Real Estate Agents’ Foundation Lights Up the Night To Raise Funds for Vets, Family Justice Center


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

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

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.”

San Diego Chapter of The Charitable Foundation Donates to Nonprofit for Children with Special Medical Needs


Cecily’s Closet, an Encinitas-based nonprofit devoted to providing support for children with special needs, has received a $1,500 donation from the San Diego chapter of The Charitable Foundation.

“Cecily’s Closet recycles durable medical equipment to children in need, provides free belly bands for children with feeding tubes, and offers sweet-dream room makeovers for children who spend a significant amount of time at home due to their disability,” said chapter chair Lory McGregor, a REALTOR®-Sales Associate with the Carlsbad office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

“Our chapter is delighted to help this deserving organization fulfill its mission.”

The Foundation’s chapters are comprised of the brokerage’s dedicated agents and employees who donate a portion of their commissions or salaries to The Charitable Foundation.

“We very much appreciate The Charitable Foundation’s support of Cecily’s Closet. On behalf of our team, thank you from the bottom of our big heart for providing a generous check to aid us with our goals,” said Rachel Ackerly, founder and president.

“We are excited to share that Family Circle (the national magazine) just featured us in their August publication. This wonderful PR, combined with this check, has made our summer!”

Additional information about Cecily’s Closet, plus a donation link, is at