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MILWAUKEE – Thirty children’s charities from southeastern Wisconsin are splitting $989,239 tonight, after Potawatomi Bingo Casino announced the amount of money raised during their 2011 Miracle on Canal Street program. Each charity received $32,841. Additionally, the program surpassed $11 million raised since its inception in 1994.
Money for the program is raised primarily through special Miracle bingo games. The funds have been accumulating throughout the year and the 2011 total was revealed during an event tonight in the Casino’s Nest of Life Bingo Hall.
“It’s a privilege to be part of this program and to help the children these charities serve,” said Melanie Martin, Bingo Director at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. “We see our Miracle charities doing amazing things each and every year. Seeing the great services these organizations provide is truly inspiring.”
The contribution comes at a time when many charities are finding it more difficult to deliver services due to a decrease in contributions. According to the Wisconsin Nonprofit Economic Impact Report, released by Forward Community Investments this week:
“Contributions received from Miracle on Canal Street mean more today than they ever have,” said Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force. “Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increase in those seeking help – meaning more children and their families are reliant on the services we, and others like us, provide.”
The organizations benefitting from tonight’s contributions will use Miracle on Canal Street funds to improve the lives of children in our community by addressing multiple needs - from educational services to emergency shelter, from clothing needs to extracurricular activities. One of those organizations, Kids Matter, will use the funds to train dedicated community volunteers who help abused and neglected children find safe loving homes.
“The children we serve come from situations in which they’ve encountered incredible hardships,” said Susan Conwell, Executive Director of Kids Matter. “The funds we receive from Miracle on Canal Street will go a long way toward comforting the most vulnerable young people in our community.”
The 2011 Miracle on Canal Street charities that received a $32,841 donation Friday night include:
Nearly 200 charities applied for a chance to be selected for the 2011 Miracle on Canal Street program. Twenty of this year’s charities were chosen through a random drawing held in August. The other 10 were selected as signature charities by the program’s media partners. Children’s charities throughout southeastern Wisconsin can apply for the 2012 program in late spring. Details will be posted on the website at paysbig.com/miracle.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino continues to make a significant positive economic impact on both the state and local communities through tribal revenue sharing and support of local charities and community organizations. “Caring for the Community” is one of five key areas of focus that serve as the foundation for the Casino’s social responsibility efforts entitled Building on a Tradition of Responsibility.
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, 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 - more than 2,400 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.