The Thurston County Realtors Association has recently raised nearly $30,000 for local charities, efforts that were recognized at the trade organization’s Dec. 7 holiday luncheon.

A key item on the agenda was the presentation of a $7500 check — proceeds from their annual fundraising golf tournament—to the Thurston County Food Bank.

 Also, the wreaths, arrangements and baskets contributed by local businesses and individuals that were auctioned at the luncheon raised a total of $5000 that will be distributed to each contributor’s favorite charity.

 The Salvation Army also recognized the $16,775 the TCRA raised during its annual “Realtor Ring Day” in early December, when more than 100 association members from 13 real estate offices rang bells in different locations in Thurston County.

  “The Salvation Army in Thurston County touches lives every day by being part of a community safety net,” said Richard Pease, Envoy-in-Charge for The Salvation Army-Olympia Corps when he addressed the crowd. “Realtors are also part of building the community by finding people the right home for their families. The funds that you raised out at those kettles will help us provide rent assistance, or help with utility bills or mortgage payments so people don’t lose their homes.

“It will also help provide the more than 12,000 meals a month we serve at the Community Kitchen, in partnership with Catholic Community Services, in downtown Olympia. We appreciate Realtor Ring Day. You have set a high standard for others.”

 “As real estate professionals, we brag about the quality of life we have here every day while we help our clients find their place in the community,” added 2018 TCRA President Tonia DeBeaux. “It is why we want to contribute. Whether it is cleaning up an historic cemetery, painting homes for Homes First, contributing to the local Food Bank, ringing bells for the Salvation Army or serving on one of the many non-profit boards here, our members are committed to carrying on our strong legacy of community giving.”