BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Twenty-four hours of giving to those who need it most. A first of its kind fundraiser at the Maryland Live! Casino brings new life to nearly 200 nonprofit charities.

Christie Ileto has more on the big marathon event.

They’re an economic pillar for Maryland’s bottomline. Thursday, Maryland Live! and the doers and donors of the state are giving back.

“It’s an opportunity for us to help facilitate and reach into so many different organizations,” said Rob Norton, Maryland Live! Casino.

The Great Give, a 24-hour online fundraiser, raised more than $675,000 for more than 170 Anne Arundel County nonprofits.

“We know how hard it is to raise mission critical operating funds,” said Bess Langbein, Community Foundation, Anne Arundel County.

And it’s helping nonprofits, like Sarah’s House, serve even more homeless families and help those get back on their feet.

“We usually serve up to 30 to 40 families at any given time, which can be a total of up to 125 people–again, keeping in mind that most of those are kids,” said Bruce Clopein, Sarah’s House.

The goal was to raise $1 million, but fundraisers say any amount goes a very long way.

“Last year, we did about $1 million in charitable support,” said Michael McHale, Hospice of the Chesapeake.

McHale says that support includes care for 5,000 uninsured families.

“A child needs pediatric hospice care, but they don’t have insurance for that,” he said. “We’re going to go ahead and pay for that care, but we’ll use these funds to offset those costs.”

The charitable funds keep Maryland families getting the help they need to get by.

Last year, about $606,000 was raised. This is the charity’s second year holding the fundraiser.

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