Two Boys' fees top $1.4 million for work since 2006
According to state records, Manchester bingo consultant Two Boys LLC has earned $1.46 million in service fees from charities since Jamie Timbas started the company in 2006.
Last year, Two Boys earned $184,047.56 in service fees from four charities.
The largest share, $86,998, was paid by Catholic War Veterans, amounting to 46 percent of the $191,149 the group raised from bingo and lucky 7 tickets last year.
That's because CWV has special permission from the charitable gaming commission to allow Two Boys to run its weekly bingo games at Manchester Bingo Center.
State law allows such exemptions for organizations whose members are all physically or mentally disabled, or both, with the approval of the commission.
Catholic War Veterans and Special Olympics are the only New Hampshire charities granted such exemptions.Timbas said it took about six months for the commission to give approval for CWV to hire him to run their bingo games. And at first he got only a six-month trial period.Timbas said about $55,000 of the fees CWV paid him last year went to his managers. "It sounds like a lot of money, but there's a tremendous amount of work involved," he said.
A lot of that work is in managing sale of the pull-tab tickets, from which the charities actually make most of their money, he said. "Bingo itself is a loss leader," he said.
Timbas also runs games for his church, the Hellenic Orthodox Community of St. George; for Upper Room family resource center in Derry and for Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.
According to state records, St. George paid Two Boys 41 percent in service fees from the $93,305 raised in bingo games last year; Assumption Church paid 33 percent of the $86,814 raised; and Upper Room paid 30 percent of its $99,675.
Timbas, who is also a registered lobbyist, said he doesn't handle the charities' money; the volunteers deposit the proceeds each night and pay him later.
He said the system works. "The charities are happy, obviously, if they've been with me for 10 years. The state is happy."
"It's a good relationship."
Russell Bilodeau, state commander of Catholic War Veterans, said the group used to run its own games. But with mostly elderly members, it became too difficult to properly keep records and fill out paperwork. So they asked the state to let Two Boys take over.
Bilodeau said he wishes CWV got "a little bit more" of the revenues. "Even the state kind of balked a little bit at it.
"But they realized in the end we had to go this route if we were going to stay alive," he said.
And the arrangement has worked out well, Bilodeau said; the veterans even get to use the bingo hall for meetings, free of charge.
"I like the relationship we have now with Two Boys LLC," Bilodeau said. "Is it expensive? Yeah, it is in a way, but there was really no other recourse.
"I know where all the money's going. Everything balances out. I don't have to worry about paperwork, and it's worth it, it really is."
According to Timbas, his wife, Kimberly Timbas, owns the Manchester Bingo Center with Manchester developer Dick Anagnost. Jamie Timbas and Anagnost also are partners in Granite State Poker Alliance, which operates in the same former cinema complex.
When Timbas first registered Two Boys LLC (named for his two sons) with the Secretary of State's Office in 2006, his agent was John Kacavas, now the state's U.S. Attorney.