The Dubuque Racing Association (DRA), d.b.a. Mystique Casino, is a dynamic community resource, acting as a catalyst to enhance the quality of life and financial well being of the tri-state community by operating a model greyhound racetrack and gaming facility, which is a premier, growth oriented, diversified, tourism destination.
The DRA's lease with the City of Dubuque provides that 50 percent of the Association's funds available for distribution at the end of the fiscal year are returned to the City of Dubuque and 50 percent are allocated for charitable distribution through the DRA Grant Award Program. Of the 50 percent set aside for charitable distribution, 25 percent is given to local charities annually and the other 25 percent is invested into an endowment fund.
The DRA has a history of giving, awarding more than $30 million to charitable organizations, like the National Education for Agricultural Safety. Since 1996, NECAS has receive nearly $80,000 to fund safety-training programs, create marketing materials, purchase valuable rescue tools and other safety equipment. The Dubuque Racing Association is proud to support NECAS in their effort to make the community a better and safe place to live, work and play.
We have been extremely pleased and proud of our partnership with NECAS and Nationwide to provide top quality training and education programs for the GROWMARK System employees.
We've conducted training of on a variety of needed subjects like: OSHA standards, grain safety, fire extinguishers and fire prevention, crop application, anhydrous ammonia safety, forklift train-the-trainer.
The state of the art NECAS training center has the space and equipment to do training we never could before. With classroom and hands-on training, we have safer and better trained employees, which has resulted in fewer accidents and losses, saving our systems' bottom line costs.
Nationwide was pleased to donate funds to the enhancement of The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) because we recognize the unique agriculture focus of the NECAS training facility. Our companies believe a safe workplace is essential to the success of the businesses we serve. In fact, nearly one-in seven of our full-time associates work in a loss control capacity. As such, it makes good sense to partner with NECAS professionals who share our dedication to protecting the lives and properties of farmers and agribusinesses.