The National Council on Problem Gambling
730 11th St, NW, Ste 601
Washington, DC 20001
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return it by mail with your check (address is on the form) or fax it to 202.547.9206 with credit card payment.
Thank you for supporting NCPG in the fight to provide help and hope to problem gamblers and their families, and to help us help you and all our friends and colleagues in the problem gambling field.
Acknowledgements are below for donors as well as gifts made in honor of or in memoriam for a loved one or mentor. NCPG’s Board of Directors, staff and stakeholders extend our heartfelt thanks for your support.
Many thanks to everyone who has given to the 2012 Holiday Appeal and Matching Challenge.
Together we raised over $3,300 for NCPG's programs that help all those affected by problem gambling.
CARE/Florida (Richard Di Gregorio)
Mohd Mumin Kasim
Charles Maurer, PhD
Ty W. Lostutter, PhD
Marc N. Potenza, PhD, MD
Southwest Psychotherapy & Counseling, LLC (Audrey Ricker)
In honor of
In honor of all past and present people that give of themselves with unselfish and outstanding service.
In honor of and to help those seeking recovery.
In honor of the people of Massachusetts that will be or have been impacted by the efforts of NCPG.
In memory of D. Legg
Why you should give
Counting M&Ms in the gym.
Compassionate people like you provide help and hope to millions of people across our nation who are affected by problem gambling. The National Council on Problem Gambling works to prevent this addiction as well as provide access to treatment.
Our public awareness programs include training for Prevention Workshops with teenagers, such as counting M&Ms to create a physical embodiment of the odds of winning Powerball.
Students count how many M&Ms are on one piece of paper and are challenged to figure out how many pieces of paper it would take to cover their whole gym floor. And then how many gyms it would take to have 146 million M&M’s laid out – and how hard it would be to find ONE specially-marked M&M among all those gym floors full of M&Ms. 1 in 146 million equals how many gym floors covered?*
Many of our awareness programs incorporate our Helpline with translator capabilities - the only Helpline for gambling problems available from anywhere in the US (800.522.4700). Over the past decade more than 2 million people have dialed our Helpline, and each year the number of calls increases. With our state Affiliates, we provide callers with the critical help they need. But to continue to reach so many people, your help is needed.
*Answer: Gyms vary in size, but it would take 3 football fields to spread out 146 million M&M’s.
Help NCPG support a joyful holiday season for children.
Children hold a special place in our hearts, especially during the holidays. Sharing gifts is a wonderful holiday tradition, and NCPG is working to keep children happy and healthy this holiday season by encouraging adults not to give lottery tickets to minors. Many adults are not aware that early participation in gambling, and especially early ‘big wins,’ have a demonstrated negative long-term effect on children, making it more likely that they will develop a gambling problem.
Our annual Holiday Lottery Campaign is just one of our public awareness programs, aiming to bring education, prevention and access to treatment to the largest possible population. By partnering with lotteries and community service and healthcare organizations across the country and internationally, our ‘Give Responsibly: Lottery Tickets aren’t Child’s Play’ message will reach millions of people this holiday season. And many of our awareness programs lead those who may need help with a gambling problem to our Helpline - the only Helpline for gambling problems available from anywhere in the US (800.522.4700). Over the past decade more than 2 million people have dialed our Helpline, and each year the number of calls increases. But we can’t reach so many people without your help.
Dickens saw it over 100 years ago. We still see it today. Please help NCPG meet the challenge of problem gambling.
The child, in a perfect agony, drew her grandfather aside, and implored him to come away. "Come; and we may be so happy," said the child. "Let me go, Nell,” replied the old man hastily. “The means of happiness are on the cards and in the dice. We must rise from little winnings to great. I shall but win back my own, and it's all for thee, my darling." "God help us!" cried the child. "Oh! What hard fortune brought us here! Let me persuade you, then—oh, do let me persuade you," said the child, "to think no more of gains or losses, and to try no fortune but the fortune we pursue together."
- From The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens, 1812-1870
Although Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago, his keen observations of people are still relevant today. Gambling and its consequences are featured in many of his novels. In the excerpt above, 14-year-old Nell tries to persuade her grandfather, who loves her very much, to stop gambling to excess and focus on their life together. At the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) we hear similar stories from families every day.
Imagine that your 11-year-old daughter approaches you and says "Dad, I want to talk to you please." You say, "Sure honey, what is it?" She pleads with you to stop gambling. Imagine that you see her tears and then you tell her that nothing causing her to cry would be worth doing again; yet you go and do it over and over again. Have you not, at that stage, lost your human side to a formidable foe?!
- from Anonymous on Real Voices, NCPG’s web board for public postings, 2012
Your gift of $10, $26 for 26 conferences or $40 for 40 years of service will sustain our efforts to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
No gift is too small and all gifts are welcome – together we can help reduce the negative outcomes for people who get caught up in this devastating disorder. NCPG’s programs include:
• National Problem Gambling Helpline Network
• Holiday Lottery Campaign
• Risk Education for Athletes Program (REAP)
• National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
• National Conference on Problem Gambling
• National communications, including website, newsletter, point of contact for media
• National directory of counselors and treatment facilities that offer gambling-specific treatment
NCPG is the most objective voice on problem gambling and responsible gaming issues, with a 40-year history of impartiality and independence. In conjunction with our 35 state Affiliate chapters, we are in constant communication with important stakeholders from government agencies, gaming companies, treatment facilities and counselors, research groups and recovery communities. We also serve as an important source of information for journalists and legislators from across the country, who can and do call us every day with questions both basic and complex.
It’s easy to give online at www.ncpgambling.org/donatenow.
*NCPG respects the right of people in recovery to protect their identity; names and details used here have been changed.