Day’s Pay – Honoree

Each year at the Reach Foundation’s Annual fundraising Day’s Pay event, we honor and recognize a community member that has provided unwavering dedication and service to support the mission of the Reach Foundation and the REACH Museum.


This year, we are excited to announce our two honorees at this year’s event, which will take place on Friday, August 27th, 2021: Mr. Allen Brecke and Mrs. Maureen Hamilton.


We want to recognize these two amazing individuals for their contributions and ongoing support in ensuring that the story of Mid-Columbia River Region, its people and its impact to the world that we live in today is shared through a variety of channels so that our region’s history continues into future generations.

Mr. Allen Brecke

Mr. Allen Brecke

Allen Brecke became involved with the Capital Campaign Steering Committee (CCSC), a large group of volunteer leaders representing many constituencies, tasked with fundraising to build The REACH in 2009. That committee was originally co-chaired by Rufus Friday and Lynn Peters, and met regularly at the Tri-City Herald building in Kennewick. When Lynn Peters moved on, Mike Kluse took his place. When Rufus Friday moved on, Allen took his place as co-chairman, in 2011. 


In 2013, the organization restructured to form a foundation qualifying for tax deductible donations (section 501(c)(3)) and most CCSC members transitioned to form the Reach Foundation board. The former CREHST Museum board also merged with the Reach Foundation. 


In February 2014, Allen became the first president of the Reach Foundation and served on its executive and membership committees. The purpose of the Reach Foundation was to support The Reach mission, support and advocate for The REACH and continue with fundraising. Allen served as the Reach Foundation president until the spring of 2017 and continued on the board through December of 2019. 


He remains as a Patron of the Reach Foundation, having donated over $200K throughout the years. He is also a major sponsor of the Manhattan Project Exhibits in Gallery II and produced a “documentary” in memory of his father, which plays inside the gallery.


Through his generosity, passion and dedication to preserving the history of our community, we are proud to celebrate and recognize Allen Brecke at this year’s event.

Mrs. Maureen Hamilton

Mrs. Maureen Hamilton

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in the mid 70s to work at Hanford.  After retirement I continued to stay involved with science and education by volunteering at CREHST, the precursor to The Reach Museum.  I served briefly on the Board for the Reach.  Being a patron, volunteering as a docent, and assistant to the education programs was the natural next way to contribute to a good cause.