September 25, 2022


Anything but ordinary

NAR Realtor Relief Fund Telethon Raises $350K

Realtors elevated practically $350K in three several hours in assist of catastrophe victims. The digital function, component of the “Hope Rising” campaign, celebrated RRF’s 20th anniversary.

CHICAGO – Realtors a short while ago raised virtually $350,000 in just 3 hrs to assistance disaster victims.

Nationwide Association of Realtors® (NAR) President Charlie Oppler hosted a virtual telethon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Realtors Aid Basis (RRF), which gives housing-related guidance to victims of disasters these kinds of as wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes. The telethon, aspect of RRF’s Hope Soaring marketing campaign to elevate $8.5 million this calendar year, also took put all over the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York – the impetus for RRF’s launch in 2001.

The telethon drew 451 donations from people and corporations, with substantial donations averaging $17,371 and small types averaging $97. Together with the proceeds from the telethon, RRF has elevated about $7.3 million so far and arrived at 86% of its aim for Hope Climbing.

Realtors can make a donation to RRF to aid enhance the marketing campaign, which runs by means of November.

Throughout the occasion, Oppler said Sept. 11, 2001, “made us feel something we’d under no circumstances felt right before: that we weren’t safe and sound in our very own region – in our personal properties. As Realtors, we know how critical the plan of residence is. And we recognized that if we can arrive jointly, we can offer hope, we can deliver funding, and we can deliver aid.”

Considering that its inception, RRF has served nearly 18,000 people today throughout 38 states and territories. It is supplied $33 million in emergency funding during far more than 100 disasters in the U.S., including Hurricane Ida previously this thirty day period.

The Hope Increasing marketing campaign aims to greatest RRF’s fundraising volume of $8.4 million in its inaugural 12 months.

“Your devotion to your communities and your neighbors is just so inspiring,” Oppler told donors through the telethon. “Your belief in us empowers us. We can see that hope is climbing, and we want you to know how much we recognize you growing with us.”

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