County Comment: Washington County Gaming Commission Announces Gaming Fund Distribution

County Comment
Washington County Gaming Commission Announces Gaming Fund Distribution
by Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Washington County, Maryland

The Washington County Gaming Commission announced its gaming fund distribution to 73 local charitable organizations as well as the county's fire and rescue companies in the August 5th meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.
The Gaming Fund total of $2,642,377.01 for fiscal year 2008, which ended June 30th, represents a 11.1% decrease over fiscal year 2007 revenues. State law provides for funds to be split equally between the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association and local charities.
In January the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association received $591,843.93. With today's announcement, an additional $729,344.57 will be distributed bringing the yearly total for Fire and Rescue to $1,321,188.50. The Association then distributes the funds equally to the 26 fire and rescue companies throughout the county.
In May the Washington County Gaming Commission received 133 separate applications from 109 charitable organizations requesting a total of $3,289,705.05. 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 82 of the 133 requests. Of the 133 applications, 32 received full funding. A total of $1,321,188.51 was allocated.
The Regional Community Health Center (Community Free Clinic) received the largest award of $175,000, followed by Reach Caregivers receiving $100,000. Friends of Safe Place Child Advocacy Center received $66,303. Girls Inc. received $64,900, and Food Resources received $53,364.
The Washington County Gaming Commission is a volunteer 7-member board appointed by the County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and the Board of County Commissioners. Established by the State Legislature in 1995, the Commission is responsible to ensure the revenue produced by Tip Jars played in the counties clubs, taverns, liquor stores, and restaurants is equitably distributed. Since it's beginning, the Commission has provided over 38 million dollars to charities and fire and rescue companies in Washington County.

Fiscal Year 2009 Gaming Fund Awards
(Fiscal Year 2008 Revenues Collected)

Alzheimer's Association- $17,500.00
American Cancer Society- $10,000.00
American Red Cross of Washington County- $5,000.00
Antietam Healthcare Foundation- $14,840.00
Apples for Children- $5,000.00
Arc of Washington County, Inc.- $20,000.00
Aspiring to Serve Inc.- $15,000.00
Baby Basics of Greater Hagerstown Inc.- $1,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wash. Co. MD, Inc.- $35,000.00
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County- $40,000.00
Breast Cancer Awareness Cumberland Valley Inc.- $4,577.00
CASA, Inc.- $27,351.00
Children In Need Inc. - $45,000.00
Children's Village of Washington County Inc.- $25,000.00
Clear Spring Little League- $3,500.00
Conococheague Little League- $4,769.00
Corporation for Assistive Technology- $2,217.69
Deafnet Association Incorporated- $5,000.00
Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc.- $12,000.00
Federal Little League of Hagerstown- $3,000.00
Food Resources Inc. - $53,364.00
Friends of Safe Place, Child Advocacy Center- $66,303.00
Girls Inc.- $64,900.00
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County- $10,000.00
Hagerstown Citizens on Patrol, Inc. - $10,000.00
Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol- $7,500.00
Hagerstown Colt League and Palomino League, Inc.- $10,000.00
Hagerstown Fire Police Association Inc.- $20,000.00
Hagerstown Junior Basketball League, Inc. - $5,000.00
Hagerstown Pony League Inc.- $3,000.00
Hagerstown- Washington Co. Chamber of Commerce - $7,500.00
Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association- $15,425.00
Hancock Little League- $3,599.00
Head Start of Washington County- $4,200.00
Interfaith Service Coalition- $20,000.00
Leadership Washington County- $10,000.00
Literacy Council of Washington County- $2,000.00
Little League Baseball of Halfway, Inc.- $5,013.00
Marine Corp League, Bulldog Detachment- $15,000.00
Maryland Theatre- $30,000.00
Mason-Dixon Boy Scouts- $15,752.12
Maugansville Little League- $11,837.63
Memorial Recreation Center, Inc.- $25,000.00
MiHi- $5,117.50
National Little League- $3,000.00
North Hagerstown High School Band Boosters- $199.84
Parent / Child Center- $12,130.00
REACH Caregivers- $100,000.00
Regional Comm. Health Care Ctr. / Community Free Clinic- $175,000.00
Salvation Army- $45,000.00
San Mar Children's Home- $10,000.00
Sharpsburg Little League, Inc.- $3,848.00
Smithsburg Youth Athletics Inc.- $7,572.00
South Eastern Wash Co. Health and Comm. Services- $5,000.00
South Mountain Little League- $1,000.00
St. Johns Homeless Shelter, Inc.- $5,610.00
United Cerebral Palsy Foundation- $3,835.95
Valley Little League- $5,250.00
W House, The- $9,315.00
Walnut St. Community Health Center- $34,500.00
Wash. Co. Commission on Aging- $45,000.00
Wash. Co. Community Action Council, Inc.- $30,000.00
Wash. Co. Community Mediation Center- $5,000.00
Wash. Co. Human Development Council- $20,000.00
Wash. Co. Jr. Girls Volleyball- $5,000.00
Wash. Co. Junior Football League- $10,000.00
Wash. Co. Show Kids- $2,000.00
Wash. Co. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition- $10,000.00
Wells House, Inc.- $3,500.00
West End Little League $3,330.00
Western Maryland Hospital Auxiliary Inc.- $34,531.78
Williamsport Youth Soccer- $5,300.00
YMCA- $10,000.00
Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association- $1,321,188.50
Total Funds Allocated = $2,642,377.01