Real­tors group gives through ‘Se­cret Santa for Se­niors’

Other fundrais­ers, drives held through­out the year

Maryland Independent - - Business -

The South­ern Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors wrapped up its year of char­i­ta­ble giv­ing with the an­nual Se­cret Santa for Se­niors project. Many of these se­niors re­ceive lit­tle or no vis­i­tors through­out the year.

Wish lists were ob­tained by mem­bers of SMAR’s com­mu­nity re­la­tions com­mit­tee by work­ing di­rectly with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Some items re­quested in­cluded CDs, books, jew­elry, win­ter cloth­ing and, of course, choco­late.

“The Com­mit­tee de­liv­ered gifts for 187 res­i­dents at nine lo­ca­tions in the tri-county area,” Theresa Leonard, the 2017 chair of the com­mu­nity re­la­tions com­mit­tee, said in a re­lease. “The par­tic­i­pa­tion by gen­er­ous SMAR mem­bers and friends made this pos­si­ble. Thank you to ev­ery­one who helped.”

SMAR’s com­mu­nity re­la­tions com­mit­tee also or­ga­nizes other ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, in­clud­ing food and coat drives (220 coats were col­lected this year), sci­ence fair schol­ar­ships ($750 schol­ar­ship is given to the first place win­ners of the sci­ence fairs in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties), es­say and poster con­tests to pro­mote fair hous­ing and a “bras and draw­ers for the cause” fundraiser, which raised more than $9,000 to ben­e­fit A Mes­sage of Hope Can­cer Fund in 2016.

They were also hon­ored to win a Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Re­al­tor Ex­cel­lence Award given by the Mar yland As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors for their mem­bers’ out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity. The award came with a $9,000 prize, which was dis­trib­uted among eight South­ern Mary­land char­i­ties.

SMAR’s Young Pro­fes­sion­als Net­work do­nated $1,000 from event pro­ceeds in April 2016 to Christ­mas in April Charles County. In ad­di­tion, they or­ga­nized a Re­al­tor vol­un­teer day through Christ­mas in April Charles County on April 30 to as­sist a se­nior cit­i­zen’s home in Bryans Road. They are look­ing to or­ga­niz­ing a vol­un­teer day again in 2017 through Christ­mas in April Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties.

“Not only do Real­tors look out for the in­ter­est of home­own­ers, home­own­er­ship and pri­vate prop­erty rights, we be­lieve in giv­ing back where we live, work and play,” 2017 SMAR Pres­i­dent Lisa Van Tas­sel said in the re­lease. “Our mem­bers did an awe­some job giv­ing back to our com­mu­ni­ties this year.”

The South­ern Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors is a trade or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to serv­ing its mem­bers and the wider South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity. They ad­vo­cate for pri­vate prop­erty rights and en­sure the high eth­i­cal and pro­fes­sional stan­dards es­tab­lished by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors are ad­hered to by mem­bers. The group of­fers its mem­bers dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, ca­reer ad­vance­ment, ad­vo­cacy, pro­fes­sional net­work­ing, and per­for­mance recog­ni­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, go to www. som­dreal­tors.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Candide Rayle, left, Jen An­der­son, Raina Rath, Terri Davis-Her­bert, Terrie Leonard, Dessie Her­bert, Chri­sine Wa­then and Lindsay Clark as­sist with the South­ern Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors hol­i­day giv­ing pro­gram.

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