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REALTORS Support Housing Opportunities for Berks in Annual Run for Shelter 5K

by Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS®

Nov 18, 2022

On a perfect fall Saturday morning, 132 REALTORS, industry affiliated business professionals, community leaders, and local residents arrived at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area for the 3rd Annual Run for Shelter 5K, hosted by the Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS (R-BAR).

“The turnout this year was the best we’ve ever had and showed that REALTORS are committed to supporting NHS & Habitat for Humanity,” says Darren Kostival, Chair of the Run for Shelter 5K Taskforce and REALTOR with RE/MAX of Reading.

Proceeds from the Run for Shelter 5K benefit Habitat for Humanity of Berks County (Habitat) and Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, Inc. (NHS). The two local organizations aim to educate prospective homebuyers, expand access to financing and assistance programs, build quality homes throughout Berks communities, restore properties, and provide individuals with a foundation for building generational wealth.

“Buying a home can be the biggest purchase individuals and families in our community will ever make,” explains Daniel Sansary, Executive Director of NHS. “Not only will it give them a safe place to live, but it will allow them to start building equity and wealth. With the support we receive from R-BAR via the Run for Shelter 5K, we can continue providing financial empowerment to our families.”

REALTOR members are proud to support Habitat and NHS throughout the year but promote volunteerism and charitable efforts, especially during the month of October, for the statewide initiative referred to as “REALTORS Reach Out” month. REALTORS Reach Out month showcases the various ways in which REALTORS and affiliated business partners throughout PA, are making a difference and giving back to their local communities through collective volunteerism, donations, and fundraising.

“The association has built an excellent culture of giving back and volunteerism efforts,” states Brittney Baker Shurr, Association Executive for R-BAR.  “NHS and Habitat are great partners in housing and our support for the two organizations and their mission is unwavering.”

Last year’s 5K raised $4,126.74, which was split evenly between NHS and Habitat. This year’s 5K proceeds have far outpaced 2021. The fundraising results will be officially disclosed on December 1 at the R-BAR Annual Meeting, where checks will be presented to both NHS and Habitat.

Congratulations to the following top three overall male & female winners for 2022: Jack Curran (17:11), Mihai Sanchez (17:21), Alex Rich (22:35), Kate Kurtz (26:53), Venessa Taylor (27:17), Meghan Rehling (28:49).

R-BAR would like to thank everyone who came out to support our 5K Run for Shelter this year including our generous sponsors for supporting this amazing event: Platinum: Bright MLS Gold: East Manufacturing Company, Todd Umbenhauer, REALTOR Keller Williams Real Estate Montgomeryville, Rivera-Leinbach for Commissioner Silver: Northpointe Bank, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, Inc, Sun Federal Credit Union, Stewart Abstract, Fulton Mortgage Company, Fleetwood Bank, HomeTeam Inspection Service of Reading-Berks Bronze: Riverfront Federal Credit Union, Darren Kostival, REALTOR RE/MAX of Reading, Knies Insurance Group, Burg Restoration Services, LLC Brass: The High Center – Berks County, Mark Mohn, REALTOR RE/MAX of Reading, Alyssa Damiani, REALTOR Coldwell Banker Realty, MGS Insurance Agency LLC.

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