is Oregonians for Gambling Awareness Organization and we are a 501 (c) (3) public charity. It was incorporated in 2000, five years after  Ronda Hatefi’s brother was afflicted with Gambling Addiction and died by suicide. Through her story, she is spreading the message that No Problem Gambler Stands Alone and there is Hope and Help for problem Gamblers.


Upcoming Events

Sept. 9     Eugene Farmers Market   9:00 – 3:00     –At Farmers Market Pavallion 8th & Oak


Sept. 24     Out of Darkness Walk     9:30 – 12:00      –At Alton Baker Park, Eugene


Sept. 29     Problem Gamblers Awareness Day


Sept. 30     Run for Recovery            9:30 – 12:00      –At Riverfront Park, Salem


Remember to take time for yourself, and also friends and family. Please help make sure everyone is taking care of Mental Health.

NCPG Conference

O.G.A.O. was recently at the National Conference in Washington D.C.

Oregon Gambling Hotline:

1 – 877 – 695 – 4648

1 – 877 – MY – LIMIT

Stop Conference

Ronda Awarded Salt of the Earth Award from Les Bernal – National Director of STOP

The Story

July of 1995 changed our lives forever.  My 28 year old brother Bobby could no longer handle the addiction of gambling.  He chose to take his own life after his calls for help failed. My Mom was happily married to my Dad for 54 years, they had 5 child…

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O.G.A.O. has been speaking and spreading the message of Hope and Help at Conferences and Media outlets across the country. But we need your help to reach more people and help others. Please Donate at our Donations page [Support] so we can fight this together.


is Problem Gamblers Awareness Day, which is September 29th, in honor of Bobby’s birthday. Ronda has petitioned and received a signed proclamation by the Governor of Oregon every year since 1997. This was the first recognized day for Problem Gambling in the United States, and helped to create National Problem Gamblers Awareness Week in March.


The Dove

The story of the Dove is the message of the release of addiction. Ronda used homing pigeons in one of the first Problem Gamblers Awareness Day. The video will be coming soon, as well as more history on the Dove.

The History

We are in the process of digitizing old news clips and old newspaper articles. This is a work in progress and we will upload as we proceed. There are some clips up on our youtube channel for now.



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I will be at the Eugene Farmers Market tomorrow 9am - 3pmCome make your own Mental Health First Aid Kit! Let's talk about 21st annual Problem Gambling Awareness Day. If you gave up gambling for one day, what would you do with your time and money? ... See MoreSee Less
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If you took a break from gambling for 1 day, what would you do with your time and money instead? ... See MoreSee Less
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Tomorrow is September, a month that prepare for, plan for, look forward to and struggle with. Bobby's birthday always brings so many emotions. Having his day be a recognized day not only in Oregon but across the Country is something I'm proud of, if you know my story you know in the beginning I just didn't ever want him to be forgotten. We will be celebrating him throughout the month, sharing his story, walking in the Out of the Darkness Walk, participating in Run for Recovery to support others who struggle, and talking to those about what they would do with their time and money if they were to not gamble for a day. Please drop your thoughts here. Let me know if you have any questions or I can help in any way. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you talk to your child about alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, please don't leave gambling out of the conversation. It is just as important, and can be just as devastating.Don't let gambling be the thing you WISH you had talked to your kids about more. More info on how gambling can affect teens and talking points can be found here 🟢 ow.ly/twar50Phu8M ... See MoreSee Less
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We want you to know there is hope and help,

you are not alone.

– Ronda hatefi – founder of o.g.a.o.