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Casino philanthropy – Gambling firms donate $68 million

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WASHINGTON — Twenty-five United Way organizations are honoring casino companies for contributing more than $10 million annually to United Way campaigns and another $58 million to other charities.

United Way groups also reported that casino employees have volunteered more than 900,000 hours in community service.

“Unfortunately, these efforts, like many good deeds, have gone unheralded for too long,” says Becky Montgomery, executive director of the United Way of South Mississippi based in Gulfport.

Garth Winckler, president of the United Way of Southern Nevada based in Las Vegas, spearheaded the luncheon executives from more than 30 casino companies for a luncheon on Capitol Hill.

“Casino companies rely upon their communities and understand the importance of helping make them a better place to live and work,” Winckler said.

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