|Supporters of the first annual AGA Awards Dinner Honoring America’s Greats raised more than $175,000 to benefit the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG). The event was held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Money raised for the NCRG goes towards funding scientific research and enhancing public awareness of pathological and youth gambling.|
The gala, which was sponsored by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Global Gaming Expo (G2E), honored the US Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev) and entertainer Paul Anka for their contributions to the gaming industry. Park Place Entertainment Corporation was the first honoree to enter the ‘Million-Dollar Club’. This was established for companies contributing $1 million dollars or more to the NCRG. Boyd Gaming Corporation also received recognition for its outstanding financial support of the NCRG. This included providing the initial funding which made NCRG a reality and pledging $875,000 over a ten-year period. The dinner received the support of over 70 companies and numerous individuals.
Maj. Gen. Paul Harvey (Ret.), NCRG Board, said, “This fund-raising event was an overwhelming success. We are grateful to everyone who participated – from the attendees to the generous donors whop made the dinner possible. The funds raised will finance research that will ultimately help people and families affected by disordered gambling and help to eliminate underage gambling.”