roviding the largest donation of the three was the 18th annual Gaming Hall of Fame Charity Dinner and Induction Ceremony, which this year raised nearly us$ 125, 000 in support of the NCRG’s research and education initiatives.
Last year’s Hall of Fame Dinner, held on November 15th at the Wynn Las Vegas, attracted nearly 400 guests to celebrate the 2006 honorees as they were inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame. More than 50 companies and a number of individuals hailing from various sectors of the gaming entertainment industry provided significant contributions to last year’s dinner, which once again coincided with Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the gaming industry’s largest international trade show and conference event.
Each revolutionaries in their particular sectors of the gaming entertainment industry, this year’s inductees were Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts; Franco Dragone, founder and artistic director of Dragone Group and former creative collaborator with Cirque du Soleil; and Alessandro "Alex" Stratta, executive CEO of Alex at Wynn Las Vegas.
"The Hall of Fame Dinner continues to be a significant program for our industry, honoring our outstanding inductees as well as the exceptional work the NCRG does to raise awareness about responsible gaming, " said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA. "The funds raised through this year’s dinner in support of the NCRG’s research and education initiatives once again demonstrate how very important the organization’s work continues to be more than a decade after its inception. "
Last year’s event also included a special check presentation by Courtney Muller, show manager and group vice president of G2E at Reed Exhibitions, the AGA’s partner in G2E. In accordance with the annual giving campaign G2E launched at last year’s Hall of Fame Dinner, Muller presented the NCRG with a check for more than us$ 105, 000. The donation is comprised of contributions from G2E 2006 exhibitors and attendees.
"We are proud to have joined with the AGA over the years in supporting the NCRG and its efforts to help us better understand and raise awareness about disordered gambling, " Muller said as she presented the check to members of the NCRG board of directors. "I am honored to represent the entire G2E family here tonight as we offer our contribution to this worthy cause. "
The continued sale of the AGA’s "Keep it Fun" responsible gaming awareness wristbands also has provided significant support for the NCRG. More than 150, 000 wristbands were sold in 2006, equating to a net donation to the NCRG of more than $60, 000. Since it was launched in August 2005 during Responsible Gaming Education Week, the wristband program has raised more than us$ 115,000 for the NCRG.