Non-profit organizations in the state of Arkansas had a mixed reaction October 30, 2006 regarding the propose amendment I that would allow non-profits like them to organize and hold bingo games and raffles. Amendment I will be decided upon by the voters on November 7, 2006, and could give permission to charitable organizations that have existed in Arkansas for at least 5 years prior to the proposal of the amendment I to conduct bingo and raffle games provided that the money that they will be able to raise will be use solely for charitable, religious and philanthropic means. The pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Monsignor Richard Oswald, commented that some people in his jurisdiction have expressed their support regarding the amendment. He further added that some of his parishioners have some experience in this type of fundraisers like the "silent auction" they held last year and the Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary.
The junior vice Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter I, Ron Beene, welcomes the proposal with enthusiasm and commented that a clarification of the current rule would be great and they would be able to conduct fundraisers without worrying if they are breaking a rule or not. Amendment I states that the receipts from the bingo and raffle games could not be used to pay or compensate anyone who is a member of any non-profit organization. A commander of the VFW Post 8845 Sonny Rankin said that he did not know that the new restrictions could affect the gaming operations of the VFW Post because like the Tiles Avenue Hall who hosts bingo games every afternoon and used their profits to help out charitable activities and buy supplies and pay their employees.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006