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Tip jar funds are allocated

August 08, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Gaming Commission on Tuesday announced its 2007 tip jar funds distribution.

The commission collected $2.9 million from tip jar games in fiscal year 2007, a 1.75 percent increase over fiscal year 2006, according to Gaming Commission Director Jim Hovis.

The funds are distributed each year to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, which receives half of the funds, and local charities and nonprofit organizations, which receive the other half.

The fire and rescue association received $1.45 million this year. The rest was divided between 89 charities and nonprofits in the county.

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The Regional Community Health Center received the largest award of $175,000. Girls, Inc. received $76,500, REACH Caregivers received $75,000 and the Washington County Free Library received $50,000.

Organizations made presentations to the commission bidding for donations last month. More than 128 requests were made, according to Hovis. Of the 89 groups who received money, 32 were given the full amount of their request, Hovis said.

Several representatives from local charities attended Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting, where the announcement was made. Many stood up to thank the gaming commission.

"This is truly a lifeline for the clinic. Without your help, we'd be very hard-pressed to continue," said Robin Robertson, director of the health center.

Hovis said the gaming commission has distributed more than $34 million to local charities since the program began in 1995.

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