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Makes $10,000 donation in memory of John Margold’s son

Chicago, IL – The AAMCF announced today the donation of $10,000 to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, an independent not-for-profit organization that provides support for the families of military personnel and veterans that are lost in service or severely wounded.  Intrepid Fallen Heroes is funded completely by donations made by the public.

Rick Kirby, the 2014 Life Time Achievement award recipient, has requested that this be his charity of choice. With money raised in Rick Kirby’s honor, this donation is made in memory of Matthew Kaufman, an Iraq combat veteran who struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Matthew is the son of Julie Shelffo and John Margold, the SVP of Sales at AMI Entertainment, past AAMA Chairman and longtime veteran of the Amusement industry.

The AAMCF would like to challenge its membership and the community to donate to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in memory of Matthew Kaufman.  Donations may be made online at www.fallenheroesfund.org/Donate.aspx or via mail to

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund


One Intrepid Square

W 46th Street & 12th Avenue

New York, NY 10036

“We want to honor Matthew’s memory and to help military families in need,” said Rick Kirby. “Our community is so generous – we believe we will be able to make a difference for those that have sacrificed for our country.”

Lifetime Award Charity Ad Journal


Three years ago, the AAMA dramatically changed the way we honor our annual Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. We now celebrate the honoree with a Lifetime Achievement Award – Souvenir Ad Journal, the proceeds of which go to support AAMCF Charities. We’re so pleased to share with you that over these 3 years, this souvenir ad journal has raised over $165,000 for AAMCF Charities. That speaks volumes to the character and quality of the individuals being honored and the charitable nature of you, our members.

We hope you’ll help us celebrate David by placing a congratulatory ad in the Lifetime Achievement Award Journal honoring him for this prestigious recognition. The Ad Journal will be distributed during our Annual Meeting Gala Dinner on October 5, 2017. Net proceeds will go towards supporting children’s charities including Children’s Miracle Network and Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN).

This year’s honoree, David Cohen, continues the tradition of recognizing outstanding individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our industry. David’s been affiliated with Firestone Financial since 1986 and in 2000, was appointed President and CEO. In August of 2015, Firestone became a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, a $9.3 billion full service bank. Today, he provides direction for the strategic initiatives of the company, participates in the generation of new business development, serves as a member of the Senior Credit Committee and leads the planning and policy-making functions of Firestone Financial.

Join us in celebrating the lifetime achievements of David Cohen!
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AAMCF office at 847.290.9088. We thank you in advance for your participation and generosity when it comes to our fundraising efforts.

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J. Richard Oltmann Memorial Scholarship

oltmann-photoJ. Richard Oltmann, an amusement industry icon, celebrated life as an accomplished operator, location owner, game designer and all around innovator. His passion and generosity for the industry were unsurpassed. From classes and tours at his Enchanted Castle location to one-on-one consulting sessions with industry colleagues, Richard dedicated his life to the betterment of the industry.

In 2010, Mr. Oltmann was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA). Mr. Oltmann was known as one of the most creative minds in the industry for uncompromising locations he ran and the award winning products he designed and produced. His brilliant business acumen was only surpassed by the high standard of integrity he held himself to, the compassion he displayed towards others and his generous sharing of best-practices with the entire industry. “It is my passion to give back all that I learned to make this industry a better place than when I started,” he said when presented with the award in Las Vegas.

Mr. Oltmann lost his courageous battle with cancer on May 30th, 2015. In keeping with his passion and focus on education, his wife of 51 years, Diane; son, Richie; and daughter, Dawn, have worked with the American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation (AAMCF) to establish the J. Richard Oltmann Memorial Scholarship Fund. The AAMCF is honored to be a part of continuing Richard’s legacy.

Applications now accepted!

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To donate to the J. Richard Oltmann Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact an AAMCF representative at 847.290.9171 or email [email protected]

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