REALTORS® Benefit Raises over $11,000


REALTORS® Benefit Raises over $11,000 for the
Village for Families & Children

(West Hartford, Conn., March 18, 2013) – The Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS® (GHAR) hosted its 6th annual Chocolate, Diamonds & Champagne event at Belle Terrace in Avon on February 14, 2013. Guests enjoyed great food and live music, as Logan Byrnes, Fox News, welcomed the crowd. The festive night included a live cake auction and a silent auction with professional auctioneer, Paul Stansel donating his time and talent.

Many thanks to all who attended, sponsored, and gave to the night’s charity focus: the Village for Families and Children. GHAR is proud to present a check for $11,850 to Dr. Galo Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Village. Karen Lamy’s “Champagne on Ice” cake won the amateur cake contest, and A Little Something Bakery won the professional baker’s contest.

“It was truly an exciting evening,” said Valarie Holst of Prudential CT Realty. “The money raised is a testament to the generosity of REALTORS® in the greater Hartford area.”

 GHAR would like to extend a special thank you to all of the attendees, volunteers, and the following sponsors for making the event such a great success: Rob Webber & Linda Meyers, Webber & Meyers, LLC, Mitchell Auto Group, Norcom Mortgage, Residential Mortgage Services, Hoffman Auto Group, Holloway’s Appliance Center, House Calls LLC, Keller Williams Realty, Landworks Realty, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan LLC, Rockville Bank Foundation, Simsbury Bank, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Christopher Bryant Company, CT Home Mortgage, David Litchfield Building & Remodeling, First World Mortgage, New England Moves Mortgage, Prudential CT Realty, Realty World Hometown, Sherwood Inspection Services, Snap Fitness, William Raveis Real Estate & zipForm.

 (Pictured left to right: Michele Pellegatto; Bobbi Mathues; Valarie Holst (Committee Chair); Bob Smith, Vice President of Philanthropy at Village for Families & Children; Elizabeth Banco; Alison Swain, Development Director at Village for Families & Children; Nancy Newman, GHAR Board Chair-Elect; Kathie Lickwar; Susan Schenker; and Susy Hurlbert, GHAR Director of Executive Services)

 The Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS® (GHAR) is the largest local real estate trade association in Connecticut, serving nearly 3,500 members in the 57 town Greater Hartford real estate brokerage community. The Association provides technology, training, networking and business support to members, and supports a healthy real estate market by upholding high professional and ethical standards through a Code of Ethics, ongoing education and certification programs. As the advocate for the real estate brokerage industry, GHAR is the Voice for Real Estate® in the Greater Hartford region. For more information, call 1.860.561.1800 or visit

The Village for Families & Children, Inc., a private, Connecticut non-profit human services agency founded in 1809, is committed to building a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. Through its work with children and families, the Village has emerged as a preeminent mental health/human service agency serving the Hartford region and the state of Connecticut.

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