House to House: Arkansas Realtors® Raise over $88,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas
Arkansas Realtors® have a long-standing tradition of community involvement, making a difference in the neighborhoods in which they serve. Realtors® volunteer their time and effort with numerous charities and worthy causes on a local, state and national level. The Arkansas Realtors® Association encourages Realtors® to do what they can to give back & make a difference in people’s lives.
For almost 30 years, the Arkansas Realtors® Association (ARA) and its members have worked to raise funds for Special Olympics Arkansas (SOAR). Over those 30 years Arkansas Realtors® have raised over $2 Million Dollars which was distributed to Special Olympic Areas around the state. These 17 Areas cover all 75 Arkansas counties and their Olympians directly benefit from the funds that Realtors® raise in their area.
“The Arkansas Realtors® Association connects families moving into communities throughout the State with Special Olympics Arkansas programs and volunteers. The efforts of the Arkansas Realtors® Association through their continued spirit in volunteerism and generous financial support are invaluable to the athletes of Special Olympics Arkansas” said Special Olympics Arkansas Executive Director/CEO, Terri Weir. The ARA was recently announced to be a Mission Champion Sponsor for SOAR.
In addition to many events and fundraisers that were hosted by local Realtor® associations around the state, the ARA’s Public Relations Committee also organized a statewide raffle to benefit SOAR. Tickets for the raffle were sold across Arkansas in hopes to win one of many great prizes. The raffle was held during the ARA’s 90th Annual Convention. This year, the total amount of money raised by Arkansas Realtors® from across the state for the Special Olympians of Arkansas was $88,625.33. Miki Bass, CEO of the ARA, presented a ceremonial check for the total to SOAR on December 3rd at their bowling tournament held at Professor Bowl in Little Rock.
About Special Olympics Arkansas:
The mission of Special Olympics Arkansas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Our program is supported by individual donations, private and corporate sponsorships, state appropriation, grants, and special fundraising events. Your financial support offers training, equipment and competition to our athletes FREE OF CHARGE!
Special Olympics Arkansas is a non-profit organization, providing approximately 14,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to excel.
In the United States alone, only 33 percent of the individuals with intellectual disabilities who need the program are being reached.
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Special Olympics Athlete Oath
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