RANWIL members help needy children

For the 17th consecutive year, the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois (RANWIL) raised money to purchase coats, hats, boots, snow pants and blankets for two students from each class at six elementary schools in Freeport.

Students received their gifts in December during a party at the RANWIL office in December. REALTORS® Jule Brooks (Preferred Real Estate of Illinois, Freeport), Cheri Frisbie (Preferred Real Estate) and Toni Howard (Preferred Real Estate) helped organize the party, along with Freeport attorney Tony Coon. For three straight years, Coon has been Santa during the party.

Officers are: President Angela Stodden (United Country Heartland in Galena), President-Elect Lisa Radke (Choice Realty in Freeport), Treasurer Kimberly Boldt (Winter and Associates in Freeport) and Secretary Sue Altensey, GRI (Keller Williams of Rockford).  Pam Borowski is the association executive.

(This is the 18th in a series about the charitable community work performed by local Illinois REALTOR® associations and local offices during the last two months of 2016. Previous stories were about the Capital AreaChampaign County,  EgyptianFox ValleyGreater Gateway, Heartland, Kankakee Iroquois FordLamoine ValleyLivingston CountyNorth Shore-BarringtonNorthwestern Illinois, Peoria AreaQuad CityRockford AreaSouthwestern Illinois associations, as well as the Chicago YPN and the RE/MAX Traders Unlimited office in Peoria. To share a story idea, contact bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org.)

Heartland members ring bells and collect Toys for Tots

(l to r) Pam Wagner & Kathy Schaid.

The Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO) staffed two Salvation Army bell-ringing stations and supported a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation drive in December.

Bell Ringing

The Heartland Cares Task Force used 32 members, affiliate members and staff to keep the bells ringing and the donations flowing to the Salvation Army in Crystal Lake and McHenry during REALTOR® Ring Day, Dec. 1. The funds raised will be used to help local individuals in need.

“Despite the chilly temperatures, the event was a great success,” said HRO CEO Jim Haisler. “Last year, our crew was able to fill at least one bucket, so this year the Salvation Army swapped out our buckets halfway through the event. Heartland would like to thank those who volunteered their time and joyful demeanor to ring bells in the cold weather. We’d also like to thank those in the community who donated.”

Volunteers included:

  • Brian Augustine, Academy Mortgage;
  • Susan Bocian, BMO Harris Bank;
  • Dennis Hernandez (family of staff member);
  • Joe Hernandez (family of staff member);
  • Heidi Peterson, RE/MAX Plaza, McHenry;
  • Joe Pratt, First American Title;
  • Deb Quinnett, Coldwell Banker Honig Bell, McHenry;
  • John Reinert, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Starck Real Estate;
  • Kathy Schaid, KD Schaid Appraisals;
  • Pam Wagner, Century 21 Roberts & Andrews; and
  • Dawn Zurick, OK & Associates, REALTY Plus.

Get more photos on the Heartland Facebook page.

hro-logoToys for Tots

About 65 HRO members also donated approximately 100 toys to the Toys for Tots campaign so that economically disadvantaged children could receive them for Christmas.

“All of the donated gifts that night were wrapped and then distributed to needy children within McHenry County,” said HRO President Jacqueline Lechner, who thanked affiliate members for sponsoring the event, as well as those who donated.

Officers for Heartland are: Lechner, president (Berkshire Hathaway HomeService in Palatine); Kris Brown, secretary-treasurer; and Kathleen Ricketts, secretary-treasurer (Century 21 Affiliated in Algonquin). Haisler is the chief executive officer.

(This is the 17th in a series about the charitable community work performed by local Illinois REALTOR® associations and local offices during the last two months of 2016. Previous stories were about the Capital Area, Champaign County Egyptian, Fox ValleyGreater GatewayKankakee Iroquois FordLamoine ValleyLivingston County, North Shore-BarringtonNorthwestern Illinois, Peoria AreaQuad City, Rockford AreaSouthwestern Illinois associations, as well as the Chicago YPN and the RE/MAX Traders Unlimited office in Peoria. To share a story idea, contact bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org.)

RAFV helps Salvation Army in Aurora and Elgin

(l to r) Tracey Carlstedt, Julie Kellenberger, Natalee Dismuke, Candace Neal, Gus Harshburger, Pat Pazy, Wanda Brost, Jeff Brost, Valerie Maulson, Lauren Williams and Michael Simpson.

Members of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV) volunteered to help the Salvation Army for several projects in Elgin and Aurora during November and December.

RAFV members helped the Salvation Army distribute food to Elgin and Aurora families for their Thanksgiving dinners. “The work was hard and the air was cold but the gratitude we received from all we helped that day made it well worth it,” said Lisa Ayers, director of RAFV communications and social media.

In December, several offices such as Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Geneva and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate collected toys and gifts for needy families in the Angel Tree program. RAFV also provided hours of help distributing Angel Tree gifts to families at the Elgin and Aurora Salvation Army locations.

During this holiday season, RAFV members helped the Salvation Army Elgin and Aurora serve and make the holidays brighter for over 10,000 children and families in the Aurora and Elgin communities.

Officers are: President Betty Ebert-Rylko (Baird & Warner, St. Charles), President-Elect Mark Coleman (Coleman Land Company, St. Charles), Treasurer Michael Simpson (Lifestyles Real Estate, Inc., Elgin) and Secretary Renee Naffziger (Baird & Warner, St. Charles). Chris Studebaker is the chief executive officer.

(This is the 16th in a series about the charitable community work performed by local Illinois REALTOR® associations and local offices during the last two months of 2016. Previous stories were about the Capital Area, Champaign County Egyptian, Greater GatewayKankakee Iroquois FordLamoine ValleyLivingston County, North Shore-BarringtonNorthwestern Illinois, Peoria AreaQuad City, Rockford AreaSouthwestern Illinois associations, as well as the Chicago YPN and the RE/MAX Traders Unlimited office in Peoria. To share a story idea, contact bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org.)

NSBAR members help homeless dogs and cats

Angelique Walker, manager, Heartland Animal Shelter, with her car full of donations from NSBAR.

North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) collected 518 pounds of dog and cat food, as well as more than $2,300 of pet toys, blankets and other items during a holiday food drive for two area animal shelters.

All donations were given to the Heartland Animal Shelter and Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions, two local no-kill animal shelters that house and feed dogs and cats awaiting their forever homes.

  • Heartland Animal Shelter houses more than 120 homeless cats, dogs, puppies and kittens at its Northbrook facility. The shelter educates the public on the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent pet overpopulation problems.
  • Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions in Palatine was started in 2005 because homeless older cats and dogs, who once were longtime companions to families or individuals, were usually passed over in favor of younger animals and euthanized. These pets became homeless because their owners died or could no longer afford to keep them.

The top two offices with donations were: Keller Williams in Barrington and Coldwell Banker in Barrington.

Special thanks to the following offices for their participation: Baird & Warner in Barrington, Baird & Warner in Glenview, Baird & Warner in Highland Park, Berkshire Hathaway in Lake Forest, Berkshire Hathaway in Northbrook, Coldwell Banker in Glencoe, Coldwell Banker in Winnetka, Coldwell Banker in Northbrook, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty in Evanston, RE/MAX Advisors, RE/MAX Villager and Synergy Realty and Property Management.

NSBAR members helped more than 150 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens during this holiday season!

NSBAR donations for Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions filled this vehicle.

Officers are: President Carrie Healy (Jean Wright Real Estate in Winnetka), President-Elect Ian Robinson (Baird & Warner in Glenview) and Secretary/Treasurer Joel Raynes (Coldwell Banker Residential in Wilmette). The Association Executive is Steve Volkodav.

(This is the 15th in a series about the charitable community work performed by local Illinois REALTOR® associations and local offices during the last two months of the year. Previous stories were about the Capital Area, Champaign County Egyptian, Greater GatewayKankakee Iroquois FordLamoine ValleyLivingston CountyNorthwestern Illinois, Peoria AreaQuad City, Rockford AreaSouthwestern Illinois associations, as well as the Chicago YPN and the RE/MAX Traders Unlimited office in Peoria. To share a story idea, contact bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org.)

 

PAAR raises $25K for 28 area food pantries

PAAR REALTOR Michelle Nau with Rev. Craig D. Williams, co-executive director of the South Side Mission in Peoria. The mission is one of many helped by the PAAR annual turkey drive.

The Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) sponsored its 30th Annual Turkey Drive this holiday season, raising $25,000 to help individuals and families in the Peoria area to enjoy a meal this holiday season.

Monetary donations collected were used to purchase Kroger gift certificates distributed to 28 area food pantries in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton and McDonough counties.

In addition to accepting monetary donations, specific area restaurants also donated a percentage of sales during designated times on specific days to benefit the PAAR CARES Turkey Drive. The PAAR CARES Foundation is a charitable organization where contributions are tax deductible.

“This was our 30th year in sponsoring the PAAR Turkey Drive. Over 37,000 turkeys have been donated to area food pantries over these past 30 years, to help families in need to enjoy a holiday meal,” said Jana Heffron, president of the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®. “We expanded our program to invite members of the public to help contribute to our cause as well through the PAAR website at www.309mls.com.”

Every year, Peoria area REALTORS®, get involved in the “Annual Turkey Competition”, a friendly face-off between REALTORS® and companies to collect the most dollars raised. The winning real estate company receiving the travelling trophy this year is RE/MAX Traders Unlimited.

The annual PAAR Turkey Drive is a 30-year tradition which was started in 1986 with 100 donated frozen turkeys.

The Turkey Drive remains a steadfast tradition in helping to support the needs of our community and assist those who are struggling financially,” said Heffron. “Each of the organizations we serve has a growing list of individuals needing assistance. We extended our fundraising time to raise as much as possible. We thank the restaurants who also participated in this year’s program and the community for their support in helping us meet our fundraising goals. This is the most the REALTORS® have ever raised through our Turkey Drive with 100 percent of the funds going back to our community,” said Heffron.

Officers for PAAR are: Heffron (Keller Williams Premier Realty, Peoria), President-Elect Mary Ann Ladendorf (Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Pekin), and Secretary/Treasurer Suzanne Miller (Jim Maloof Realty, Inc., Peoria). PAAR is the “Voice for Real Estate” in the greater Peoria area, with over 700 members engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. PAAR advocates for property owners and on behalf of a healthy business community.

(This is the 14th in a series about the charitable community work performed by local Illinois REALTOR® associations and local offices during the last two months of the year. Previous stories were about the Capital Area, Champaign CountyEgyptianGreater Gateway, Kankakee Iroquois Ford, Lamoine Valley, Livingston County,  Northwestern IllinoisQuad City, Rockford AreaSouthwestern Illinois associations, as well as the Chicago YPN and the RE/MAX Traders Unlimited office in Peoria. To share a story idea, contact bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org.)