REALTORS® rev up for charity

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 REALTORS® from across Ontario gathered at the RAHB office to kick off a 200+km journey to Sarnia to raise funds for shelter-related charities across the province.

The riders were joined by two special guests: Tim Hudak (OREA CEO) and Ted McMeekin (MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) who gave opening remarks and pumped up the riders before they set off on their journey.

This year’s ride broke a record as having the highest number of participants in event history: 47!

“You definitely get a lot of looks when 40+ REALTORS® ride together on their motorcycles,” joked RAHB Member, Jamie Edwards. “But it’s so fulfilling to have such a wonderful group of like-minded professionals unite with the common goal of giving back to the community.”

Other stops along the way included the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®, the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, and the Huron Perth Association of REALTORS®.

RAHB presented a $36,000 donation cheque to the REALTORS Care® Foundation and an additional $500 donation in support of the nine RAHB members who participated in the ride.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 REALTORS® Care Motorcycle Ride for Charity!

Motorcycle Ride for Charity

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RAHB Charity Golf Tournament update – the final tally is in!

Two local women’s shelters – Halton Women’s Place of Burlington and Interval House of Hamilton – shared the proceeds from RAHB’s annual charity golf tournament held May 18, 2017. The final tally came in at $7,022, with $3,511 going to each organization.

“As real estate professionals, we understand the importance of having a safe place to call home,” says RAHB CEO, George O’Neill. “RAHB REALTORS® are proud to support these two community-based shelters.”

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Royal LePage swings for shelter!

Royal LePage Golf Tournament

(l-r) Rob Landry, Shawn Zigelstein, Chris Keleher and Adam Lempka

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services hosted its 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 7th, 2017 at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club. One hundred sixty-four golfers and  volunteers turned up to enjoy the beautiful  weather and a round of golf in support of  the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

This year’s tournament raised $34,000, making the total donated to the Foundation over 15 years at $316,500!

Charity golf tournament: women’s shelters are the big winners!

Gusting winds, sweltering heat and predictions of thunderstorms didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of RAHB members, friends and sponsors at the 2017 Charity Golf Tournament.

The annual event, held May 18 at the prestigious Beverly Golf and Country Club, raised money for two local women’s shelters: Halton Women’s Place and the Interval House of Hamilton. Representatives from both organizations were on hand to play in the tournament and to receive cheques for the proceeds from the tournament. Each organization received $2,500, and will receive additional funds when the final tally is in.

RAHB 2017 Charity Golf Tournament Highlights include:

Ladies’ and Men’s Longest Drive
Jennifer Daniel and James Mink

Putting Contest
1st Nicole Vandervelde, 2nd Brian O’Donovan, 3rd Nic von Bredow

Foursome at Beverly Golf & Country Club
Frank Carestia

Grand Door Prize (Propane BBQ)
Dan Ciccone

View more highlights in the photos below!

RAHB Golf Tournament Charities

(l-r) Laurie Hepburn, Halton Women’s Shelter; RAHB President Lou Piriano; Nancy Smith, Interval House


RAHB Charity Golf Tournament Top Foursome

Top Foursome (l-r) Frank Salvatore, Paul Silvestri, Franco Silvestri, Frank Carestia


RAHB Charity Golf Tournament Closest to the Smirnoff Contest

Closest to the Smirnoff Contest Winner – Gary Stirling


RAHB Charity Golf Tournament Men’s and Ladies’ Closest to the Hole Contest

Men’s and Ladies’ Closest to the Hole Contest: (l-r) Mark Huttram and Sandi Allanson


RAHB Charity Golf Tournament Special Guest

The 18th hole featured special guest pro golfer Todd Keirstead of Golf with Attitude, who entertained golfers with his amazing trick shots. The hole was also a hole-in-two contest for a trip to Myrtle Beach; unfortunately, the prize went unclaimed.

Charity Golf Tournament Sponsors

Motorcycles ride for charity – and it all starts here!

It’s the 12th year of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Motorcyle Ride for Charity and this year’s ride kicks off at the RAHB office!

This one-day ride on Wednesday, July 5 will start from the RAHB parking lot around 9:15 a.m., and wind its way to the Sarnia Real Estate Board, with stops at the Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound and Huron Perth real estate associations’ offices.

The ride raises funds for the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, which in turn supports local shelter-related charities. Through the ride and other fund-raising endeavours, the REALTORS Care® Foundation returned $38,440 to the RAHB area in 2016 alone.

You can support the ride and the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation by participating in the ride or sponsoring a rider. Register for the ride or sponsor a rider online at

It’s all happening on Wednesday, July 5, 2017! Come on down to the RAHB office between 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. (times approximate) to check out the bikes, chat with the riders and see them off!


Motorcycle RIDE for Charity

Golf for Your Community

RAHB golf

This year, at RAHB’s 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, golfers will enjoy a round of golf at the exclusive Beverly Golf and Country Club and support two great women’s shelters: Interval House of Hamilton and Halton Women’s Place.

Interval House

About Interval House of Hamilton

Established in 1986, Interval House of Hamilton is a non-profit emergency shelter serving women who are fleeing relationship violence and abuse. In addition to the emergency shelter program, Interval House of Hamilton has three community-based programs that provide counselling, peer support and legal advocacy: the Women’s Centre of Hamilton,the Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre and Jared’s Place: Legal Advocacy and Resource Centre for Women.


Halton Women's Place


About Halton Women’s Place

First opening its doors in 1980, Halton Women’s Place is an emergency shelter that offers accessible crisis services and counselling to abused women and their children. The organization designs and implements strategies to inform and empower women to make decisions about their safety, rights and options, and works to promote and provide public education to end violence against women and children.

All proceeds from RAHB’s 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will go to Interval House of Hamilton and Halton Women’s Place.

REALTORS® support shelter-related organizations


RAHB President Kim Alvarez (front row, second from right) with REALTORS Care® Foundation grant recipients. (Mission Services is missing from the photo.)


Representatives from nine local charitable organizations were on hand to receive
grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation
on Friday, December 9.

2016 RAHB President Kim Alvarez presented the cheques totaling $38,440 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members. Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed to local shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Women’s Place, March of Dimes, Mark Preece Family House, Mission Services, St. Peters at Chedoke, The Bridge, The Salvation Army and Wesley Urban Ministries.


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REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction presents cheque

r4kids-photoRAHB Charity Auction Task Force Chair Marlene Vieira Leslie (right), Vice Chair Deborah Coles (second from left) and 2017 RAHB President Lou Piriano (left) present a cheque representing the proceeds from the 2016 REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction to The Children’s Fund President Jeff Storey (second from right) and Vice-President Olivia Mackay (centre).  The 2016 Auction raised $74,116.68 for The Children’s Fund.

RAHB REALTORS® Care – Bowling for charity


Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services’ 7th annual Chili Bowl raised $4,246.71 to support Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice!  The Chili Bowl is Royal LePage Burloak’s major Fall fundraising event.

Over 130 people attended the event, and participants included sales representatives, administrative employees and community sponsors.  Many participants dressed up in Halloween costumes, with prizes awarded for best team theme, best individual costume, best bowling technique and worst bowling technique.  This was the largest group of bowlers so far for the event.

Over the past 13 years, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services has raised over $270,000 in support of Halton Women’sPlace and the Carpenter Hospice.

Recap: REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction


We want to thank you, our members, for another successful REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction all in support of the AM900 CHML/Y108 / Fresh Radio 953 Children’s Fund! We had a packed event full of REALTORS® who were eager to show their generosity. Whether it was bidding on our selection of live and silent auction items, purchasing raffle tickets, donating prizes or participating in the event itself, we couldn’t have done it without your time, dedication, and support for this great cause! We look forward to another successful run in 2017!



Congratulations to Our Raffle Prize Winners!

Beer, Barrow & Booze Raffle
Booze (Single Malt)
Hank Balfoort, RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.
Bucket of BeerRon Lewyckyj, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.
Wheelbarrow of WineBruce Moran, Chase Realty Inc.



Mystery Suitcase Raffle
$500 Best Buy Gift CardAmy Gallant, Royal LePage State Realty
$500 Stock your BarStephanie Lovie, Royal LePage Macro Realty
$500 Shopping SpreeAngelo Fazzari, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.



Heads and Tails Game
$3,000 RingBlair Gillis, Royal LePage State Realty



To  learn how you can donate to next year’s REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction, contact Sheila at!