WASHINGTON, October 25, 2007 –
The National Association of RealtorsÂ®, through the REALTORSÂ® Relief Foundation, is donating a half-million dollars to help the victims of the disastrous wildfires that have swept California and left thousands of people homeless.
â€œHelping people experience the American Dream of homeownership and building our communities are what RealtorsÂ® are all about,â€ said National Association of RealtorsÂ® President Pat V. Combs, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and vice president of Coldwell Banker-AJS-Schmidt Combs. â€œWe understand as RealtorsÂ® how rewarding it is to own your own home, and we can sympathize with how horrible it is to have that home go up in flames. For so many people to lose their homes in Southern California is heartbreaking.â€
NAR is also calling on its 1.3 million RealtorÂ® members to contribute to the REALTORSÂ®Â Relief Foundation, which distributes donations to help these and other victims of natural disasters. The call was made by Combs and REALTORSÂ® Relief Foundation President Martin Edwards, of Memphis, Tenn.; they are encouraging RealtorsÂ® across America to open their hearts and their pocketbooks to assist those who have lost their homes in California.
â€œWe are gratified for the rapid response by NAR in their efforts to assist RealtorsÂ®Â in California and other members of the RealtorÂ® family who have been impacted by the Southern California wildfires,â€ said Colleen Badagliacco, president of the California Association of RealtorsÂ®. â€œNARâ€™s contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund will go a long way in helping to mitigate the impact of the wildfires on our members and their families.â€
Contributions to the REALTORSÂ® Relief Foundation can be made online through NARâ€™s secure eCommerce Web site at www.realtor.org/relief. Contributions are tax deductible.
To make a contribution by mail, make checks payable to the REALTORSÂ® Relief Foundation and send to: REALTORSÂ® Relief Foundation, Attn: NAR Finance Division, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
RealtorsÂ® have been quick to respond to help victims of similar emergencies in the past, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the South Asian tsunami in 2004, sending supplies, volunteer labor and more than $6 million in financial assistance.
The REALTORSÂ® Relief Foundation was established to provide housing-related assistance to needy victims of disasters (including, but not limited to, affected relief and rescue workers), and their families, and for other charitable purposes permitted under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation may elect to provide assistance primarily or solely to victims who are members of the National Association of RealtorsÂ®.
The National Association of RealtorsÂ®, â€œThe Voice for Real Estate,â€ is Americaâ€™s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Bennington VT, Press Release