In addition, $500 contributions were made to the Lancers marching band, the graduation parties for local high Air Max Mid Cut
That cut totaled $9,700 in 2007, down from $12,500 collected the previous year.
There were also $500 grants to the North Mankato elementary school parent teacher organization, the local cancer society and the Dakota Meadows Middle School Public Achievement Program. Two local youth sports organizations that don't directly sponsor pull tab operations a girls fastpitch softball program and another for youth football received $500 grants as well.
About a dozen other non profit organizations eligible for a piece of the city's share of the gambling proceeds ranging from the Sharing Tree and Toys for Tots to sports programs for soccer and lacrosse weren't funded.
The City Council Tuesday night approved the distribution of the 10 percent. The only organization to see an increase was the scholarship program at the North Mankato based South Central College, which received $1,200 compared to $1,000 in previous years.
Charitable gambling declines
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The gambling money, which comes mainly through pull tab sales and is a revenue mainstay for a variety of local organizations, dropped 22 percent last year, according to a report to the North Mankato City Council Tuesday night.
Smaller $250 donations went to Youth in Government and camping scholarships through the YMCA and YWCA.
The city is no longer making a direct contribution to the Mankato Area Symphony, which is now affiliated with Twin Rivers.
on the youth athletic organizations and other charities that are the licensed beneficiary of a particular bar's charitable gambling operation.
Other factors such as the opening or closing of a bar can cause revenue to fluctuate from year to year. Even comparing the 2007 proceeds to the average revenue over the three years prior to last year, however, shows a 17 percent decline.
But there's also smaller repercussions for a broader list of organizations that don't have a gambling arrangement with a bar. That's because the city takes 10 percent of the Nike Air Max 95 Animal Pack net profits of the charitable gambling conducted in North Mankato, an activity that goes on in nearly all of the city's bars, and distributes it to other eligible organizations.
schools, the leisure activities program for developmentally disabled residents and the YMCA/YWCA Big Brother and Big Sister program.
and the Twin Rivers Center for the Arts, a new organization that saw its contribution drop from $3,000 a year ago when the city wanted to help it with start up costs.
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"The smoking ban going into effect (on Oct. 1), the general economy, $3 gasoline probably all impacts charitable gambling," City Administrator Wendell Sande said.
The same amount was provided for Mankato Area Public School activities not funded by the district, including travel to national competitions.
The slumping economy, rising energy prices and the smoking ban are possible culprits in a steep decline in charitable gambling proceeds generated in North Mankato bars in 2007.
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