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On the Town: Local Realtor association accepts donations for 6 organizations

On the Town: Local Realtor association accepts donations for 6 organizations
Christine Hatch, left, and Leah Archer, right, who served as co-chairs for BAOR's Donation Fair, flank the organization's president, Courtney Korb, during last week's day of giving. (David Laurell / Burbank Leader)

To cap off the final full month of summer, the Burbank Assn. of Realtors rose to an edict put out by the California Assn. of Realtors, or CAR, which proclaimed August to be a “month of giving.”

Local Realtors and affiliate members, continuing their longstanding history of supporting and giving back to the community, took the state organization’s challenge to heart by staging a daylong Donation Fair at their Magnolia Boulevard headquarters this past Thursday.

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At the event, co-chaired by Leah Archer, a Realtor with VonKeith Properties, and Christine Hatch, owner of the Mortgage Group, local association members donated items to benefit six local organizations: the Burbank Animal Shelter, Elizabeth House, Dress for Success, Clothes the Deal, the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, and the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley.

“This challenge by the CAR, to give back to the community, plays into what our association does through our foundation on a regular basis,” said Courtney Korb, president of the Burbank Assn. of Realtors.

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Collecting items for the local Boys and Girls Club, Media West Realty Realtor Marty Rocio Del Cid, left, joined forces with BAOR Executive Director Cheritta Smith to ensure the success of last week's Donation Fair.
Collecting items for the local Boys and Girls Club, Media West Realty Realtor Marty Rocio Del Cid, left, joined forces with BAOR Executive Director Cheritta Smith to ensure the success of last week's Donation Fair. (David Laurell / Burbank Leader)

“Going even further than we have in the past, one of my goals as president was that we expanded our commitment and dedication to Burbank,” Korb said.

“That is why, this year, we broadened the scope of our Donation Fair by adding three new organizations, Clothes the Deal, Dress for Success, and Elizabeth House. Working with Leah and Christine, I wanted to try to include a diversity of groups that would give everyone a reason to come out and be supportive in their giving,” she added.

Dress for Success repurposes preowned business attire for women who don’t have the means to purchase the appropriate clothing for job interviews, and Clothes the Deal does the same for men in need of suits, dress shirts, shoes and ties.

Elizabeth House, which works toward ending the cycle of homelessness and abuse of women and children, requested donations of personal, household and cleaning items.

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Rising to the occasion to help Clothes the Deal, Natalie Worsham, a loan officer with Logix Real Estate, was joined by Dilbeck Realtor Marion Goodman in making sure the group’s coffers were filled with an array of ties.

"Tied" into the important work being done by Clothes the Deal, Marion Goodman, left, and Natalie Worsham made their donations of men's neckwear.
"Tied" into the important work being done by Clothes the Deal, Marion Goodman, left, and Natalie Worsham made their donations of men's neckwear. (David Laurell / Burbank Leader)

Throughout the day, other local Realtors and affiliate members stopped by with donations ranging from food and towels for the animal shelter, oral-hygiene items for the dental clinic, and school, art and sports equipment and supplies for the Boys and Girls Club.

The Burbank Assn. of Realtors is a professional trade organization representing members engaged in the local real estate business.

Established in 1922, the organization promotes best business practices, competency, integrity and ethics, along with developing, providing and promoting programs and services that will improve the community.

DAVID LAURELL may be reached by email at dlaurell@aol.com or (818) 563-1007.

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