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Mayor to give money to REACH, Holly Place

January 26, 1999

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Tuesday he was making two $500 contributions, one to REACH, a Hagerstown cold weather shelter, and another to Holly Place, an assisted-living facility in Hagerstown.

During the 1996 mayoral campaign, Bruchey said he would give away $4,000 a year from his $28,000 annual salary from the city. The contributions account for part of that money.

Since taking office 18 months ago, Bruchey has given or pledged $3,000 to the United Way of Washington County.

Earlier this month, the mayor announced contributions of $500 to a Fountaindale Elementary School reading program and another $500 to the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund.

The mayor also plans to give away three $1,000 college scholarships in June or July.

Holly Place, which is on South Potomac Street, had been in danger of closing until last weekend when a fund-raiser raised more than $18,000 for the center. The center needed to raise about $11,500.

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