Realtors and mortgage lenders support quality-of-life organizations

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The Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and the Greater Hilton Head Mortgage Lenders Association presented $33,800 in grant money to local organizations and charities at the Realtor September Membership Luncheon, held recently at the Belfair clubhouse.

Each spring, the two associations jointly host an annual golf and tennis tournament. Net proceeds from the event are awarded to local charities and organizations, with 50 percent of the funds dedicated to housing initiatives.

“The charities and organizations that have been chosen represent the heart of the quality of life in our community,” said Ed Brown, past president of the Greater Hilton Head Mortgage Lenders Association. “Twenty-one grants will be provided to a vast array of services including: shelter, food, children, assistance for the mentally challenged and women’s assistance. All are important to the greater Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area.” 

At the September luncheon, Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors president Cindy Creamer recognized the 25-member tournament committee for its hard work and dedication to make the event a success. She noted that Realtors sell more than homes — they care about their communities.

Creamer also thanked local businesses, affiliate members and Realtor members for their support of the tournament, including title sponsors Oldfield and Kroger. 

Following the presentation of the grants, the 140 Realtors and affiliates in attendance gave a standing ovation for the work and dedication of each charity and organization.

Grant recipients include Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, Osprey Village, The Deep Well Project, Bluffton Self Help, Realtors Helping Real People, Backpack Buddies, Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head, Children’s Relief Fund, First Tee in memory of Realtor Jim Ferguson, Hilton Head Heroes in memory of Realtor Hutch Hutchinson, Hospice of the Lowcountry, NAMI of Beaufort County, Neighborhood Outreach Connection, Operation R & R,  Pregnancy Center of the Lowcountry, Programs for Exceptional People, Sandlewood Food Bank, Second Helpings and The Children’s Center.

Jean Beck is the executive vice president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors.