By MARLO BARNHART
With requests for crisis care, a shelter building and funds to operate the cold weather shelter, REACH received the biggest chunk of change Tuesday when the Washington County Gaming Commission distributed nearly $800,000 in tip jar gambling proceeds to 87 nonprofit organizations.
The total amount of money handed out from the last six-month period of gambling proceeds in Washington County was a record $1,569,515, with roughly half going to the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association.
Mandated by law, the Fire and Rescue Association received $778,507 while the nonprofits shared $791,008.
REACH, which stands for Religious Effort To Assist and Care For The Homeless, had asked for $48,753.20 for the traveling cold weather shelter, $50,000 for crisis care and $33,169.16 for a shelter building project, according to figures released Tuesday.