Musical jam raises funds for shelters

Dancing and jamming were the order of the night for Ontario REALTORS® who took part in the Jam with a Past President event, held during the Political Affairs Conference (PAC) of the Ontario Real Estate Association last week.

The Jam was a highlight of the annual conference organized by OREA. This year’s PAC took place from Nov. 22 through 24 at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel, while the Jam was held in the legendary Lee’s Palace musical venue on Bloor Street West.

This is the ninth consecutive year that the fundraising “Jam” has been held, with proceeds going to support shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. Brian Walker, OREA’s president in 2007, led the music with his band, Shakey and the Blue Notes, while inviting other musicians from the world of real estate to jam with him, or dance to the beat. This year, the event also featured a silent auction table. Real estate boards and foundations were invited to donate items for auction, with proceeds going to shelters and charities.

This year’s event raised more than $7,000 for shelter-based charities around the province. Overall, the “Jam” has raised more than $49,000 since its inception.

The Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation is the charitable arm of OREA. It supports shelters and shelter-based charities across Ontario through grants. The money raised helps to provide shelter, warmth and hope to people who need your support.

Some of the recipient charities are: Habitat for Humanity; Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations across the province; Collingwood Crisis Centre; YWCA Sudbury; Covenant House Toronto; Couchiching Jubilee House; Domestic Abuse Services Oxford; Community Living Mississauga; the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa; and the Regional Hospice of Quinte, among others. For more details, see the “Grants” page of the foundation’s website.

It’s not too late to make a donation. Visit www.realtorscareontario.ca

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Musical jam raises funds for shelters