20101204 peninsula response to board 1201 questions - description of ad astra program
TO: Patrick Martin, Executive Director Kansas Racing and Gaming CommissionFROM: Kathy Damron, Strategic Communications of KansasRE: Peninsula Gaming’s Kansas All Star Ad Astra Scholarship ProgramDATE: December 3, 2010The Kansas All Star Scholarship Program would be supported by $1.5 million in annual fundingfrom the Kansas Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center proposed by Peninsula Gaming Partners.This Ad Astra fund would be created to support education throughout Sumner Countyimmediately upon opening of the facility.The program would be governed by a local, five-member board and its first Chair will be JillDocking, former Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents and lifelong education advocate. The AdAstra Board would be comprised of local business leaders, K-12 education leaders andrecognized leaders from the state’s higher education community and would be appointed withthe consultation of school officials and other elected officials in the area. Their primary missionwill be to oversee the distribution of funds to parents, students and teachers within the schooldistricts in Sumner County and Mulvane, Kansas. In addition, all policies surrounding the fundand the program will be under the jurisdiction of this board, drawing upon the guidance andexpertise of area education leaders and officials.The $1.5 million fund would be allocated in three primary elements as follows: A $100 voucher for each student enrolled in K-12 in Sumner County and Mulvane school districts will be given to families to help cover back to school costs. Classroom teachers in Sumner County and Mulvane school districts will receive $500 each year to help offset costs of teaching materials and classroom supplies. Every graduating high school senior from Sumner County and Mulvane school districts will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to be used for their post-secondary education.Any remaining dollars from the $1.5 million Ad Astra fund not used for the three purposesdescribed above may be directed to the Sumner County General Use Fund.The eligible school districts are Mulvane U.S.D. 263, Wellington U.S.D. 353, Conway SpringsU.S.D. 356, Belle Plaine U.S.D. 357, Oxford U.S.D. 359, Argonia U.S.D. 359, Caldwell U.S.D.360 and South Haven U.S.D. 509. Based on current enrollments of 472 high school seniors;6,082 students enrolled in grades K-12 and 538 classroom teachers the $1.5 million fund wouldexceed the anticipate costs of the program.
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Community Donations and Volunteerism 2006 - 2010
Non-Profit Partnerships Donations Volunteerism Community Leadership
Our casinos have distributed more than $27 million toour non-profit co-licensees: Dubuque Racing Association Worth County Development AuthorityThis funding provides help for underserved youth andseniors, scholarships for students and teachers andcommunity projects like workforce development andeconomic growth initiatives.
In addition to distributions to our non-profit partners, we havegiven $10,688,715 in cash and in-kind contributions to 1,444charitable causes since 2006 including: Habitat for Humanity American Legion Iowa Firemen’s Association Veterans We Care Special Olympics Bellevue Parade Victim’s Fund Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Big Brother Big Sister Dubuque Museum of Art Boy Scouts of America American Cancer Society Sustainable Dubuque Toys for Tots Worth County Historical Society Alzheimer’s Association Louisiana 4H Foundation
Since 2006, Peninsula Gaming team members have volunteeredover 100,000 hours of their time for 356 organizations including : American Cancer Society Maria House American Heart Association March of Dimes American Red Cross Ronald McDonald House Boys and Girls Club Salvation Army Big Brother/Big Sister St. Judes Hospital Children’s Miracle Network Special Olympics Habitat for Humanity United Way Humane Society YMCA
Directors from Peninsula Gaming and its properties serve on 38community and non-profit Boards including: Mercy Hospital Foundation Northern Iowa Community College American Heart Association Loras College St Landry Chamber of Commerce City of Mason City - Recreation Dept Dubuque Main St. LTD State Line Lake Preservation Junior Achievement Lake Mills drug and alcohol task force Rotary Club Multicultural Center St Mary Parish Fema Board Boys and Girls Club Dubuque Community School Board North Iowa Youth Center