NAR Realtor Relief Fund Telethon Raises $350K

Realtors lifted nearly $350K in three hours in assistance of catastrophe victims. The virtual event, element of the “Hope Rising” marketing campaign, celebrated RRF’s 20th anniversary.

CHICAGO – Realtors lately raised almost $350,000 in just three several hours to aid disaster victims.

Countrywide Association of Realtors® (NAR) President Charlie Oppler hosted a virtual telethon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Realtors Relief Foundation (RRF), which supplies housing-related guidance to victims of disasters these types of as wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes. The telethon, portion of RRF’s Hope Soaring campaign to increase $8.5 million this 12 months, also took position all around 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 folks and companies, with large donations averaging $17,371 and small types averaging $97. Like the proceeds from the telethon, RRF has lifted about $7.3 million so far and achieved 86% of its objective for Hope Growing.

Realtors can make a donation to RRF to enable strengthen the marketing campaign, which runs via November.

All through the occasion, Oppler claimed Sept. 11, 2001, “made us feel a little something we’d in no way felt right before: that we weren’t harmless in our individual country – in our have residences. As Realtors, we know how important the concept of home is. And we recognized that if we can arrive alongside one another, we can provide hope, we can offer funding, and we can deliver reduction.”

Considering the fact that its inception, RRF has assisted approximately 18,000 persons across 38 states and territories. It’s delivered $33 million in unexpected emergency funding all through more than 100 disasters in the U.S., like Hurricane Ida earlier this month.

The Hope Mounting campaign aims to very best RRF’s fundraising amount of $8.4 million in its inaugural year.

“Your perseverance to your communities and your neighbors is just so inspiring,” Oppler explained to donors during the telethon. “Your trust in us empowers us. We can see that hope is mounting, and we want you to know how considerably we value you mounting with us.”

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