Posted by: realtormarkpalace | September 9, 2010

Florida Realtors donates $50K to US military

Florida Realtors donates $50K to US military

ORLANDO, Fla. – Sept. 7, 2010 – Florida Realtors collected $50,000 for U.S. active duty soldiers. The money will be used to buy phone cards, which troops will use to call loved ones from Afghanistan, Iraq, hospitals and other locations across the globe.

“It’s a magnificent gesture to show our military how much Realtors value their dedication and service,” says Vernon Taylor, who, along with Suzanne Sherer, oversaw the fund-raising campaign. “However, it pales in comparison to the work our military men and women do every day.”

Taylor is a Realtor with VET Realty in Lutz, Fla., and Sherer works with RE/MAX Realty Team in Cape Coral.

Florida Realtors rolled out its “Show Our Troops We Care” program on May 25, 2010, and raised the $50,000 in under three months. While many Realtors and Floridians donated online through a dedicated website hosted by the USO, a number of major donations came from local associations within Florida.

Taylor notes that three local associations led the way by committing large donations early in the program. They include:

• The Orlando Regional Realtor Association
• Greater Tampa Association of Realtors
• Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach

“I’m extremely proud of the dedication and patriotism displayed by Florida’s Realtor family,” says 2010 Florida Realtors President Wendell Davis, a broker with Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville. “We’re in the business of putting people into homes – of helping everyday families realize the American Dream. Our troops are often far from that home, but we can help them spend a few precious minutes with their family.”

The USO will now imprint new phone cards with the Florida Realtors logo and distribute them to U.S. troops fighting overseas and staying in hospitals.

While the official program has ended, donations are still being accepted from anyone willing to help support our military men and women. For more information and to donate by credit card, visit floridarealtors.org at:http://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Support-our-Troops.cfm

“I accepted a phone card donation recently from the Osceola County Association of Realtors, and we talked about our appreciation for the U.S. military,” says Taylor. “We couldn’t be doing what we’re doing without their sacrifice.”

© 2010 Florida Realtors®

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