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Shelly Perez.Shelly Perez, Missouri Lottery publications manager and responsible gaming coordinator, was selected today to receive the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling’s Service Award. The award was presented during the 2006 Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse in Kansas City. It is presented in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling over the course of the past year by an individual or representative of a member organization.

Perez, one of the founding members of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, has coordinated the Alliance’s comprehensive public awareness and prevention programs for more than eight years. She is the editor of the Alliance’s annual report and quarterly newsletter BETSOFF Bulletin and serves on the editorial advisory board of the Responsible Gaming Quarterly publication. She coordinates content and design of the Alliance’s Web site www.betsoff.org; develops news releases for a variety of Alliance events including Responsible Gaming Education Month and Problem Gambling Education Week; develops creative for Alliance youth prevention videos, Public Service Announcements and advertising campaigns; serves as intermediary to the Second Chance and ALL BETS OFF in-school problem gambling prevention programs; presents and exhibits at international, national, regional and local conferences and meetings on problem gambling and addiction; serves on planning and development committees including the past three Midwest Conferences on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse and the upcoming National Conference on Prevention, Research & Treatment of Problem Gambling to be held in Kansas City next June.

"Shelly has completed 60 hours of compulsive gambling counselor training and continues to study to increase her knowledge of the topic of problem gambling and addiction," said Joanne Collins, chairperson of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling. "Her hard work, innovation and dedication to raising awareness for the issue of problem gambling and the promotion of responsible gaming are a big part of the Alliance’s success. Her extraordinary commitment, support and service to Alliance members, problem gamblers and their families is worthy of special recognition."


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