Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation 2018 Spirit Award

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That’s the Spirit! The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation is inviting nominations for their 2018 Spirit Award!

The Spirit Award goes to individuals, organizations and/or real estate associations who have gone that extra mile in representing leadership, volunteerism and support of their community by promoting the REALTORS Care® Foundation. If you know someone who fits that description, nominate them for the award!

Find complete information about the Spirit Award and a link to the nomination form at https://realtorscareontario.ca/spirit-award.

Please note:  The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018.


Be a Good Fellow!

Would you like to honour and acknowledge a fellow member (or yourself!) who supports the good work of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation? You can do this through a $1,000 donation to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Fellowship program. Each person being acknowledged will receive a glass recognition piece.

Make your donation by completing the REALTORS Care® Foundation Fellowship Form and faxing it to 416.445.2644 or emailing to stephanie@orea.com. Don’t delay, though – the deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018.

More information is available at https://realtorscareontario.ca/fellowships

RAHB Donations Help Provide Accessible Laundry Rooms

RAHB’s donation to St. Peter’s Long-Term Residence was able to equip the laundry rooms on every floor with new accessible machines!

“As you can see in this picture, the front-end loading machines are more accessible now to residents in wheelchairs who want to be independent and do their own laundry. The new machines are energy-efficient and use less water too”, says Kathryn Hazlewood of St. Peter’s Residence. “On behalf of St. Peter’s Residence, thank you for funding this project and contributing to more residents being independent.”

Take a look at the photo below to see one of St. Peter’s residents in action. To learn other ways the Association gives back to the community, visit rahb.ca/givingback.

St. Peters Donation

REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction 2017

RAHB Charity Auction by the Style Group

RAHB’s annual major fundraising event, REALTORS® 4 Kids, was another huge success!

Four hundred fifty members and supporters came out on Thursday, November 16 to generously support the CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 95.3 Children’s Fund. It was an evening of bidding on fantastic live auction packages and great items in the silent auction, playing games and taking part in raffles, and socializing.

How generous were our members? The auction raised over $73,000 for The Children’s Fund! And we’re still counting – watch for the final number in a future News & Alerts on RAHB Matrix.

Thanks to all members who supported this year’s REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction!

In photo above: Jeff Storey (Children’s Fund President), Aileen Araujo (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Brian Shaw (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Justin Glover (CHML Promotions Manager)

REALTORS® Care! REALTORS® Support Local Charities

Photo for REALTORS Care RAHB 2017

Representatives from eight local charitable organizations were at RAHB to receive grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

RAHB President Lou Piriano and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $39,970 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 among local shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Women’s Place, Mark Preece Family House, Mission Services, Neighbour to Neighbour, Salvation Army Hamilton, The Bridge, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to https://realtorscareontario.ca.

In photograph above: RAHB CEO George O’Neill (back row, third from left) and President Lou Piriano (back row, fourth from left) with REALTORS Care® Foundation grant recipients. (The representative from Carpenter Hospice is missing from the photo.)


Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services held its 8th annual Charity Halloween Chili Bowl on October 25, 2017 and raised $6,204 for Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice.

Over 140 people attended the Chili Bowl, including Royal LePage Burloak sales representatives, administrative employees and community sponsors. It was a record attendance and a record amount raised at the event.

Over the last 14 years, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services has raised over $300,000 to support Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice.

Rocca Cats, Rocca Rollers and Unholy Rollers

We're Game

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

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 2

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 3

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 4

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 5


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.”

Thank You To Our Sponsor:

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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 https://realtorscareontario.ca/ride.

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