Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature charity program Heart of Canal Street pulled in $1.15 million this year to benefit 31 local children’s charities.
It marks the fifth consecutive year the fundraiser has surpassed $1 million.
As Potawatomi’s Charity of Choice, Safe & Sound received $100,000, while the other 30 organizations received $35,255.
Safe & Sound will use the funding to support as many as a dozen community projects in priority neighborhoods across the city.
“Donating over $1.1 million to our 31 Heart of Canal Street charities this year is the best way to kick off the holiday season,” said Melanie Martin, the property’s bingo director. “We can’t thank our bingo guests enough for their generosity and our employees for all of their hard work.”
Twenty of the organizations were randomly selected for the program in November. They joined 10 signature charities previously selected by Potawatomi’s media partners in August.
Heart of Canal Street funds are raised primarily through Canal Street bingo games played during every bingo session from August through mid-December.
The organizations that received donations this year include:
Charity of Choice
Safe & Sound
ALS Wisconsin Chapter—presented by Lamar Outdoor
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee—presented by Scripps Media
Girls on the Run—presented by Fox Sports Network
Life Navigators—presented by Milwaukee Radio Alliance
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra—presented by WISN 12
Muscular Dystrophy Association—presented by OnMilwaukee.com
Ronald McDonald House—presented by Clear Channel Outdoor
Running Rebels—presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music—presented by 88nine Radio
Zachariah’s Acres—presented by BizTimes Media
Randomly Selected Charities
Advocates of Ozaukee
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Artists Working in Education Inc. (AWE)
Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement, Inc. (ABLE)
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center
Casa Romero Renewal Center
Citizen Advocates of Washington County, Inc.
Family Service of Waukesha
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, Inc.
Friends of the Mukwonago Library
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Southeastern Wisconsin