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. 29     Problem Gambling 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 Gambling 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.



Facebook Posts

If you're talking to your children about alcohol, drugs, and sex, please include a conversation about gambling as well. It is not a harmless alternative, it can be just as devastating.Not sure how to talk with your kids about gambling? Here are some tips. Also, go to maineproblemgambling.org/ to learn more. #GiftResponsibly ... See MoreSee Less
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I'm a little late to the table, but if you're looking for a great cause to don#GivingTuesdayingTuesday, O.G.A.O is it! We are working to get the message of hope and help out to those who need it. Please go to our website for more infoWww.ogao.org. thank you ... See MoreSee Less
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Such an amazing day bringing mental health first aid kits to McKenzie River event. 3 years ago their community was forever changed by wild fires, they come together each year since to show support for each other, offer help and be together. It was an honor to join then this year. Also, the live music was AMAZING! I loved all of it. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 years ago in the first picture, today for the rest. Thank you Bridgeway Recovery Services for hosting an amazing event year after year. We handed out over 80 mental health first aid kits at the Run for Recovery in Salem. I am so blessed to be supported, encouraged and loved by this crew. I didn't get pictures with Julie Hynes, Roger, or Tim but boy do I appreciate them! RAD event next Saturday, McKenzie River event on Sunday then Health and Wellness Expo at Lane Events Center in Eugene the following weekend! Its been a busy couple months! We're so blessed. ... See MoreSee Less
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So today is PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS DAY, Happy Heavenly Birthday to my brother Bobby. 28 years ago we started working to help others understand what gambling addiction was. We created an organization in his honor, we share a message of help and hope, we've paid our way to many conferences, speaking engagements, tabling events, done the paper work and foot work to keep his spirit alive and help other families avoid the pain we've endured. We have had amazing support from a few places, Lane County, Oregon Health Authority, STOP Predatory Gambling as well as a few individuals. We've petitioned for and received signed Proclamations from Oregon governors since 1997. I am so disappointed to say, although they support what we're doing, Governor Kotek did not issue us one this year. She will post about it on social media at some time today tho.My hope today is the same as it's always been, may our message reach those who need to hear it today. Please TAKE A BREAK for 1 day. I love you Bobby. ... 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.