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Local Charities Hit The Jackpot

Tuolumne, CA — Both Tuolumne and Calaveras county charities recently got a chance at a windfall of money thanks to Black Oak Casino.

Eleven non-profits were able to choose a representative to enter the cash cube full of swirling money and grab as much green as they could. In the past 13th years, Black Oak has given away almost $165,000, according to Black Oak Casino’s Marketing Director Al O’Brien, who says, “We had about 60 applications this year. We try to get different ones on a yearly basis so the same non-profits aren’t involved every year. A lot of them are smaller charities that don’t really have the fundraising mechanisms in place – this is a real windfall for them.”

O’Brien happily states that a total of $15,310 was grabbed in the cube. Here is the breakdown of the non-profits and the cash amounts hauled in this year:

  • Big Dreams:  $2,280
  • Duende:  $2,230
  • Sierra Hope:  $1,630
  • ATCA Homeless Outreach:  $1,490
  • Parents by Choice:  $1,320
  • Operation Creekside:  $1,280
  • HorseSpeak:   $1,270
  • NAMI:  $1,110
  • Calaveras Cancer Support:  $1,070
  • Mother Lode Wildlife Care:  $880
  • VFW post 3154:  $750