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The latest from the DRA

Schmitt Island Renderings

Newly released Schmitt Island renderings

DRA announces Core Grant recipients at July Full Board meeting.

DRA announces Core Grant recipients at July Full Board meeting.

Southwest Wisconsin organizations receive Core Grant Award!

Congrats to our friends and neighbors in Southwest Wisconsin who were awarded a 2022 Core Grant. Thanks to Platteville City Manager, Adam Ruechel (2nd from right), Erik Flesch, The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums (Middle) and Angela Wright, Grant Writer, and active community volunteer (Far Right) for making the drive to attend the announcement last week! #WithDRA

Woman from DRA & Diamond Jo Leadership team at WLN Annual Connect Event at Dubuque Golf & Country Club

Kathy Buhr (DRA/Director of Strategic Philanthropy and Schmitt Island Development), Wendy Runde (Diamond Jo/Vice President & GM), Lisa Potter (Diamond Jo) and Jennifer Theide (Diamond Jo)

City Council Members visit Schmitt Island!

City Council Members visit Schmitt Island! 

Hills & Dales Visit

Alex & Kathy visited  our friends over at Hills & Dales!

DRA Donates to Dyersville Inc Events

DRA Donates to Dyersville Inc Events

Kathy Buhr (DRA/Q Casino) and Wendy Runde (Diamond Jo Casino) present check to Dyersville Inc Events.

The Dubuque Jaycees July 3rd

The Dubuque Jaycees were presented with a $25,000 check to support the annual July 3rd Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular.

DRA & Q Casino team volunteering at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society

DRA & Q Casino team volunteering at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society

DRA & Q Casino team at the Southwest Health Golf Outing.

DRA & Q Casino team at the Southwest Health Golf Outing.

International Center for Responsible Gaming appoints Alex Dixon to its Governing Board.

International Center for Responsible Gaming appoints Alex Dixon (President & CEO of DRA/Q Casino) to its Governing Board.

River Museum River to Sea 2.0 Exhibit

Alex and Kathy stopped by the River Museum to check out their Rivers to the Sea 2.0 Exhibit and 3D Theatre.

Fountain of Youth Open House

Kathy and Alex stopped down to the Fountain of Youth's open house. Caprice got to explain some of the wonderful things he's doing to help the community.

Optimist Club of Platteville

The Road Show led Kathy & Will to Platteville. We got to present who the DRA is and what we do, We also got to hear about all the wonderful things the Optimist Club does as well.

Steeple Square Guest Bartending

Alex (President & CEO of DRA), Wendy (GM of Diamond Jo Casino), and Kevin Lynch (DRA Board Chair)  guest bartending for tips at Steeple Square on 5.25

DBQ Trees Forever

The team took some time out of their busy schedules to plant some trees with Dubuque Trees Forever.

April 2022 Board Meeting

Marie Ware, Leisure Services Manger for the City of Dubuque, leading a walking tour of Schmitt Island following the April DRA Board of Directors meeting. 

 

First and latest check to the City of Dubuque

Latest check to the City of Dubuque. Given in February 2022.

Board at the Retreat

DRA Board at the 2022 Retreat

$1 Billion Impact Since 1985

$1 Billion+ economic impact in the Dubuque area since 1985.

DRA Impact Over the Years

Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, funded with the help of a $750,000 contribution by the DRA

QSO Begins

In 2008, the Diamond Jo Casino opened an $84 million land-based casino. As the QSO for Diamond Jo Casino, the DRA is responsible for distributing funds received from them back into the community.

Addition of casino

In 2005, Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino completed a $33 million renovation, more than doubling the casino size from 11,675 sq/ft to 29,600 sq/ft.

Busy day at the races

The Dubuque Greyhound Park opened for it’s first day of live racing on June 1, 1985. A typical day at the races included a full parking lot, including an average of 20-30 buses, with the record being 48 buses in a single day of racing!

Opening Day

As the nation’s first and only nonprofit greyhound race track, the Dubuque Greyhound Park had it’s inaugural day and ribbon cutting on June 1, 1985. 

Come out and play!

Iconic “Come Out And Play!” slogan and graphic for the Greyhound Park.

Construction Begins!

Construction begins of the Dubuque Greyhound Park.

First DRA Board

First DRA Board

Back the Track

Concept and scaled model of the Dubuque Racing Association Greyhound Track. Members of the community went door-to-door with this campaign to “Back The Track”.