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    Frances Flynn Thorsen

    My local board, The Lehigh Valley Assn. of REALTORS, isn't waiting for pledges. They have just reported a $10,000 contribution to the NAR Disaster Relief Fun. They are urging members to contribute, offering links and means to do so. I applaud them for their speed and generosity. We're seeing generous REALTOR support on national and local levels.

    Carol Williams

    That is awesome your local board stepped up like that. Perhaps I can shame ours into something similar. :-)

    Andy Kaufman

    I just got off the phone with our local board and it looks as if nothing is currently in motion. I'm going to check back in with them on Tuesday & go from there.

    I have, what I think is a pretty cool idea & I'm working with my office team leader & the Regional director of KW to see if it will fly.

    Dewita Soeharjono

    Jim Weichert, the owner of Weichert Realtors, pledge to match dollar-for-dollar for donations from Weichert Sales Associates. Proceed is going to American Red Cross.


    A partnership between the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and National Football League (NFL) could be a dream team. Add the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Pop Warner football teams, local Realtor associations, plus other partners at the local or national level (like Fannie Mae, AARP, HomeDepot, etc.) and you have the makings an incredible, decentralized grassroots campaign.

    A concept plan for the proposed "Homecoming Blitz" has been forwarded to The National Football League and circulated privately to some members of the Real Estate Blog Squad for comment. Additional feedback and creative input are still invited, and the concept plan is available upon request.

    Professional teams around the country are already using stadiums as donation centers. Imagine the potential of a national Homecoming campaign if Realtor Associations partner with teams at the local and state levels.

    FOOTBALL: St. Louis Rams collecting donation at the Edward Jones Dome

    BASEBALL: Major Leage Baseball /

    Single team case study: Florida Marlins
    Hurricane relief: Throughout the upcoming six-game homestand Pro Player Stadium, the Marlins will conduct a relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Charley.

    Starting Tuesday and running through Sunday, Aug. 29, fans can bring their donations to the stadium. Players' wives, the Mermaids, and volunteers from the American Red Cross will be on hand to collect items.

    Suggested items are: sealed bottled water, coolers, clothing, first aid kits, camp stoves, trash bags, diapers, blankets, ropes, gloves, duct tape, batteries, transistor radios and extension cords.

    Fans can also aid the hurricane victims by bidding on Marlins memorabilia at From Tuesday through Sunday, the Marlins will feature a single auction item for each of the six games.

    Kathie Moore

    Our local Association, Williamson County Association of REALTORS, Franklin, Tennessee, has sent an initial check for $6,000 to the NAR Relief Fund. We will continue to evaluate the situation and determine additional efforts.

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