Bocce Bash, the 5th Annual Strikes for Responsible Gaming fundraiser organized by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), was held on Thursday, May 11 at LaFleur’s 2017 Lottery Symposium.

The event is hosted by TLF Publications, a media outlet for information about the lottery industry, in partnership with their La Fleur’s Lottery Symposium.

Participants at the charitable event enjoyed an evening of food, fun and bocce at Pinstripes in Washington, DC, with proceeds benefitting the NCPG.

Now in its fifth year, the Strikes for Responsible Gaming event allows symposium attendees to network while helping a good cause.

“Huge thanks to all the event sponsors: Connecticut Lottery, Scientific Games, Virginia Lottery, IGT, Gameology, Linq3, and Vision Critical, and of course and especially Terri Markle, Bruce La Fleur and Byron La Fleur of TLF Publications for hosting this event during their DC Symposium,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director (in absentia), NCPG. The event was managed by NCPG staffers Barbara Rollins, Lissa Cobetto and Christina Wingate.

By coming together at events like Strikes, NCPG can develop creative, collaborative and common-sense responsible gaming programs. The charitable contributions also help sustain the assocation’s national safety net of prevention and treatment programs throughout the country.”

“La Fleur’s Magazine was delighted to partner with the National Council on Problem Gambling and promote its Strikes for Responsible Gaming event. Since our company has moved the conference to George Washington University, it just made sense to change the social venue from to Georgetown. Pinstripes allowed our attendees to enjoy Italian cuisine and a new sporting challenge (bocce)!” said Terri Markle, President & CEO of TLF Publications. “Lotteries work extremely hard to raise awareness about excessive gambling and where people can go for help. This event served as a fundraiser as well as a networking opportunity for lottery officials and their vendor partners. We are glad our conference can be a platform to educate and discuss this issue.”

The wide array of attendees included lottery and gaming executives from across the country and around the world. Proceeds support NCPG’s programs, including the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) which receives approximately 300,000 calls per year, and newly expanded access through text and online chat.
The Helpline is a vital lifeline that connects people experiencing a gambling problem and their families to help in their area.

NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming.