Foundation Fundraising Committee rising to the challenge!

As co-chairs of this year’s Foundation Fundraising Committee, we are charged with raising the funds that go to the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation and its charitable efforts.

It probably seems like we are always asking for money for the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation, right? But do you know what your donations, sponsorships, and auction items actually support?

Here’s a simple way to remember. Columbus REALTORS® Foundation C.A.R.E.S.

  • C – Community Grants
  • A – Emergency Aid (Benevolence fund)
  • R – REALTOR® Care Day
  • E – Educational Scholarships
  • S – Service

Unlike some organizations, each dollar that is donated to the Foundation goes directly to funding these four programs.

Last year the Foundation was able to provide over $216,000 to the community and is on track to do the same once again this year. REALTORS® and affiliates -- be proud of yourselves! We are helping our communities and having a great time getting to know one another in the process.

How have your donations helped so far this year?

  • Seven scholarships to future REALTOR® leaders;
  • $140,000 in community grants to local non-profit housing organizations (including Franklinton Rising, YWCA Family Shelter, The Buckeye Ranch of Central Ohio, and South Side Renaissance);
  • Emergency relief funding for homeowners in Dayton and Miami Valley affected by tornadoes;
  • REALTOR® Care Day Grant funding for 18 local Area Realty Association projects;
  • and so much more!

So many great causes are supported by this group, and this committee has a blast. If you’ve not attended one of our annual events, you are missing out.

This year’s wine tasting at Bridge Park raised over $14,000. I mean — wine, REALTORS® and Cameron Mitchell catering?! How could you not have a great time?

Thanks to the generosity of the REALTOR® community, we have already raised $95,000 this year (70 percent of our goal!), but we need your help to ensure we finish the year strong.

One way you can help is to attend the annual Foundation Luncheon, coming up on Nov. 14, at the Hollywood Casino. This is one of Columbus REALTORS® highest attended events, second only to the President’s Ball! With 500 in attendance last year, it is an event not to miss. You’ll have many opportunities to win great prizes and bid on some great items, with all event proceeds going directly to the Foundation. This year’s luncheon is going to be ‘out of this world’, for more details on how you can get involved see our promo flyer on page 40.

We also anticipate volunteering at the Ozone Tailgate for a third year in a row this fall and will need all hands-on deck to help staff the largest Ohio State tailgate. Although it is a long day, it’s always a really fun time and a great way to support the Foundation (last year we raised $13,000!). Friends and family are welcome to join us as well. We will have more information, once we know what game date we are assigned.

Kudos to our committee! You’ve helped make it fun while getting the job done.  We’ve been honored to have a group that always steps up to help and are all so passionate about this cause. Thank you to each of you who have served alongside us. We couldn’t do it without your help! And our committee wouldn’t be complete without our fearless staff liaison, Ida Seitter Ida, you’re a rock star!

More the merrier, feel free to contact Marie Smith, Cindy Shay, or Ida Seitter at the Association if you’d like to join this committee, or just help us at an event.

We respectfully submit our report and ask all of you to rise to the challenge with us!!