One item on the wish list, a portable projector for about $1,500, probably will have to wait. Office expenses will have to be cut.

Instead, the group probably will spend about $1,500 on a good camera, lenses and accessories.

Smith said photos in the group's newsletter, especially of black people, have not reproduced well.

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