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Missouri Gaming Association’s Project 21 Scholarship Deadline is March 1

January 18, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The entry deadline for the Missouri Gaming Association’s 21st annual Project 21 scholarship is March 1, 2017. The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, invites Missouri high school seniors to compete for two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships. The scholarship application and guidelines is available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or bit.ly/MGA_Project21_2017.

The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017.

Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling.

“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.”

The Project 21 Scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

All Missouri high school seniors, including those whose parents are casino employees, are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided their parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible.

The Project 21 scholarship application is available at www.missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2017 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2017.

ABOUT MISSOURI GAMING ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. The MGA and its casino company members sponsor year-round responsible gaming programs including the 1-888-BETSOFF crisis line and referral service, Project 21 scholarship competition, and Responsible Gaming Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Missouri Gaming Association’s Project 21 Scholarship Applications Now Available - Deadline is March 1

October 24, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, is inviting high school seniors to enter the 21st annual Project 21 scholarship competition. Two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships will be awarded.

The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is March 1, 2017. The scholarship application and guidelines is available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or bit.ly/MGA_Project21_2017

The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017. 

Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling.

“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.” 

The Project 21 Scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation. 
 

All Missouri high school seniors, including those whose parents are casino employees, are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided their parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible. 

The Project 21 scholarship application is available at http://www.missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2017 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2017.

ABOUT MISSOURI GAMING ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. The MGA and its casino company members sponsor year-round responsible gaming programs including the 1-888-BETSOFF crisis line and referral service, Project 21 scholarship competition, and Responsible Gaming Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Synergy Group
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314.961.9772



Missouri casinos promote Responsible Gaming Education Week August 3-7

July 25, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri casino employees are serving as responsible gaming ambassadors during the casino industry’s 18th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), August 3-7. RGEW was created by the American Gaming Association (AGA) in 1998 to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of problem gambling issues nationwide. 

Across Missouri, casino employees will wear buttons, ribbons and stickers with responsible gaming messages, and offer free responsible gaming brochures and other materials during RGEW. Brochures include “Play Responsibly," “Get to Know Slot Machines,” “Understand the Odds,” and “Responsible Player Guidelines and Characteristics.” Free brochures, posters and other responsible gaming education materials are available from the American Gaming Association website www.americangaming.org or at http://bit.ly/RGEW2015.

“Responsible gaming is an ongoing priority of Missouri casino employees, from top executives to front-line team members,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. "Responsible Gaming Education Week is an opportunity for our casinos to expand on the work they do every day, educating employees and patrons about the issue."

At Isle of Capri - Kansas City, team members will wear Responsible Gaming Education buttons all week and attend refresher training on responsible gaming. The casino also will post employee educational materials throughout the back of house area.

Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa in Kansas City will invite casino patrons to spin a color-coded wheel and test their knowledge of responsible gaming in exchange for a participation prize (Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.). The casino also will post responsible gaming information on their Facebook page to educate patrons. Argosy team members will participate in a responsible gaming-themed scavenger hunt, crossword puzzles and other activities.

Ameristar Kansas City will display posters at casino floor entrances to promote responsible gaming. They also will educate team members through iTV, departmental meetings, a newsletter, posters, a quiz with prizes, and daily emails from the general manager.

Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange will raise awareness about responsible gaming with a series of events for team members, casino patrons and the community. Life Crisis Center will train team members to recognize when gaming may not be responsible and learn how to assist guests who may have crossed that line. Casino Ambassadors and Hosts will distribute responsible gaming brochures and stickers to guests as they enter the casino. Videos and signs will reinforce the responsible gaming message, while team members will wear “Play Responsibly” wristbands and buttons to inspire conversations about responsible gaming. Team members also will bolster their knowledge about Responsible Gaming through interactive games, prizes, commemorative t-shirts and themed food specials.

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles will educate team members on Responsible Gaming through back of house educational materials, activities and a quiz with prizes.

Lumière Place Casino & Hotels in St. Louis will create and present a video of the employees explaining responsible gaming means to them. The casino also will educate employees through meetings, signage, crossword games and quizzes for prizes and a special employee meal.

Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights has multiple events planned including employee training, an employee scavenger hunt, T-shirts, signage at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, a video for the corporate team, and various fundraisers to benefit Provident STL, which staffs the 1.888.BETSOFF hotline for problem gamblers.

The Missouri Gaming Association and its casino company members sponsor and fund year-round programs to address responsible gaming issues. Every Missouri casino property has a designated employee who serves as the director of responsible gaming programs for that location. Missouri’s ongoing responsible gaming programs include:
• 1-888-BETSOFF - a statewide telephone crisis line and referral service for problem gambling.
• Project 21 – a scholarship competition that addresses underage gambling;
• Operation Bet Smart – an awareness program that focuses on compulsive gambling;
• Alcohol Awareness Programs – promote responsible consumption of alcohol.

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Seven Missouri students win scholarships from Missouri Gaming Association in 20th annual Project 21 competition

May 26, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Seven Missouri 2016 high school graduates have been selected to receive college scholarships through the 20th annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry. 

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, which are jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select. 

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.  

In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in February or March, to help educate other students. 

“We know that young people are influenced by their peers, so Project 21 encourages them to learn about the issues of underage gambling and share that information with their classmates,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. 

Statewide, the 2016 Project 21 winners are:
$1,500 Scholarship Winners
Name: Ashtyn Figg
City: Higginsville
High School: Lafayette County C-1 High School
College Attending: Missouri State University
Winning Entry: Poster

Name: Victoria Weitkamp
City: New Florence
High School: Montgomery County R-ll High School
College Attending: William Woods University
Winning Entry: Article

$1,000 Scholarship Winners
Name: Nina Kramer & Melissa Dierkes ($500 each)
City: St. Louis 
High School: Bishop DuBourg High School
Colleges Attending: Lindenwood University (Nina)
University of Missouri-Kansas City (Melissa)
Winning Entry: Video

Name: Rachel Hutchings
City: Peculiar
High School: Raymore-Peculiar High School
College Attending: University of Arkansas
Winning Entry: Poster

Name: Kelly Filips
City: Maryville
High School: Maryville R-II High School 
College Attending: Missouri University of Science & Technology
Winning Entry: Article

Name: Riley Luallin
City: Conway
High School: Laclede County R1 - Conway High School
College Attending: Evangel University
Winning Entry: Article 

ABOUT MISSOURI GAMING ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. The MGA and its casino company members sponsor year-round responsible gaming programs including the 1-888-BETSOFF crisis line and referral service, Project 21 scholarship competition, and Responsible Gaming Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Media Contact:
Mary Schanuel
Synergy Group
mschanuel@synergy-pr.com
314.961.9772



Missouri Gaming Association’s 2016 Project 21 Scholarship Deadline is March 1

January 18, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, is inviting high school seniors to enter the 20th annual Project 21 scholarship competition. Two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships will be awarded.

The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is March 1, 2016. The application is available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or bit.ly/MGA_Project21_2016

The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between before February 15, 2016. 

Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling.

“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.” 

The Project 21 Scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation. 
A copy of the scholarship application and guidelines is available at www.missouricasinos.org. 

All Missouri high school seniors, including those whose parents are casino employees, are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided their parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible. 

The Project 21 scholarship application is available at www.missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2016 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2016.

ABOUT MISSOURI GAMING ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and related professionals. Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri's casinos. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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12th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse in Kansas City June 24-26

June 30, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – The 12th annual Midwest Conference On Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse June 24 - 26 will include a keynote address on “Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Veterans and Active Duty Military: Substance Use, Gambling, and Mental Health” by Dr. Heather Chapman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and National Certified Gambling Counselor. The Missouri Gaming Association is a member of the consortium sponsoring the conference. 

“The Missouri casino industry wholeheartedly supports the conference and its efforts to develop the most effective ways to treat problem gambling and substance abuse,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association, a conference sponsor and member of the Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse. 

The three-day multi-state summit, to be held at the Hilton Kansas City Airport, features internationally and nationally renowned experts in the fields of problem gambling, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Last year, more than 250 people from around the country attended the conference. 

For more details on the conference and resources for dealing with problem gambling issues, visit www.888betsoff.org.

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry, which contributed nearly $520 million to the state in taxes and fees in 2014. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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314.961.9772



Six Missouri Students Win Scholarships From Missouri Gaming Association

April 29, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Six Missouri high school seniors have been selected to receive college scholarships through the 19th annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry. 

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select. 

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation. 

In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in February or March, to help educate other students. 

“We know that young people are influenced by their peers, so Project 21 encourages them to learn about the issues of underage gambling and share that information with their classmates,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. 

Statewide, the 2015 Project 21 winners are:

$1,500 Scholarship Winners
Jacob Hobbs
City: Troy, MO
High School: Troy Buchanan High School
College Attending: Truman State University
Winning Entry: Poster

Tessa Mills

City: Cleveland, MO
High School: Cass Midway High School
College Attending: Missouri State University - Springfield
Winning Entry: Article

$1,000 Scholarship Winners
Madelyn Elayne Jobe
City: California, MO
High School: California High School
College Attending: Truman State University
Winning Entry: Video

Samira Zantout
City: Kansas City, MO
High School: North Kansas City High School
College Attending: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Winning Entry: Article

Tania Contreras
City: Monett, MO
High School: Monett High School
College Attending: Lindenwood University
Winning Entry: Article

Cameron O. Miller
City: Blue Springs, MO
High School: Blue Springs South High School
College Attending: University of Central Missouri
Winning Entry: Article

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.
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Ameristar celebrates Earth Day by sprucing up Don Bosco Senior Center

KANSAS CITY, MO – Ameristar Cares volunteers will celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by painting, washing windows and laying down mulch at the Don Bosco Senior Center in Kansas City, Missouri.                                                   

Ameristar Casino gives back to the community through its program, Ameristar Cares. Through this program team members volunteer their time and donate to their charities of choice through its annual workplace giving campaign. Ameristar team members celebrate Earth Day every year and chose to celebrate this year by sprucing up Don Bosco Senior Center.

Ameristar volunteers will use mulch donated by Missouri Organic. Since April 2011 Ameristar has diverted food, paper and cardboard waste to Missouri Organic that otherwise would have been delivered to a landfill. Missouri Organic turns this waste into compost and mulch. 

Why mulch from Missouri Organic? Ameristar is committed to being green whenever possible. Ameristar has recycled 2,423.25 tons (4,846,500 pounds) of leftover food and paper waste since April 2011 through Missouri Organic. Ameristar also recycles glass, plastic and metal through other programs.

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Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Community Aces Challenge Winners

April 6, 2015

Local nonprofits win share of $60,000

St. Louis, MO – Isle of Capri Casinos, a member of the Missouri Gaming Association, has announced the winners of its first charitable social media contest, awarding a share of $60,000 to six local nonprofit organizations. 

Small Market
Caruthersville Humane Society - $15,000
Humane Society of Northeast Iowa - $10,000
Humane Society of Southeast Missouri - $5,000 

Large Market
Stray Rescue Saint Louis - $15,000
Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City - $10,000
Skills to Succeed, Kansas City - $5,000

"With over 155,000 votes cast in Community Aces Challenge and over 300 applications to participate, we were thrilled with the response to Isle’s first charitable contest on social media,” said Virginia McDowell, Isle’s president and chief executive officer. "As we watched the results and saw how hard all of the charities were working to garner votes, we decided to add a third place prize to the competition."

“The 150 participating nonprofit organizations registered in the fourth quarter of 2014 and coordinated their own individual voting campaigns between Feb. 1 and March 20, 2015,” said McDowell. “We commend the efforts of all the organizations in the Challenge. Each organization has a mission dedicated to enhance the communities we all share and we look forward to seeing the funds put to use.”

Community Aces Challenge is a social media based contest designed for nonprofit projects which improve the quality of life in the communities where Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. operates. The competition was conducted in two categories, so that smaller communities competed with other small communities, and large communities competed with other large communities. Two $15,000 grants, two $10,000 grants and two $5,000 grants were awarded by Isle’s Community Aces Fund administered by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.

Official rules are available at www.communityaceschallenge.com.

The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and related professionals. Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri's casinos. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Missouri Gaming Association’s Project 21 Scholarship competition is open

November 13, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, is inviting high school students to compete for scholarships through the 19th annual Project 21 competition. Two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships will be awarded.

The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling by writing and publishing an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or creating a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015.  

“We’ve seen some very creative entries in past years,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “Of course, we want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino. We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.” 

The deadline for submitting scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Assocation is March 1, 2015. 

The Project 21 Scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation. 
A copy of the scholarship application and guidelines is available at www.missouricasinos.org. 

Seniors attending Missouri high schools whose parents are casino employees are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided the parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible. 

The Project 21 scholarship application is available at www.missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 30, 2015 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2015.

The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and related professionals. Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri's casinos. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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mschanuel@synergy-pr.com
314.961.9772



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