September 11–we still remember–local efforts

September 11–we still remember–local efforts


Local efforts show Rockford’s heart

Gambino Realtors donated $3,500

Gambina Realtors/GMAC is donating $3,500 to the National Association of Realtors Housing Relief Fund to help pay the mortgage and rental of families devastated by the Sept. 11 tragedies in New York City and Washington, D.C.

“Everyone needs a safe and comfortable place to call home,” said Paul Gambino, chief executive officer of Gambino Realtors, “and we in the real estate business who help people find homes know full well how important that is. That’s why we decided to join forces with the National Association of Realtors which has raised nearly $5.4 million from realtors across the country, and the total continues to grow.” (www.

The donations were made by the associates and staff of Gambino Realtors and matched by the company.

‘Staying the Course

Many development professionals are struggling to understand what the events of Sept. 11 mean to their organization and to the fundraising environment. The Rockford Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will present a national audioconference from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Rockford College, Burpee Center, 5050 E. State St.

The conference will feature the following presenters: Steve Batson, Ed.D., vice president for University Relations, Georgia Southwestern State University; Laura Fredricks, JD, assistant vice president for Development, Temple University, Philadelphia; Russel Weigand, co-president, Campbell & Company, Scottsdale, Ariz. The focus of the audioconference will discuss these issues and explore strategies to help meet fundraising goals during this especially difficult time.

This special program will be available to the public at no charge. Please bring a brown bag lunch; beverage and dessert will be provided. RSVP to Bonnie Carter, 654-2984 by Oct. 25.

First American collects $3,000

BELOIT, WI—First American Credit Union recently sent $3,000 to the Twin Towers Fund and the New York Police, Fire & EMS Widows and Children Benefit Fund.

The money was raised through the sale of red, white and blue handmade ribbon pins. After thinking of the idea, a teller at the 4th Street location sat up until 1:30 a.m. that night with her mother, making the ribbons. First American began selling them the next morning and sold out in days. Teller Amy Hanson again went home and made another batch; once again, First American sold out in less than two days. This went on for two weeks, and over that period, the credit union managed to collect $3,000.

“We asked members for a $2 donation for each pin,” said Hanson, “but people shocked us and gave $5, $10 and even $25 donations.” First American had non-members stopping into their branches just to donate money to the cause.

“Our members were so supportive and really knocked us off our feet with their generosity,” said Marketing Director Ariel Blaha. “I went to lunch at Denali’s the other day and saw three people wearing the pins. The support is overwhelming.”

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