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Real estate board's $32K donation ensures 'well-stocked' food bank shelves

'Our members have big hearts,' says president

The Sudbury Real Estate Board (SREB) marked a record-breaking year for donations, doling out $43,000 in 2019.
Since 2018, the SREB has incorporated a fundraising campaign during its Christmas season to raise money for the Sudbury Food Bank. Through the sales of raffle tickets and a silent auction at the annual 2019 Christmas Gala, $27,291 was raised, with HQ Mortgages matching raffle ticket sales totalling an additional $5,000.  

SREB president Dan Gray, 2019 Christmas committee chair Ginette Spooner and Ryan Kirwan of HQ Mortgages hosted a cheque presentation at the Sudbury Food Bank. 

Added to the $25,065 raised in 2018, the contributions from the SREB will have a buying power of $344,136.
“We are always so appreciative of the efforts and generosity on the part of the local Sudbury Real Estate Board members and colleagues,” said Dan Xilon, executive director of the food bank. 

“(The donation) will help ensure well-stocked shelves for us and for food banks across our region all winter long, and that’s a huge thing for our organizations and for those individuals and families who rely on our support.” 

On top of the cash donation, the SREB and its members also collected and donated dozens of hats and mittens for the needy during the month of November and awarded $1,000 in student bursaries to the children of its member realtors, who are pursuing a post-secondary education. 

A final act of annual charitable giving was completed in January, when nine local shelter-based charities were granted nearly $10,000 from amounts collected monthly from the more than 370 local realtors. 

In the last decade, more than $70,000 has been awarded to those charities through the RealtorsCare Foundation, impacting thousands of people in the Sudbury community. 

For its past successes and continual fundraising support, the SREB was recently awarded the Ontario RealtorsCare Foundation Spirit Award.
“Our members have big hearts, and we are so proud of how much they have given back this year,” said Gray. “They are making a huge difference in our community, and we hope it will inspire continued generosity as we kick off this new decade.”