Posted by: realtormarkpalace | May 23, 2013

Florida Realtors will help Okla. tornado victims

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 23, 2013 – The tornadoes that devastated Moore, Okla. – a suburb of Oklahoma City – left at least 10 Realtors homeless, according to the Oklahoma Association of Realtors. In addition to the impacted members of the Realtor family, more than two dozen people were killed, 300 injured and over 30,000 homes destroyed.

In response to the tragedy, the chair and trustees of Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund met this morning and voted to send $100,000 to the victims. The Oklahoma Insurance Department says that a preliminary estimate of damages suggests that final costs will be more than $2 billion.

“We don’t use the word ‘family’ lightly when we talk about the Realtor family,” says Richard “Dick” Darling, chair of Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund. “We live in Florida and feel a kinship to our Oklahoma brethren who are suffering today. We only hope our donation will help Realtors and other victims cope and move forward as quickly as possible.”

Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund was first created in 1992 to help victims of Hurricane Andrew, and re-created in 2004 following Hurricane Charley to help Realtors within the state following a disaster. Today it remains an ongoing Florida Realtors charity designed to help association members following a major disaster. On occasion, money from the fund is also donated for disasters outside the state.

“The Disaster Relief Fund has been, quite literally, a lifesaver for Realtors in Florida,” says Darling. “But while we always welcome donations following a tragedy, we can help those in need more quickly if Realtors donate before a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster strikes. Our sincere thanks to anyone willing to help Realtors and others in need by giving generously to the Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund.”

The Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund will accept donations and coordinate contributions from anyone, both statewide and nationally, who care to contribute. Donations are tax deductible and may be submitted securely online through Florida Realtors website.

If you prefer to mail in a tax-deductible donation, make the check payable to “Florida Realtors Disaster Fund, attention Dave Garrison,” and send the check to:

Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 725025
Orlando, FL 32782-5025

© 2013 Florida Realtors®

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