Bally’s Twin River in Lincoln hosted its ninth annual holiday blackjack tournament, an event that brings together various state representatives and participants in order to raise funds for nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Winners of each raised funds for the following groups: Sen. Frank Lombardi, First-Place Winner, received $10,000 for RI Community Food Bank; Sen. Dominick Ruggerio, Senate President, Second-Place Winner, received $7,500 for Saint Edward Food & Wellness Center; Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, Third-Place Winner, received $5,000 for Mary House Food Pantry & Shelter; Rep. William O’Brien, Fourth-Place Winner, received $3,500 for Veterans of Foreign War; Rep. Jacqueline Baginski, Fifth-Place Winner, received $2,500 for CALL Fund c/o Cranston Police Department; and Michael Sabitoni, President, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, Sixth-Place Winner, received $1,500 for St. Mary’s Home for Children. A total of $60,000 was donated by Bally’s, with 36 players participating on behalf of their selected Rhode Island charities. All charities received a minimum $1,000. To date, approximately $540,000 has been given to local charities from this annual festive holiday event.