READ TO ME FOUNDATION
Prairie Meadows Racetrack/Casino
Community Betterment Grant
L to R: Dondino, Cathy Beck Cross from Central Place and Leslie Merriman/Drake University Head Start receipients of Read To Me Foundation Prairie Meadows Grant Award for bilingual books donated to Central Place and Drake University Head Start. Cathy Beck Cross/Central Place was also a recipient of a Prairie Meadows Grant. Leslie joined Dondino and Donna for the Prairie Meadows Grant Award Luncheon.
Delivering books to Central Place and Drake University Head Start
Delivering books to Drake University Head Start new office
L to R: Drake University PHD Director and Dondino share books with Georgia's HeadStart Staff
Central Place receives book donations from Read To Me Foundation made possible from Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant Award
DIAMOND JO CASINO
DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION
GRANT AWARD $20,000
L to R: Jesus Aviles/President/CEO Mystique Casino, Dondino, Brian Southwood/VP Mystique Casino L to R: Jesus Aviles/President/CEO Mystique Casino, Dondino, Brian Southwood/VP Mystique Casino
MYSTIQUE /DIAMOND JO/DRA GRANT BOOKS ARRIVE,
BOARD MEMBERS PREPARING BOOKS FOR DELIVERY (small but mighty staff in their elaborate office/warehouse)
2011 GRANT AWARDS
NINE GROUPS RECEIVE $20,000 EACH FROM DRA
Grant recipients announced
TH Staff /Telegraph Herald-Dubuque, IA
The Dubuque Racing Association announced the annual distributions of grants to tri-state area organizations on Tuesday, allocations that totaled $1.43 million.
The DRA board unanimously approved the grant distributions at its monthly meeting.
This is the first time in recent years the grant distributions have been based on operating results of the Mystique and Diamond Jo casinos instead of a previously established fund. A casino leader said he believes the amount distributed this year is a sign that the gambling industry is thriving in Dubuque. Both area casinos are required by contract to give a certain percentage of their profits to the DRA, which is the license-holder for Mystique Casino and Dubuque Greyhound Park and the co-license-holder for the Diamond Jo.
Nine groups received a maximum grant amount of $20,000 from the Dubuque Racing Association, according to a list of grant recipients released Tuesday.
Camp Courageous of Iowa, the city of Cascade, Dubuque Main Street Ltd., Hillcrest Family Services, Hills and Dales Child Development Center, Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, Read To Me Foundation, Special Olympics Iowa and Stonehill Benevolent Foundation were the organizations receiving the top grants.
Jesus Aviles, president and CEO, said this year's distribution level is a sign of good things to come. "That this year, in a very tight year, we were able to distribute ($1.43 million in charitable donations) gives us a lot of hope for the future of Dubuque as a gaming destination," he said.
This year was the first year the grant applications were received through a software program, a process DRA officials said went well overall.
Read To Me Foundation thanks Brian Southwood/Mystique VP and Jesus Aviles, President/CEO Mystique Casino for the DRA Grant Award of $20,000 to Read To Me Foundation, to help support the "Operation Got Your Back" military children's book, and patriotic events at the Mystique Casino Cabaret Showroom and the Mystique Ice Arena. Both events will be a salute to our American Soldiers, Families and Children. A thank you to our military children and families during the stressful deployment separations.
To kick off the beautiful "Operation Got Your Back" military children's book, Mystique Casino and Read To Me Foundation will honor the Soldiers and Families in a uplifting show on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Mystique Casino Cabaret Showroom in a 7pm show and a 9pm show.
THANK YOU MYSTIQUE CASINO
DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION
JULY 1, 2011
Showtimes: 7pm and 9pm
Mystique Casino Cabaret Showroom
TO IOWA'S NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Hosted by Dondino, Las Vegas entertainer and President of Read To Me Foundation, joined by special celebrity guest Tony Orlando, as well as invited dignitary guests Governor Terry Branstad, Major General Tim Orr, Camp Dodge/Johnston, IA, George Patton Waters (grandson of General George S. Patton), Doug LaViolette/President of Brian's Scholarship Foundation/Green Bay, Wisconsin and Read To Me Foundation Board Member Gary Simpson.
The evening will be a musical salute to Iowa's National Guard Soldiers and families.
Music, orchestra, dignitaries, fun, laughter, patriotic pride will fill the showroom with an evening of music that will be remembered by all attending this heart warming event, with Special International Star Tony Orlando,and dignitaries Governor Terry Branstad, Major General Tim Orr, George Patton Waters (grandson of General George S. Patton), and Doug LaViolette/President Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation /Green Bay, Wisconsin.....as well as other surprise guests.....................
Tony Orlando International Entertainment Star and Recording Artist
George Patton Waters (grandson of General George S. Patton)
Doug LaViolette/President Brian LaViolette Scholarship Founation- Green Bay, Wisconsin
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's proclamation of April as the Month of the Military Child in Iowa(photography courtesy of Terra Barlow/Terra Lynn Photography)
Major General Tim Orr, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa
A custom children's book "Operation Got Your Back" will be presented to the military children during a fun event day at the Mystique Ice Arena on July 2, 2011 from 1pm-3pm.
Each child will have a free ice skating day, rock climbing and Humvee activities, food, and the award presentation of their own copy of "Operation Got Your Back", presented in a camouflage backpack sponsored by Weber Paper Company
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED "OPERATION GOT YOUR BACK"
THANK YOU TO OUR MILITARY SOLDIERS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN FOR ALL YOUR SACRIFICES TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS
MYSTIQUE/DRA GRANT RECIPIENTS
Operation Got Your Back