2011 Miracle on Canal Street Charities Announced

MILWAUKEE ­­– Potawatomi Bingo Casino is celebrating a legacy of Miracles with the announcement of the Casino’s 2011 Miracle on Canal Street program participants Wednesday morning.

With many eager local charity representatives on hand, the Casino held a random drawing yesterday to select organizations for Miracle on Canal Street – its annual signature community program. Funded primarily by its Miracle bingo game – sold during every bingo session in the Casino’s Nest of Life Bingo Hall – the program has raised more than $10.5 million for nearly 350 local children’s charities since its inception in 1994.

“The excitement and energy at the charity drawing has kicked off the 2011 Miracle program on a high note,” said Melanie Martin, Bingo Director at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. “It is truly incredible that we are celebrating our 18th year of providing Miracles to children in our community.”

Thirty charities will benefit from Miracle on Canal Street funding. In addition to the 20 charities chosen at random today, 10 signature charities were chosen prior to the event by the Casino’s Miracle media partners.

“As one of the original charities to participate in the inaugural Miracle on Canal Street season in 1994, Agape Community Center is thrilled to be a part of the Miracle program again this year. It is amazing how this program has grown in the past 18 years to help so many children in Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Al Luzi, Director of Development at Agape Community Center, after his organization was selected.

The 2011 Miracle on Canal Street charities include:

  • Agape Community Center of Milwaukee, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Best Buddies Wisconsin – Milwaukee County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Inc. presented by presented by CBS 58 – Milwaukee County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine & Kenosha Counties, Inc. – Racine and Kenosha County
  • Center for Self Sufficiency, Inc.  – Milwaukee County
  • Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County
  • Civic Music Association of Milwaukee, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • COA Youth and Family Centers presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee County
  • Community Advocates, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • First Stage Children’s Theater presented by WITI FOX 6 – Milwaukee County
  • Friends of Abused Families, Inc.  – Washington County
  • Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, Inc. presented by Milwaukee Radio Group (WHQG, WJMR, WZBK, WKLH) – Milwaukee County
  • Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc. presented by Lamar Outdoor – Milwaukee County       
  • Kids Matter, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, Inc. presented by The Milwaukee Business Journal – Milwaukee County
  • Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc. presented by WISN TV 12 – Milwaukee County
  • Next Door Foundation – Milwaukee County
  • Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. presented by Clear Channel Outdoor – Milwaukee County
  • Skylight Opera Theatre – Milwaukee County
  • The Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • The Friends of the Mukwonago Community Library – Waukesha County
  • Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • VSA Wisconsin, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. – Milwaukee County
  • Wisconsin Humane Society presented by Journal Broadcast Group – Milwaukee County
  • Zoological Society of Milwaukee presented by Clear Channel Radio (WRIT,WMIL,WISN, WKKV, WRNW, WOKY) – Milwaukee County

Following the announcement of the thirty 2010 Miracle on Canal Street charities, Potawatomi Bingo Casino surprised those in attendance with an additional $20,000 in grant money. To recognize Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s 20th anniversary in 2011, 20 additional charities were chosen at random Wednesday to receive a one-time gift of $1,000 – or a “Mini Miracle.”

Those charities included the African American Children’s Theatre, Aurora Visiting Nurses Association of Wisconsin, Bay View Community Center, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Express Yourself Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, House of Peace, Latino Arts, Inc.; MargaretAnn’s Place, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northcott Neighborhood House, Rosalie Manor Community & Family Services, Ruach, Inc.; Southeastern Youth & Family Services, Inc.; and United Indians of Milwaukee, all of Milwaukee County; the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County and Ozaukee Family Services, both of Ozaukee County; and Friends of Autism, Inc. and Lad Lake, Inc. of Waukesha County;

In 2010, nearly $1 million was raised, with more than $33,000 going to each participating charity.  Money for the program is raised though special Miracle bingo games and other initiatives. Potawatomi Bingo Casino keeps each year’s Miracle total a secret until the program concludes with the 2011 Miracle on Canal Street Awards Program scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino is one of two casinos owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. It is located at 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wis. The casino is a showcase for high stakes bingo, offering some of the nation's highest daily payouts.  A popular attraction for local guests, tourists and tour groups, the casino features blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette table games, video and reel slot machines, off-track betting, and a variety of live entertainment.  Potawatomi Bingo Casino is committed to raising awareness of the risks of problem gambling, maintaining a level of first-class customer service, while investing in its most valuable asset – its 2,500 multicultural employees.  Through the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and Miracle on Canal Street, the casino supports numerous local charities and community organizations. Driving directions and more information about Potawatomi Bingo Casino can be obtained by calling toll-free, 1-800-PAYS-BIG or by visiting the website at www.paysbig.com.