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Massachusetts Council Receives AWARE Grant

9/12/2005 -

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling has been awarded a TVG AWARE Program Responsible Wagering Community Grant to develop a poster intended to increase awareness of gambling addictions in the racing industry. The posters will emphasize the resources that are available to help addicted and problem gamblers in Massachusetts.

The grant, part of the continuing commitment by TVG and its AWARE Program to fund community efforts promoting responsible wagering was announced by BJ Cosson, TVG’s vice president of operations and customer relations.

Officials of the Massachusetts Council said the posters would be distributed to pari-mutuel facilities in the state. “The posters will alert viewers that gambling problems can occur and that there is no shame attached to that,” said Kathleen M. Scanlan, executive director of the Boston-based organization. The posters will feature the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling’s helpline phone number.

AWARE is TVG’s responsible wagering program. This innovative program was among the first of its kind and is designed to promote responsible wagering on horse racing through TVG’s wagering systems. TVG makes donations available to organizations that specifically provide education, assessment, and treatment services, through credentialed counselors, for the resolution of gambling disorders. TVG AWARE Program community grants are administered by the Winners Federation, the association of credentialed addictions counselors and others committed to preventing addictions in the horseracing industry.

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