Friday, June 10, 2005

Mississippi Council On Compulsive Gambling Gets Donation From Casino

Reprinted from the Mississippi Business Jounral Online.

VICKSBURG — Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg recently made a donation of $25,000 to the Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling (MCPCG) to be used towards treating compulsive gamblers. This donation will allow for 12 patients to complete a residential gambling treatment program. Referrals will come primarily from the MCPCG help line, and the treatment funds will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Through the collaborative efforts of MCPCG and Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, these compulsive gamblers will now have the opportunity to seek care and return to a balanced way of life," said Betty Greer, executive director of Jackson-based MCPCG. "This is the first time in Mississippi that money for residential treatment will be available to compulsive gamblers."

This donation is Ameristar_s second and largest contribution to MCPCG. Last year Ameristar donated $15,000 to MCPCG to help produce a television public service announcement targeting senior citizens. Ameristar also contributes to the Council through the Mississippi Gaming Association.