The amazing thing about working with REALTORS® is being able to help people in my community achieve their dreams. Much of the time my REALTOR® friends and colleagues help through the purchase or sale of a home, but sometimes it is through fund raising efforts. I have found that REALTORS® across the state have big hearts when it comes to helping those in their communities.
In 1986 Arkansas REALTORS® Association (ARA) President Wayne Camp helped focus the ARA on volunteering with the Special Olympics. All money raised that year went directly to ASO so a correct total of what REALTORS® raised is not available. However, it is estimated that $5,800 was raised that first year and it has only gotten better since then. In the 24 years since we began in 1986, ARA has raised more than $1,981,504!
We are a group with big hearts.
Over the years there have been many ways that Arkansas REALTORS® have raised money. In 1996 REALTOR® Mike Mackinder of Little Rock acquired the first boat, motor and trailer to help with fundraising. He obtained one every year until 2000. In 1996 and 1997 the boat was donated at no cost to the ARA. In 1998 and 1999, ARA purchased the boat. In 2000, a Kawasaki four-wheeler was obtained in lieu of the boat; in 2011 the ARA switched to a Polaris 4-wheeler. In 2001 and 2002 the ARA purchased the 4-wheeler. In 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, through joint efforts of REALTOR® Dorwin Shaddox of Harrison (who was Arkansas REALTOR®-of-the-Year in 1995 and ARA President in 2000) and Sandy Stroope (a Polaris dealer in Harrison), Polaris dealers across Arkansas joined together and paid for the Polaris 4-wheeler so its cost would not come from ARA fundraising money.
This year the Arkansas REALTORS® Association, RE/MAX offices throughout Arkansas and SeaArk Boats are proud to sponsor of a statewide raffle benefiting Arkansas Special Olympics. Starting on Monday, August 8th, REALTOR® boards throughout Arkansas will have raffle tickets available for purchase that might just win you one or more of these amazing prizes:
SeaArk Boats Aluminum 1542 MV Boat with Water Oak Camo Paint
15hp Suzuki Electric Start Motor
iPad 2 Wi-Fi 3G 16GB in Black with 360 degree rotating stand/case
Garmin Nuvi 1300T GPS Navigator, mount and case.
Olympus-PEN 12.3-Megapixel Digital Camera-Black-E-PL1 & 14-42mm Lens Kit & Olympus-40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Digital Zoom Lens
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 from one of Arkansas’s 37 local REALTOR® Board offices or by calling me, Amy Glover Bryant, at 888.333.2206. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, and winners need not be present to win, but they do need to be 18 years of age or older to participate.
House to House is written and distributed weekly by the Arkansas REALTORS® Association.