National Council on Problem Gambling’s Annual Awards Honor Massachusetts Gaming Industry
During an annual awards ceremony, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) recognized key elements of the Massachusetts gaming industry by honoring MGC Commissioner Enrique Zuniga, SEIGMA researcher Rachel Volberg, GameSense Advisor Linh Ho, and Plainridge Park Casino.
Each year, the NCPG honors individuals and organizations from around the world for their efforts related to problem gambling and responsible gambling with a series of national awards, including lifetime Awards and annual awards.
This year, Commissioner Zuniga received a Service Award, which is given annually in recognition of “extraordinary volunteer contributions to the NCPG.”
Volberg received a Lifetime Research Award, which honors “a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of research to assist problem gamblers and their families.” As part of the MGC’s robust research agenda, Volberg’s team has conducted unprecedented research about the introduction of casinos in Massachusetts. This comprehensive series of studies, known as SEIGMA (Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts), is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
“This award for research is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of treatment on behalf of problem gamblers,” the NCPG wrote.
Ho, a Senior GameSense Advisor at Encore Boston Harbor, received the Joanna Franklin Annual Award for Direct Service, which is given annually to recognize achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families.
As part of the NCPG’s communications-related awards, Plainridge Park Casino received the Corporate Newsletter Award, which recognizes an outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter issue in the past year.
For more information about the NCPG’s awards and this year’s recipients, click here.