Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 22, 2014) – The Seminole Tribe of Florida received the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the recent National Conference on Problem Gambling, the oldest national conference on problem gambling in the world.
Accepting the award from Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling, was Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Gaming Commission Chairman Allen D. Huff. Also at the presentation was John Fontana, President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, who serves on the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling’s (FCCG) Board of Directors.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida was nominated for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the FCCG. The award is given to an organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to social responsibility as it relates to problem gambling in the past year. Additionally, the award recipient must have exhibited leadership and commitment to going above and beyond in aiding the problem gambling community by funding treatment and assuring therapeutic support to those in need of assistance.
For more than a decade, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been the largest voluntary contributor to the FCCG and has been a strong supporter of the organization. In 2010, as part of the compact agreement with the state, the Seminole Tribe of Florida agreed to provide $1.75 million in funding for compulsive gambling treatment and services in the State of Florida. As a result, this has enabled the FCCG to develop and implement a statewide treatment program which provides free treatment for problem gamblers and those adversely affected by gambling.
In addition, Seminole Casinos spend millions of dollars every year to promote the FCCG’s 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine, which appears in all ads and marketing materials produced by Seminole Casinos. Florida residents who call the HelpLine for assistance with a gambling problem can obtain free treatment if they meet eligibility requirements, including no insurance and/or an ability to pay.
Editor’s Note: Hi-res award presentation photos are available upon request
About the Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a 4,000-member federally-recognized Indian Tribe headquartered in Hollywood. It is a sovereign government with an elected Tribal Council of five members. Governmental expenditures include police and fire protection, emergency medical services, education, health care, housing, water treatment, economic development, parks and recreation. More than 90 percent of the Tribe’s budget is derived from gaming revenue generated at seven casinos throughout Florida, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa. The Seminole Tribe also owns Orlando-based Hard Rock International, which manages and licenses Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos throughout the world.