Who's your charity? Legislators raise money for charity at the casino night

Barry Wilfhart of the Dakota Sioux Casino was nice enough to provide a recap of the charitable gaming night held last Thursday night at the Ramkota Inn which raised money for the favorite charity of each legislator.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate charitable gaming night legislative event held last Thursday, February 22nd. 79 legislators attended and played blackjack for their favorite charity. $13,630 was won and will be contributed to the charities by Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribes gaming operation. (see the results sheet below distributed Tuesday to the legislature)

This was the third year for this event, one that has rapidly become one of the legislator's favorites.

We want to thank everyone who attended the event. We enjoyed visiting with you about our recent expansion project and plans for future growth pending successful gaming compact negotiations with Governor Rounds. We look forward to seeing you next year.

The results of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Charitable Gaming Night are below:


Sen.

Dan Sutton

Crystal Theatre

$650

Rep.

Bob Faehn

Prairie Lakes Hospice

$600

Rep.

Manny Steele

Christian Center Elementary

$510

Sen.

Jim Lintz

Hermosa Fire Dept

$500

Rep.

Larry R. Rhoden

Central Meade County Community Center

$415

Rep.

Phyllis M. Heineman

Operation Cares

$400

Rep.

Tim Rave

Children's Home Society Sioux Falls

$375

Rep.

Al Koistinen

Watertown Christian School

$320

Sen.

Frank J. Kloucek

Scotland Public Schools

$315

Rep.

Justin J. Davis

Ipswich Volunteer Fire Dept

$300

Sen.

Orville B. Smidt

Brooking County Youth Mentoring

$300

Rep.

David B. Gassman

Canova Park Light Fund

$290

Rep.

Don Van Etten

Bethany Christian Services RC

$250

Rep.

Steve Street

American Cancer Society

$245

Rep.

Hal Wick

Sioux Falls Catholic Schools

$245

Rep.

Dan Ahlers

Salem Women's Group

$215

Rep.

Jamie M. Boomgarden

Vermillion Food Pantry

$210

Sen.

Jean Hunhoff

Avera Sacred Heart Hospice

$210

Rep.

Joni Cutler

SD Network Against Family Violence

$205

Sen.

Alan C. Hoerth

Alice Bovggreu Music Fund NSU

$200

Sen.

Nancy J. Turbak

Prairie Lakes Hospice

$200

Rep.

Tim G. Rounds

Pierre and Sisseton B & G clubs

$200

Rep.

Charlotte Gilson

Susan G Komen for the Cure

$175

Rep.

Eldon E. Nygaard

Vermillion Food Pantry

$175

Rep.

Paul Nelson

Lake Preston Teen Center

$175

Rep.

Larry J. Lucas

RC Youth and Family Services

$160

Rep.

Tom Hills

Spearfish Boy Scouts

$150

Rep.

Charles M. Turbiville

St. Joseph School Pierre

$150

Rep.

Kim L. Vanneman

Winner City Transit

$150

Sen.

Tom Hansen

Beadle County 4-H

$140

Rep.

Quinten L. Burg

Jerald County 4-H

$130

Rep.

Keri K. Weems

Central Baptist Preschool

$125

Sen.

Sandy Jerstad

Diabetes Assoc

$120

Rep.

David Sigdestad

Bristol Centennial Fund

$110

Rep.

Kenneth McNenny

Meade County 4-H

$105

Rep.

Jim Bradford

Sioux Ann Big Crow B&G Club

$100

Rep.

Thomas J. Brunner

Northern Hill Pregnancy Care Center

$100

Rep.

Michael Buckingham

Black Hills Children Home

$100

Rep.

Lance A. Carson

Mitchell Area SAFE House

$100

Rep.

H. Paul Dennert

Westport Baseball Field Lights

$100

Rep.

Brian Dreyer

Storybook Island

$100

Sen.

Jay L. Duenwald

SD Right to Life

$100

Rep.

Burt Elliott

Aberdeen Hospice

$100

Rep.

Richard A. Engels

Children's Inn

$100

Rep.

Marc Feinstein

SD March of Dimes

$100

Sen.

Jason M. Gant

St. Michaels Church Sioux Falls

$100

Rep.

Mary Glenski

SF St Joseph Cathedral Schools Scholarship Fund

$100

Rep.

Tom Hackl

St. Anthony Church Hoven

$100

Rep.

Clayton Halverson

Sisseton Women's Circle

$100

Rep.

Alan Hanks

St. Elizabeth Seaton

$100

Sen.

Gary D. Hanson

Tekawitha Nursing Home

$100

Rep.

Jeffrey Haverly

Women Against Violence RC

$100

Sen.

Jim Hundstad

Aberdeen Hospice

$100

Rep.

Roger Hunt

Salvation Army Sioux Falls

$100

Sen.

Jim Peterson

Nesselhuf Prison Ministries

$100

Sen.

Tom Katus

American Indian College Fund

$100

Rep.

Mark Kirkeby

Minneluzahan Senior Citizens Center

$100

Rep.

Shantel Krebs

Miss South Dakota organization

$100

Rep.

Kristi Noem

Hamlin County 4-H Fund

$100

Rep.

David Lust

Wellspring RC

$100

Sen.

Ryan Maher

Sioux YMCA Eagle Butte

$100

Sen.

Royal McCracken

Black Hills Children's Home

$100

Rep.

Ed McLaughlin

Journey Museum RC

$100

Rep.

Kathleen Miles

SF St Joseph Cathedral Schools Scholarship Fund

$100

Rep.

Garry A. Moore

None Designated

$100

Sen.

Ben Nesselhuf

Prison Congregations of America

$100

Rep.

Al Novstrup

Aberdeen Boy's and Girl's Club

$100

Rep.

David Novstrup

Aberdeen Boy's and Girl's Club

$100

Sen.

Ed Olson

Mitchell CASA

$100

Rep.

Betty Olson

Reva SD Rural Fire Dept

$100

Rep.

Gordon Pederson

Wall Post 246 American Legion

$100

Rep.

Deb Peters

Glory House

$100

Rep.

Carol A Pitts

East Central CASA

$100

Rep.

Larry J. Tidemann

Brookings Diabetes Foundation

$100

Sen.

Theresa Two Bulls

Ellen Stephen Hospice

$100

Rep.

Val Rausch

Big Stone City Birthright

$100

Rep.

Thomas Van Norman

Cheyenne River BE & G Club

$100

Rep.

Mike Vehle

Mitchell Area SAFE House

$100

Rep.

Mark K Willadsen

29-90 Sportsman's Club Conservation Camp Fund

$100


As you can see, Dan Sutton was the big winner this session (as if we thought that phrase would be uttered) winning $650 for the Crystal Theater.

Congratulations to the lucky legislators, the charities, and special thanks to the Dakota Sioux Casino and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate for their generosity and the event.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Is Shantel's donation for the Miss South Dakota Organization going towards makeup, hairspray or cosmetic surgery?
Anonymous said…
WOW, Sutton can gamble in more places than just the bedroom!
PP said…
okay, I know I started it, but don't go too far on the Sutton jokes.
Anonymous said…
I thought Rep. Peters would maybe donate hers for nasal research,every time I see her on TV she's sniffling and scratching her nose.
Anonymous said…
Barry Wilfhart of the Dakota Sioux Casino was nice enough to provide photos for free advertising.

The rest of the advertising-- to keep South Dakota dependent on gaming-- comes in the form of legislators having fun--for free and feeling good about it because it helps out their favorite charity as well.

Feels kinda sinister to me.
Anonymous said…
I assume that the 50% that "won" $100 would have gone home broke at the casino but were awarded a consolation prize by the casino.

So in a regular, noncharity, night the bottom half of the score card would have paid for the top half of the score card. Of course the casino would have skimmed off their half first. Right??
Anonymous said…
12:16: Huh?
Anonymous said…
Just wondering if people are ever happy???
If i was there $ would have gone towards hospice or CASA...both are great organizations as many others.

just be happy for once, please

PS: Sounds like Deb P. has allergies! That is a sure sign of them.
Anonymous said…
12:16 is obviously correct in his analysis. Good thinking. And in case you're wondering ,it's pronounced will-fart.
VJ said…
"Gambling--all types of gambling--is driven by greed and subsists on greed." James Dobson

Oh, I forgot. Some only carry the "Dobson" banner at election time.
Anonymous said…
"dobson" banner? Isn't that special. Don't worship false idols, VJ.
12:16 said…
8:36 AM:
12:16 is obviously correct in HER analysis

7:27 AM:
Let me explain it slooowwerr.
Gambling works only because someone loses. This night for "charity" (actually 12:08 is right--"advertising" is more accurate!) cost the casino over $13,000.

More than half of the legislators lost ALL their chips. They would have gone home broke on a regular night but for this event the casino gave their charity $100—even though they lost everything.

On a regular night of gambling the $100 that each of the legislators lost playing cards would have gone to pay the winners with the casino skimming off any excess. And they make sure that there is excess!

On a regular night of gambling the real losers are the wives that no longer have grocery money, the children that don’t get a warm coat, and the guy that doesn’t have gas to get to work in the morning. The other real loser is the tax payer who pays for the food stamps, feeds the child breakfast and lunch at school, and pays the unemployment check when the guy gets fired because he can’t get to work. The children become the broken pieces when divorce is born of the addiction. Then we hire counselors to help those with gambling addictions who have lost everything and build prisons to lock up the guy who steals because his kids are hungry and he lost all his money gambling. Our state’s addiction to gambling money is an awful blight, a disgrace, and we DO NOT come out ahead in the end.

12:08 is right—sinister.

12:16
Anonymous said…
Brought to your by the same gang that put up the money to repeal video lottery so they could be the only game in town. How special.
Anonymous said…
Doesn't just about every special interest group in the state hold an event of some kind for the legisaltors? McDonald's, Sioux Valley, Cities, Counties, Schools, SDSU, labor, teachers, beer distributors? --- I count over 100 this session.

At least this one gave something back to charities.

That is a first!!
Anonymous said…
Face it anyone making a buck these days is "sinister"

What about Sanford medical. His money was on the backs of thousands of "secured" credit cards (preditory lending) and he is being hailed a hero.
Anonymous said…
Good advertising/promotion.

Wish we would have come up with something this cleaver. I think we even charge the legisaltors for drinks.

Probably the most notice any legislative event has ever received. And that is the point isn't it? If legisaltors are talking with them about their issues something is bound to stick.

Nice job Dakota Sioux Casino.

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