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Front Page - Friday, July 9, 2021

Giving back is part of our DNA

It’s pretty easy to see that Realtors love where we work and live. Taking care of our neighbor’s real estate needs is a huge responsibility and something we don’t take lightly.

Yet, putting “For Sale” and “Sold” signs in the yard isn’t where a Realtor’s job begins and ends.

In addition to supporting the Realtor Party by engaging in advocacy efforts to promote and protect private property rights, Realtors have an obligation to give back to the community that has given so much to us. Through the individual, company and Association efforts, Realtors give back to our Greater Chattanooga neighbors.

We feed the hungry. We build Habitat homes. We serve as elected officials. We provide wreaths to honor our deceased veterans. We provide relief to tornado victims. We donate to the food bank and pet shelters. Serving our community is just part of our DNA. #ThatsWhoWeR.

One Realtor who embodies this notion of giving back is Geoff Ramsey. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join Geoff in a check presentation for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. This annual event helps raise funds aimed at ending pediatric cancer.

For the past 10 years, Geoff has been a huge supporter of St. Jude, and he is just one example of how our members give back in so many different ways.

In a little less than two months, the local Realtor community will come together Aug. 30 to put on Tee Up & Wine Down for Habitat. This biennial event is an opportunity for anyone who likes to play golf, taste wine or bid on auction items. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, all while raising money for Habitat.

This partnership is a no-brainer for Greater Chattanooga Realtors since both our organizations advocate for affordable housing and support sustainable neighborhoods. Part of the pride of homeownership is the independence to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Due to the pandemic, we postponed our 2020 event to this year. Yet, we’re laser-focused on surpassing the more than $90,000 raised with the previous event. You can support the event in a variety of ways.

First, you can dine at Bonefish Grill Aug. 23, with 10% of your total bill going to Habitat.  (Psst! Don’t forget to tell your server why you’re there so they credit the 10% to Habitat.)

Second, you can participate Aug. 30 via the golf tournament and/or wine tasting and silent auction.

Love to golf but don’t have a foursome? No problem. Register and Black Creek’s golf pros will place you on a team.

Want to showcase your local business? We have a few remaining sponsorship opportunities beginning at $500. Plus, you can donate branded items for the swag bags or silent auction. When it comes to raising awareness and funds for Habitat, the options are endless.

Play. Sip. Bid. Visit www.gcar.net for details, including the early bird discount on wine tickets, to join us for Tee Up & Wine Down for Habitat.

Realtors love and serve our community in many different ways. That’s Who We R.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors® is The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,400 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of 300 local boards and associations of Realtors® nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors®. Greater Chattanooga Realtors service Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee, and Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call 423.698.8001.