Potawatomi Bingo Casino to Award 2011 Miracle on Canal Street Funds Dec. 9

MILWAUKEE ­­– Thirty children’s charities from southeastern Wisconsin will receive a very special holiday gift, as Potawatomi Bingo Casino announces and distributes money raised during the 2011 Miracle on Canal Street program.

The 2011 Miracle charities will celebrate the joyous moment of unveiling the grand total with more than 1,000 Bingo guests and casino team members Friday, Dec. 9, during the Miracle Bingo Bash.

Funded primarily through the 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.

In 2010, nearly $1 million was raised, with more than $33,000 going to each participating charity. The Miracle on Canal Street gift will be the largest donation some of these organizations receive throughout the year.

“Celebrating Miracle on Canal Street with representatives of these vital children’s organizations is one of the highlights of my year,” said Melanie Martin, Bingo Director at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. “Knowing these funds will directly improve the lives of youth in our community will fill the Bingo hall with a warmth that will be felt throughout the year.”

Twenty of this year’s charities were chosen through a random drawing held in August and 10 signature charities were chosen and sponsored by the Casino’s Miracle media partners. The organizations will use Miracle funds to improve the lives of children in our community by addressing various needs - from basic needs to specialized therapy, from music-based and theatrical programs to extracurricular activities.

Details about how you can support or participate in Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Miracle on Canal Street program are posted online at www.paysbig.com.

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.