Glaser Golf Ben­e­fit set for Oct. 5

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The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors has been mak­ing a lo­cal im­pact in Santa Fe through a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties this sum­mer. The 3rd An­nual Nate Blaser Golf Ben­e­fit will be hosted by SFAR onOct. 5 at the Santa Fe Coun­try Club. Last year, the event raised over $22,000. All pro­ceeds will go to the Sky Cen­ter New Mex­ico Sui­cide Preven­tion Project im­ple­ment­ing pre­ven­tive ser­vices to de­crease risk be­hav­iors re­lated to sui­cide and in­crease re­siliency and re­con­nec­tion to fam­ily, school and com­mu­nity sup­port. The event is held in re­mem­brance of all fam­i­lies who have been af­fected by the ter­ri­ble tragedy of sui­cide and was named by Jill Ben­jamin af­ter the death of her dear son, Nate. The as­so­ci­a­tion hopes these monies will con­tinue to shed light on a sub­ject that is of­ten­misun­der­stood, ig­nored or over­looked.

It’s a great, fun golf ben­e­fit fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of prizes in­clud­ing Hole-in-One with Kia of Santa Fe pro­vid­ing a new car, a putting com­pe­ti­tion, men’s and women’s long­est drive, clos­est to pin along with first, sec­ond and third place teams. Raf­fle tick­ets for other prizes will be sold, with a live auc­tion held at the end of the tour­na­ment for twoWolf Creek Ski Re­sort sea­son passes. To spon­sor the event or learn­more about par­tic­i­pat­ing as a golfer, con­tact the as­so­ci­a­tion at 982-8385.

The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors Wel­come Guide has been up­dated and is now avail­able on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site at www.sfar.com. The guide pro­vides valu­able in­for­ma­tion for new­com­ers to Santa Fe, in­clud­ing how to get util­i­ties con­nected, trans­porta­tion modes, how to pay your prop­erty taxes, avail­able so­cial ser­vices, recre­ation and sport groups, home­owner tips, how to reg­is­ter to vote, things to do in the area and a Santa Fe lingo sec­tion to help those new to Santa Fe pro­nounce some of our streets and places like an old-timer.

Representatives from the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors have been work­ing to help launch a new com­mu­nity-based coali­tion of 20 or­ga­ni­za­tions called the Santa Fe Hous­ing Ac­tion Coali­tion. The coali­tion is de­voted to cre­at­ing more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions for peo­ple of all in­come lev­els through ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and ad­vo­cacy. The coali­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions will work to­gether to ad­vo­cate for a se­ries of sys­temic and struc­tural pol­icy changes to cre­ate more hous­ing op­tions for ev­ery­one, from peo­ple who are home­less to peo­ple who want to buy a home, and to help en­sure that ex­ist­ing af­ford­able hous­ing is pre­served. As­so­ci­a­tion staff and mem­bers have agreed to serve in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties on the coali­tion and lead­er­ship coun­cil as well as serv­ing on the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and out­reach, busi­ness, pol­icy, and fundrais­ing com­mit­tees.

Lastly, SFAR was suc­cess­ful in gar­ner­ing a $500 Good Neigh­bor Award grant from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors to honor a Real­tor mem­ber who has sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to our com­mu­nity through his or her gen­er­ous vol­un­teer time, en­ergy and skills. SFAR’s Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Com­mit­tee will be charged with de­vel­op­ing award guide­lines and mak­ing any fi­nal de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the award re­cip­i­ent. The award is sim­i­lar in de­sign and struc­ture to a na­tional Good Neigh­bor Award pro­gram an­nu­ally sup­ported by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. And to keep pay­ing it for­ward, the award­monies will be do­nated to the Santa Fe Good Neigh­bor Award re­cip­i­ent’s char­ity of choice.

Rubel “Paco” Arguello is chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. Con­tact him at 505-982-8385 or paco@ sfar.com

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