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County Comment: Washington County Gaming Commission announces gaming fund distribution

County Comment
Washington County Gaming Commission announces gaming fund distribution
By Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

The Washington County Gaming Commission has announced its gaming fund distribution to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, as well as 86 local charitable organizations.
The Gaming Fund total of $2,010,106.75 for fiscal year 2010, which ended June 30th, represents a 10% decrease when compared to fiscal year 2009 revenues. State law provides for funds to be divided equally between the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association and local charities.
In January, the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association received $444,539.08. With todays announcement, an additional $560,514.30 will be distributed bringing the yearly total for Fire and Rescue to $1,005,053.38.
In May, the Washington County Gaming Commission received 113 separate applications from 93 charitable organizations requesting a total of $2,542,872.16. After one day of workshops in June, and two days of public hearings in July, the Commission was able to either partially or fully fund 100 of the 113 requests. Of the 113 applications received, 11 received full funding, 89 received partial funding, and 13 were denied funding. A total of $1,005,053.37 was allocated to 86 of the 93 charitable organizations applying.
The Regional Community Health Center (Community Free Clinic) received the largest award of $160,000, followed by REACH Caregivers receiving $77,500, and then Friends of Safe Place, Child Advocacy Center receiving $62,907.00.
The Washington County Gaming Commission is a volunteer 7-member board appointed by the County Delegation and County Commissioners. Established by the State Legislature in 1995, the Commission is responsible to ensure the revenue produced by Tip Jars played in the county's clubs, taverns, liquor stores, and restaurants is equitably distributed. Since its beginning, the Commission has provided over 43 million dollars to charities and fire and rescue companies in Washington County.
Fiscal Year 2010 Gaming Fund Awards:
Alzheimer's Association: $12,000.00
American Cancer Society: $6,500.00
American Red Cross: $1,000.00
Antietam Healthcare Foundation: $10,000.00
Arc of Washington County: $9,000.00
Aspiring to Serve: $2,000.00
Baby Basics of Greater Hagerstown: $1,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters: $20,000.00
Boonsboro Area Athletic Association: $1,900.00
Boys & Girls Club: $37,999.59
Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley: $5,587.98
CASA: $10,000.00
Children In Need Inc.: $44,000.00
Children's Village: $14,000.00
Clear Spring Little League: $2,500.00
Conococheague Little League: $2,500.00
Corporation for Assistive Technologies: $1,485.80
Court Appointed Special Advocates: $1,500.00
Discovery Station: $5,500.00
Doleman Black Heritage Museum: $1,000.00
Federal Little League: $2,500.00
Food Resources Inc.: $30,000.00
Friends of Safe Place, Child Advocacy: $62,907.00
Girls Inc.: $30,000.00
Habitat for Humanity: $19,982.00
Hagerstown Choral Arts Inc.: $1,000.00
Hagerstown Citizens on Patrol: $9,000.00
Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol: $4,000.00
Hagerstown Colt and Palomino League: $2,500.00
Hagerstown Community College Foundation: $1,000.00
Hagerstown Day Nursery: $3,000.00
Hagerstown Fire Police Association: $5,500.00
Hagerstown Junior Basketball League: $2,880.00
Hagerstown Pony League: $1,250.00
Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association: $4,500.00
Hancock Historical Society Corporation: $5,000.00
Hancock Little League: $3,713.00
Head Start of Washington County: $500.00
Humane Society of Washington County: $3,821.00
Interfaith Service Coalition: $20,000.00
League of Women Voters Washington County: $2,000.00
Little League Baseball of Halfway, MD: $2,500.00
Make a Wish Foundation Mid Atlantic: $7,000.00
Maryland Symphony Orchestra: $4,500.00
Mason-Dixon Boy Scouts: $3,600.00
Maugansville Little League: $2,500.00
Memorial Recreation Center: $14,500.00
MIHI: $2,500.00
National Little League: $2,500.00
Parent Child Center: $14,000.00
REACH Caregivers: $77,500.00
Regional Community Health Care Center: $160,000.00
Rohrersville Cornet Band of Washington Co.: $1,748.00
Salvation Army: $37,495.00
San Mar Children's Home: $3,800.00
Senior Living Alternatives: $10,000.00
Sharpsburg Historical Society: $1,000.00
Sharpsburg Little League: $2,284.00
Smithsburg Youth Athletics: $3,000.00
South Hagerstown High Rebel Band: $2,000.00
South Mountain Little League: $2,500.00
Special Olympics Maryland: $3,000.00
St. John's Shelter: $5,000.00
Volunteer Assoc. for Potomac Center: $5,000.00
W House of Hagerstown: $7,500.00
Walnut Street Community Health Center: $43,000.00
Wash. Co. Ag. Education Center: $5,500.00
Wash. Co. Commission on Aging: $40,000.00
Wash. Co. Community Action Council: $25,000.00
Wash. Co. Community Mediation Center: $3,000.00
Wash. Co. Free Library: $20,000.00
Wash. Co. Historical Society: $3,000.00
Wash. Co. Human Development Council: $4,000.00
Wash. Co. Junior Football League: $6,000.00
Wash. Co. Juniors Girls Volleyball: $2,000.00
Wash. Co. Leadership Development Program: $2,000.00
Wash. Co. Museum of Fine Arts: $3,000.00
Wash. Co. Show Kids and Company: $1,000.00
Wash. Co. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition: $15,000.00
Wells House: $9,000.00
West End Little League: $2,500.00
Western Maryland AIKIKAI Inc: $1,000.00
Western Maryland Center Hospital Auxiliary: $34,150.00
Windy Rock Equine Rescue: $2,000.00
Women of Valor Ministries: $1,250.00
YMCA of Hagerstown, MD: $2,700.00
Washington County Fire and Rescue Association: $1,005,053.38
RCHCC / Community Free Clinic: $160,000.00
REACH Caregivers: $77,500.00
Friends of Safe Place Child Advocacy Center: $62,907.00
$0-$10,000 65
$10,001-$20,000, 9
$20,001-$30,000, 3
$30,001-$40,000, 4
$40,001-$50,000, 2
$50,001-$60,000, 0
$60,001-$70,000, 1
$70,001-$80,000, 1
$160,000, 1
Total Awards: 86
Total Funding Requested: $2,542,872.16
Total Applications Received: 113
Number of Organizations Submitting Applications: 93
Number of Organizations Submitting Multiple Applications: 14
Total Number of Applications Receiving Funding: 100
Total Number of Applications Receiving Full Funding: 11
Total Number of Applications Denied Funding: 13
Total Number of Organizations Receiving Funding: 86
Total Number of Organizations Denied Funding: 7
Public Safety (Fire and Rescue Assoc. Included): $ 1,023,553.38 (51%)
Health Services: $ 303,737.98 (15%)
Adult Services: $ 278,980.80 (14%)
Youth Services: $ 260,306.59 (13%)
Recreation: $ 53,727.00 (2.7%)
Education: $ 34,500.00 (1.7%)
Civic: $ 28,232.00 (1.4%)
Cultural / Arts: $ 21,248.00 (1.1%)
Animal Welfare: $ 5,821.00 (0.3%)

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