Landmark: OVFCC Charitable Raffle Program Passes $5 Million Mark
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 11, 2013 — The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) is excited to announce that its video raffle pilot project has now raised over $5 million for Ohio charities.
These funds directly benefit veterans’ posts, fraternal lodges and hundreds of local 501c3 charities, with 50% going to veteran’s posts and lodges and 50% going to the 501(c)(3) charities throughout the state of Ohio (click here to see the list of charities this program benefits.). In addition, a portion of the money raised by the OVFCC goes to fund veterans’ service officers who assist Ohio veterans in filing benefits claims with the Veterans Administration. Last year these veterans’ service officers returned over $50 million in federal funds to the state of Ohio.
Attorney General DeWine has asked that veterans and fraternal groups seek legislation to clarify the law regarding video forms of bingo. The OVFCC is working to pass Charitable Video Bingo legislation, which will allow its member organizations to continue raising charitable funds to support local communities.
“Ohio’s veterans and fraternal organizations urgently need the Ohio General Assembly to pass Charitable Video Bingo legislation,” said OVFCC director Bill Seagraves.