The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino hosted the Second Annual Non-profit Summit from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 in its Fireside Conference Room. Representatives from 58 local non-profit organizations attended to learn how to become eligible for receipt of unclaimed jackpot funds in 2015.

Mazatzal Hotel and Casino General Manager Roger Leslie kicked off the summit by presenting a check in the amount of $23,422.97 to Payson Mayor Kenny Evans. The distribution amount represents 12 percent of the total contribution for towns or counties for government services, including public safety, promotion of commerce and economic development The donations are specified by the Arizona State – Tonto Apache Tribal Gaming Compact.

Additionally, Michell Mari­nelli, president of the Tonto Apache Tribal Enterprises Employee Outreach Program, known as Frybread for Families, invited all interested non-profits to join in a multi-organizational effort to help as many Rim Country families in need as possible at Christmastime. This effort is called “Non-profits Coming Together” or NPCT. In 2014, nine local non-profits joined forces to provide gifts and clothing for the children of 50 families and put on a Christmas Carnival at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center for the families to enjoy.

For questions about NPCT, call Michell Marinelli at (928) 474-6044, extension 5304.

For questions about the casino’s Unclaimed Jackpot Program, call Patty Wisner at (928) 474-6044, extension 5501.

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