Illinois YPN making a difference, raising money for Homes for Our Troops

A July 4th Non-Event hosted by the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) raised over $1,200 for Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001.

A special thanks to all the REALTORS®, friends and colleagues who supported the cause. The money raised will go towards a home in Joliet, Ill. for Air Force Captain Anthony “Tony” Simone. Capt. Simone was on his third deployment when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010.

This project in Illinois is just getting off the ground and donations will still be accepted through Illinois YPN’s special fund page located here.

You can “like” Illinois YPN on Facebook for more news and updates.

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About Kara Kienzler

Kara Kienzler is Webmaster/Communications Coordinator for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR). She serves as Webmaster for the IAR websites including and She is responsible for the design, layout, printing and online strategy of IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine, e-newsletters and other publications, and assists with new releases, issues research, surveys and speechwriting. She also plans and develops content for the IAR blog at and coordinates the Illinois REALTOR® magazine Twitter account content at ILREALTORmag. She coordinates the Leadership Directory and serves as co-liaison to the Illinois Young Professionals Network.

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