Washington County Gaming Commission had less tip-jar money this year

John Menard said there was about $1.86 million in tip-jar proceeds to give away

July 31, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |

The Washington County Gaming Commission had about 2 percent less tip-jar money available for nonprofit organizations this year, officials said Tuesday, as the fiscal year 2012 disbursements were announced.

John Menard, chairman of the Washington County Gaming Commission, said there was $1.86 million in tip-jar proceeds.

By law, half of that total — about $929,000 — goes to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association to distribute to local fire and rescue companies. The other half goes to charitable organizations that apply for it.

The money came in through tip-jar gaming at 111 restaurants, liquor stores, taverns and clubs, according to the Gaming Commission.

The commission reported that 98 organizations submitted requests totaling $2.41 million this year. All but three of those organizations received at least some funding, although not necessarily the full amount they requested.

The two largest awards this year were $175,000 for Community Free Clinic and $64,740 for Friends of Safe Place, Child Advocacy Center, according to the commission.


Menard and James B. Hovis, director of the county’s Office of Community Grant Management, talked about the latest round of awards during Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Representatives from some of the agencies that received awards listened in the gallery.

Brenda Bush said Easter Seals, which was awarded $10,000, will use the money for medical day care, with an emphasis on socialization — a help for people taking care of loved ones at home.

Bush, a community outreach director, thanked people who play tip jars.

“This money is helping so many people within our organization,” including clients and caregivers, she said.
Easter Seals requested $22,500, Bush said.

Discovery Station at Hagerstown asked for $12,000 and was awarded $6,000, said B. Marie Byers, the organization’s president.

She said $6,000 will cover about three months’ worth of utility costs.

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