The American gaming industry came together for an incredible cause and smashed previous fundraising records at the 14th annual AGEM/AGA Golf Classic Presented by JCM Global.
This year’s tournament was themed “The Drive for $1m” and raised a single-year record US$133,000, pushing organisers well past their stated goal of raising $1m over the life of the tournament.
Adding extra emphasis to the event’s success, AGEM renewed its title sponsorship for another two years.
Sponsored by the AGEM and the AGA, the AGEM/AGA Golf Classic Presented by JCM Global is a fundraiser for the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), the only national nonprofit organisation dedicated to funding research on gambling disorders and increasing awareness about responsible gaming.
Alan Feldman, chairman of the NCRG and senior vice president of public affairs at MGM Resorts International said: “Hitting the $1m mark is an incredible accomplishment. The NCRG is grateful for the continued support of AGEM, the AGA, JCM Global and the tournaments players and sponsors. The money raised will help us fund more of the highest quality research and education programs about gambling disorders and responsible gaming than ever before.”
AGEM President Thomas Jingoli added:“AGEM and our 115-plus member companies from around the world are extremely supportive of this event and the positive impact it has on the gaming industry’s overall efforts to build on the important work being done by the NCRG. This month, the AGEM Board of Directors unanimously agreed to renew AGEM’s title sponsorship of the event for another two years. Beyond the substantial financial commitment, AGEM and our members will be working closely with the superb team at JCM to ensure the event’s continued success.”
Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, said: “We are thrilled to have played a part in this truly exceptional year for the tournament – both in bringing the total raised for the NCRG to more than a million since the tournament’s inception and shattering the record for funds raised in a single year. Our industry has always stepped up when it comes to supporting research and education on responsible gaming, and this is yet another example of the industry putting its money where its mouth is. We thank everyone for their contributions and look forward to many more successful years to come.”
“We are overwhelmed and grateful for the outstanding outpouring of support the gaming industry has given to this event over the course of the last 14 years, and for stepping up and pushing us past our million dollar goal this year. Operators, suppliers, regulators, a test lab, gaming media – literally the entire industry was represented, and we are thrilled to be able to make such a large donation to the NCRG to help advance their incredibly vital work,” said JCM Global President Aki Isoi. The tournament took place May 1 on the award-winning greens of Cascata in Boulder City, Nevada. More than 130 players from across the gaming industry spectrum participated.