|Action||Promulgation of Charitable Gaming Regulations by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including electronic gaming provisions|
|Comment Period||Ended on 11/23/2022|
My name is Kasey Binion and I am a resident of Chesterfield County and member of Manchester Richmond 699 Moose Lodge located in North Chesterfield. I serve on the District and State levels of our Association as well. As you consider new charitable gaming regulations, I urge you to consider all of the activities in our Lodge and community that proceeds from charitable gaming allows us to support.
Our organization, established over 100 years ago, primarily provides for the health, welfare, and education of over 200 children at our child city of Mooseheart. Additionally, we provide shelter, healthcare, and active living for our senior members at Moosehaven. Support of our twin cities is the cornerstone of our organization, but we also support many other at large charities that benefit our community. As a member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, we support the following charities:
Mooseheart/Moosehaven Fisher House @ McGuire Hospital Chesterfield Fire Station #4
MAC Program Sitter/Barfoot Rehab Center Manchester HS Choral Boosters
Camp Baker Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center Chesterfield Fire Station #20
Special Olympics Area 6 Disabled American Veterans Richmond Animal League
American Heart Association Chesterfield Food Bank Service Dogs of Virginia
VCU Children’s Hospital Youth Awareness Program Vetshouse Inc.
Alzheimer’s Association of GR Forest View Rescue Squad Salvation Army
VCU Massey Cancer Center Homeless Vets @McGuire Hosp. Susan G. Komen Research
Richmond Hornets 11u Team RVA Humble Beginnings Senior Games
DSAGR Chesterfield Christmas Mother Manchester Rescue Squad
Cub Scout Pack #1892 Boys & Girls Club Virginia House at Mooseheart
NWTF Safe Surfin’ Foundation Chesterfield County Police Fdn.
Old Dominion Cott. Moosehaven Chesterfield Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation
The Gaming Machines provided at our Lodge not only benefit several other state and national charities, it helps to provide funding for payroll, maintenance, and operating costs. Without the use of these funds, we would not be able to provide our community the financial assistance and support that we currently do. Many of our smaller lodges in the state would have to close their doors all together. Some of them are located in rural areas where government funding isn't appropriated well and a lodge is that community's only resource of immediate help.
I urge you to oppose or drastically reduce the restrictions and taxation in any future regulation of gaming in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Give us the opportunity to continue to put money directly into the hands of those nonprofits that sometimes don't have the ability to wait for government funding to come down the pipeline to keep their organizations afloat as well. With over 80 lodges in the state, these proposed regulations will put many Virginians out of work.
Since 1936, lodges in the Virginia Moose Association have slowly been hurt through the years because of state regulations tying their hands. Passing anything that cuts our allowance to use the funds from charitable gaming to pay for operating expenses and the new taxation will surely sever our hands from serving our communities.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.