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Dubuque Racing Association awards $1.1 million to nonprofits

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The Dubuque Racing Association announced at its Tuesday board meeting it's distributing a total of $1,114,123 between 159 area charitable and non-profit organizations.

The not-for-profit Dubuque Racing Association contracts with the city to operate Mystique Casino and Dog Track. At the end of every year, the DRA gives a portion of its profits to the City of Dubuque for capital improvement projects and another portion to area charities and nonprofit organizations.

The grants announced Tuesday range from $1,431 to $25,000, with an average grant of $7,007.

A total of 47 organizations received full funding for their projects. Forty-nine of the 159 recipients were schools or school districts, which received a combined total of $264,821, or 24 percent of all grant money.

Nearly 46 percent of the funds went to organizations within the city of Dubuque. That percentage increases to 67.3 percent when broadening the geographic range to organizations within Dubuque County.

The DRA distributes funds annually from its operations. This year, through the DRA's disbursement, the state of Iowa received $12,417,557, the City of Dubuque got $5,952,934, and Dubuque County received $301,324.

In fiscal year 2013, the DRA also paid a total of $16,786,930 to its nearly 450 employees in payroll and benefits.

Recipients include the following:

- America's River Corporation, which received $25,000 for America's River Festival enhancements

- Dubuque's Audubon Elementary School, which received $5,000 for iPads

- Dubuque Main Street, Ltd., which received $10,000 for LED holiday lights for downtown Dubuque retail districts

- Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, which received $7,500 for timpani cases and library acquisitions

- The Holy Cross North Buena Vista Fire Department, which received $2,138 for forestry supplies

- The Marine Corps League, which received $4,710 for Marine Corps League Detachment 101 Honor Guard wardrobe

- Peosta Elementary School, which received $7,500 for the Peosta Elementary School Security Camera Project

- St. Vincent de Paul, which received $12,500 for its food voucher program

- The Veterans Freedom Center, which received $4,400 for new wood craft shop equipment and supplies, plus computer upgrades

A list of all 159 grant recipients and their projects are HERE: http://www.dradubuque.com/pdf/2014%20Grant%20Award%20media.pdf

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