Monday, November 13, 2006

Guilt-Free Gambling for Nonprofit Youth Programs

Victor Nunez is in National City running a nonprofit youth athletic program, and guilt-free gambling is all around. The state lottery. Commercial card rooms. Sports and Internet wagering. Televised poker tournaments.

But Nunez thinks it is Indian gaming, more than anything else, that's neutralizing the social stigma of gambling, in large part because of tribes' support for organizations such as his Community Youth Athletic Center.

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$15,000 dontated to the Elderly from Hold 'Em Game

A few hands of Texas Hold 'Em at Foxwoods Resort Casino paid off big Thursday for a local group that provides transportation, food and clothing to elderly and low-income residents.

Foxwoods President John O'Brien presented the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Association with a check for $15,000, the top prize at the casino's third annual World Poker Finals Media Showdown held last month.

The winner of the charity card game was R.D. "Buck" Griffith, circulation manager of The Resident newspaper, who designated his winnings for the Pawcatuck group. The $15,000 contribution was the largest the neighborhood center has ever received, said Vicki Anderson, its executive director.

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