Annual Parking Lot Sale Fundraiser for Non-Profit


Reno Problem Gambling Center – 527 Humboldt Street



All proceeds benefit the Reno Problem Gambling Center, a non-profit counseling and treatment center meeting the needs of problem gamblers and their families.


We need your donations of good new/used items!  Call us and arrange a time to drop off or have your items picked up.

Here's what we are hoping for:

  • All kinds of new or gently-used furniture
  • Small and large appliances, still working great
  • Books
  • Outdoor and camping gear
  • Tools, still working well
  • Antiques and "picker collectibles"


You may call the RPGC (775-284-5335), email, or come visit us Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m.  Thank you!

From My Office:  Denise F. Quirk


Taking a break with our Chairwoman of the Board, Judy Cornelius at the 15th International Conference on Gaming and Risk Taking held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in May 2013, I enjoyed many excellent moments of sharing stories and learning more about gambling research taking place around the globe.  It was a poignant event which honored the founding father of the ICGRT, Dr. Bill Eadington.  His family, fellow scientists and friends spoke with great respect for all the knowledge and excellence he contributed in gaming and economics.  It was delightful to hear stories both from Judy, who worked by Bill’s side for 25 years and was intimately familiar with the workings of the ICGRT, and other friends such as Dr. Bo Bernhard of UNLV, who is doing a fantastic job of filling Dr. Eadington’s shoes and leading the next generation of professionals in our field.  I was honored to be a recipient of a Caesar’s Scholarship and it made my experience at the conference even better!


It was a thrill to bring our Gambling Patient Placement Criteria (GPPC) manual to be shared during the book author’s showcase.  The GPPC was shared and discussed again when Colin Hodgen and I presented, “ICD, DSM, ASAM, GPPC, OMG! – Taking the Disorder Out of Gambling Disorder,” as part of a panel discussion.  We were warmly received and have been invited to take the presentation to another national conference.  We will be presenting in Anaheim at the NCAD (National Conference on Addiction Disorders) September 23, 2013 with the esteemed Dr. David Mee-Lee, editor of The ASAM Criteria.  It will be exciting to present to a new audience, as the substance abuse disorder groups that attend this conference are likely to be different than the folks we often meet at problem gambling conferences. It’s a great opportunity to share what is working so well at RPGC!


The Reno Problem Gambling Center was well represented at the ICGRT, including our Advisory Board member and the executive director of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, Carol O’Hare, Colin Hodgen of the RPGC and Renegade Counseling, and fellow Certified Problem Gambling Counselors and interns from around the state.  This conference was filled with international specialists who bring incredibly significant and cutting-edge research to us.  One of my favorites was learning about Internet gambling research in Australia from Dr. Sally Gainsbury of Southern Cross University.  Anyone wishing to discover all of the great presentations will find them at


You can see that our focus for this newsletter is a combination of great accomplishments, great friends, and great opportunities to help more gamblers and their families.  Coming up in a few short weeks will be our third annual Parking Lot Sale Fundraiser, on Nevada Day, Friday October 25th from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm at 527 Humboldt Street. 

What can you do to help?  Many things!

  • First, you can donate new and gently-used items for the sale.  Call me and we’ll have a day set aside for picking up donations.
  • Second, you can help spread the word by forwarding this newsletter or a flyer (I’m attaching the flyer if you’d like to print or email it) to lots of family and friends.
  • Third, you can bring yourself and your friends on the day of the sale and help us sell, or just shop and visit!
  • Fourth, we need pop-up shade, and lots of it!  In previous years the warm Nevada sunshine nearly melted some of our all-day volunteers…so please let Denise know that you are bringing shade; we can use at least 4 or 5.
  • Fifth, advertising and marketing.  What wonderful ways can you help us get the word out?  TV? Radio? Newspaper? Bulletin Board? Blog? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram?  Whatever your method is, we need you to share, please!

The really exciting thing about this year’s Parking Lot Sale is that there will be food trucks!  We are lining up some delicious surprises for you to enjoy throughout the day on Friday October 25th, so tell others and please come and enjoy!  I’ll be giving tours of the Center and gladly answering questions about all the good things we do throughout the day.


Thank you for your support!

Denise F. Quirk

CEO and Clinical Director, RPGC

(775) 284-7275 –

Meet Erin, our newest RPGC addition!
Our newest RPGC addition, Erin Chapel, is a military spouse and mother of five wonderful kids. She has been a successful business owner for the past 23 years but as her children have begun 'leaving the nest', she's determined to spread her wings and make a mark on the world in a new, meaningful way. Erin is passionate about veterans' issues and recognizes that ultimately, the problems RPGC clients are seeking treatment for transcend numerous demographic boundaries. She is currently pursuing licensure for both problem gambling counseling and alcohol and drug counseling. She will graduate with her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling in December after which she intends to pursue state licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor. She is also in the final stages of becoming endorsed as an EMDR therapist by the EMDR Institute. 

In her spare time Erin enjoys boating with her husband and children (the more the merrier), long walks with her puppies Hope and Bruce, singing with her family and playing the piano (she has played for over 35 years), and traveling. One of her most memorable trips was to Russia two years ago with her eldest son. Erin hopes to become a great asset to RPGC and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from the best.


Please join us in welcoming Erin to the RPGC team! 


Get Office and School Supplies and Support the RPGC!


Did you know… you can get great prices on all your office and back to school supplies, have them delivered conveniently to your door in as fast as two business days, and have a portion of each sale go to support the RPGC?  It's true!  The RPGC has partnered with It's My Community Store to help raise funds and support our efforts to help those with gambling problems.



Simply make the purchases you've already planned on making through It's My Community Store.



Select the RPGC as your preferred non-profit during checkout and that's it!  



The best part is it doesn't cost you anything extra!  So remember us when it comes time to get school supplies and office materials!  Order often to keep supporting the RPGC in their mission to serve Northern Nevada.


So help us spread the word!  Everyone can join in supporting the RPGC and it couldn't get easier!


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Reno Problem Gambling Center

527 Humboldt St
Reno, NV 89509

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