Gail Salem, The Charitable Foundation Board member and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Encino, helped raise more than $1400 through raffle ticket sales.
The real estate agents who comprise the Los Angeles chapter of The Charitable Foundation have once again demonstrated their commitment to assisting individuals with specific needs.
In a single night, 160 agents from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Los Angeles-area offices raised $25,000 for two nonprofits to share equally:
. Strength United Family Justice Center, a unique public-private partnership that links various agencies responsible for responding to child abuse and domestic and sexual violence.
. Shelter to Solider, which adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans.
“Our annual ‘Light Up the Night’ fundraiser was an elegant experience that exceeded all expectations,” chapter chair Dianne Merryl said. “The work done by these two organizations is so critical to restoring and healing broken lives and helping survivors to move forward. We feel privileged to contribute to their important missions.
Strength United Family Justice Center will use the funds to help provide programs to more victims and survivors, and to one day to create emergency housing next to its current center near California State University, Northridge. More information is at csun.edu/eisner-education/strength-united/family-justice-center.
Agents and their guests learned it costs $12,000 to train a support dog for a wounded veteran, so the funds raised will allow Shelter to Soldier to rescue, train, and pair one dog with a waiting vet. Additional information is at sheltertosoldier.org.
The uplifting event, held atop the circular Hotel Angeleno, featured a silent auction and raffle as well as savory hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages, all enjoyed against a backdrop of unparalleled views of the Los Angeles skyline.
“A highlight was seeing all the agents who don’t get a chance to visit that often to be able to mingle and enjoy themselves for two great causes,” Dianne said. “There was lots of laughter and a feeling of shared commitment. One of our chapter board members draped herself in raffle tickets and beat all previous records for ticket sales!”
“The chapter looks forward to an even bigger turnout next year. We encourage more agents to find out about the work we do and donate a portion of each commission to The Charitable Foundation so we can continue to make a positive impact on our local communities.”