RAFV aims to help Renaissance Foundation with fundraisers

realtors_give_back_thanksgiving_BLOGThe REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV) is collecting monetary donations as well as Target and Kohl’s gift cards so that clothes and toys can be purchased for area homeless school children through the Renaissance Foundation in St. Charles.

Through the RAFV’s Community Outreach Holiday Initiative, gift cards can be dropped off at the RAFV office, 433 Williamsburg Ave., in Geneva. Money can be donated online at renaissance-foundation.org/gift/.

At 9 a.m. Dec. 11, the RAFV YPN Advisory Council will meet at the Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles for coffee, peppermint mocha and breakfast. The $10 registration fees will be donated to the Renaissance Foundation as well.

RAFV logo 200 by 212The foundation and the RAFV Community Outreach Committee work with the Kane County Education Equal Chance Program to purchase the winter clothing and holiday gifts.

In 2014, RAFV’s donations helped 168 homeless students and children.

Fox Valley officers include: President Barbara Schori of Elgin, President-Elect Betty Ebert-Rylko of Hampshire, Treasurer Mark Coleman of St. Charles, Secretary Michael Simpson, Immediate Past-President Bobbie Gerbrecht-Grayson of St. Charles and Association Executive Chris Studebaker.

RE/MAX Signature Homes hosts fundraiser for Chicago children’s hospital

realtors_give_back_thanksgiving_BLOGOn Nov. 12, RE/MAX Signature Homes raised $3,700 through its 10th Annual Fundraiser to benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

More than 100 people – including 29 from the Signature Homes office in Hinsdale – participated in the event. Guests enjoyed an open bar and a variety of raffle prizes, including Chicago Bulls game tickets, wine, gift baskets and jewelry and accessories from local designers.


Signature Homes’ 10th Annual Fundraiser

“We had a wonderful turnout and raised considerable money for the hospital,” said REALTOR® Casselyn Feinstein, a broker for RE/MAX Signature Homes in Hinsdale. “It was incredible to have so many REALTORS® in the community join forces with our office to support an important cause.”

REALTOR® Linda Feinstein, managing broker/owner of RE/MAX Signature Homes says the office typically does charitable work two or three times a year, including charities like: Susan G. Komen, the Hinsdale Human Society, the American Heart Association, the Hinsdale Food Pantry, the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and the Wellness House.

(This is the first in a series of blog posts about the way Illinois REALTORS® give back in their communities. If you would like to submit information, contact Bill Kozar at bkozar@iar.org.)

Commercial’s ‘place’ elevated at NAR Conference & Expo

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Alex Ruggieri answers questions at the NAR Conference & Expo in the Commercial Learning Theater.

While contributing daily blog posts as a featured attendee at the NAR REALTOR® Conference & Expo last week, Champaign-area REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri was excited by the quality of commercial real estate subject matter.

At the conclusion of the conference, he wrote: “For the very first time at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, we had an organized marketing session in the commercial corner on the floor. I got the opportunity to present two of my listings to my peers from across the country. I even got cards from two brokers who said that they had possible clients! I applaud NAR for this progressive move, and I look forward to building the marketing session into a keystone part of our conference for our commercial practitioners.”

Ruggieri was one of six IAR members who served as featured attendees, including IAR Treasurer Matt Difanis, Carrie Bey-Little, Shay Hata, Marki Lemons Ryhal and Christopher Tenggren. To see all of their posts, visit www.narconferencelive.com.

Also, Ruggieri delivered a presentation about the importance of using “placemaking” for economic development. The senior investment adviser for Sperry Van Ness and vice president, brokerage for Ramshaw Real Estate, said the commercial parts of the conference were the best he’d ever experienced. He felt honored to speak at NAR on a subject so important to the economic future of Illinois communities and for the real estate industry.

As for his conference social media contributions as a featured attendee, he says: “Posting photos, videos and blogging my activities every day, moment by moment, was a lot of fun and made me be even more engaged, particularly as a commercial practitioner.”