These men and women have contributed mightily to the FCCG’s mission and work and it is our privilege to recognize them and share their accomplishments!
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 04, 2013
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, the statewide advocate on issues relating to problem and compulsive gambling, today launched its 25th anniversary conference, Problem Gambling: Past, Present & Future, at the DoubleTree Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld and revealed recipients of the organization’s 2013 pari-mutuel, education, volunteer, media, service, treatment, and Power of One awards.
“We’ve had a spectacular day, starting with Former Member of the House of Representatives, Scott Plakon, who presented an insightful Keynote Address, explaining the regulatory authority over gaming in the state, and highlighting the relationship between the FCCG and government, and the FCCG and the gaming industry. Former Representative Plakon also provided an update on the status of strip mall casinos (Internet cafés) in Florida, and Dr. Robert Rotunda of the University of West Florida, presented the FCCG’s replication prevalence study among adults, ages 18 years of age and older,” boasted Paul Ashe, President & Co-Founder of the FCCG.
At the organization’s The Best of the Best Awards Luncheon, the FCCG took the opportunity to identify individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the field.
”This is one of our favorite parts of the conference because it gives us the opportunity to honor individuals, organizations, and industry operators who have played instrumental roles in educating the public, assisting those in need of assistance or treatment, and responding to crisis calls for help from Florida residents who feel hopeless due to gambling related difficulties. These men and women have contributed mightily to the FCCG’s mission and work and it is our privilege to recognize them and share their accomplishments,” stated Pat Fowler, Executive Director.
2013 Award Recipients:
The Pari-Mutuel Industry Award is given to an individual or organization that demonstrates exemplary effort in their responsible gaming program within the industry. Its purpose is to recognize pari-mutuel operators that have gone the extra mile to provide information on problem gambling for both their customer and employee populations. The FCCG salutes Magic City Casino for outstanding leadership in requiring that all employees complete the Responsible Gaming & Player Protection Program training and for prominently displaying the HelpLine number throughout the property.
The Monsignor Joseph Dunne Education Award is named for the FCCG’s distinguished board member, and founder of the National Council on Problem Gambling, that recognizes an individual or organization that made a significant contribution to problem and compulsive gambling education efforts in the state of Florida. The FCCG salutes Thomas Hall, Director of Wellness and Health Promotion Services at the University of Central Florida, for ongoing commitment and leadership in spearheading programs, supports and awareness among university faculty and the student body on problem and compulsive gambling.
The Media Award always goes to an organization or individual for outstanding media production that heightens awareness of problem gambling to the citizens of Florida. The FCCG salutes Paula Lavigne, ESPN Reporter, Greg Amante, ESPN Producer, in recognition of outstanding commitment in increasing awareness through a televised news series on an illegal bookmaking operation in South Florida that was betting on little league youth sports. (Note: In 2012, nine youth football coaches or associates in South Florida faced felony charges as a result of this work.)
The Service Achievement Award was established this year to recognize an individual or organization that has devoted time and energy in providing essential supports to the problem gambling population. The FCCG salutes Joan Talley for devoting countless hours on the FCCG HelpLine assisting problem gamblers and loved ones, and for providing compassion and direction to so many during their time of crisis.
The Volunteer Award is presented each year to honor an individual who dedicated a portion of their time or talents, on a voluntary basis, to aid those struggling from difficulties due to gambling. The FCCG salutes Bruce Denson, J.D., of the Denson Firm, in recognition of his commitment to serving pro bono, providing professional legal supports to compulsive gamblers without any personal gain, and for educating the court about gambling addiction impacts.”
The Power of One Award distinguishes an individual who through personal initiative makes a significant contribution in addressing problem and compulsive gambling. The recipient of this award recognizes the suffering caused by gambling addiction and then feels responsible to do the work that can make a difference by causing others to see the need.
The FCCG salutes Thomas Talley, Certified Interventionist, in recognition of his decades of dedication and ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of problem gamblers and their families, and his constant efforts to support the FCCG in increasing awareness.
Finally, the FCCG’s Treatment Award recipient will be revealed at the Agency’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon on Friday, April 5, 2013.