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Noozhawk: Brian Johnson: Santa Barbara’s Realtors Committed to COVID Relief

March 09, 2021

It has been over a year now since COVID-19 began affecting our community. It has been a tumultuous time, but I am proud to say our local Realtors stepped up to help with COVID-19 relief.

Santa Barbara, California – Published 3/9/2021
By Brian Johnson, Managing Director, Radius Commercial Real Estate; President, Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
Brian Johnson, Managing Director Radius Commercial Real Estate
Brian Johnson, Managing Director, Radius Commercial Real Estate; President, Santa Barbara Association of Realtors

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors C.O.R.E. Committee quickly pivoted their annual fundraising efforts and targeted our local Santa Barbara community.

The committee’s goal was to drive business to our local restaurant community as well as raise funds for the COVID-19 Joint Task force. The COVID-19 Joint Task Force was established by the Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County and the Hutton Parker Foundation.

The COVID-19 Joint Task Force provides grants to individuals for those disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic.

The partnering restaurants Uncorked Wine Tasting & Kitchen and Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio offered hot family-sized meals available for pickup. Grassini Family Vineyards with the Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio Dine and Donate Event donated a beautiful wine selection.

On Feb. 11, the SBAOR C.O.R.E Committee presented a check of $20,000 to the COVID-19 Joint Task Force.

Thomas Schultheis, committee chair and SBAOR past president, shared the following: “While COVID-19 required us to pivot from our normal fundraising methods, we were fortunate enough to launch our Dine & Donate fundraiser series, which turned out to be a great success.

“Dine & Donate proved itself to not only raise $20,000 for the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort but also support and bring recognition to Uncorked Wine Tasting and Kitchen and Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio, who graciously offered to work with us on the fundraiser.

“We are looking forward to continuing this fundraising series this year in support of the Friendship Center.”

The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors C.O.R.E. Committee is comprised of dedicated local Realtors and Realtor affiliates who work on behalf of the SBAOR to raise funds for local groups and individuals. If you would like to donate to the COVID-19 Joint Response effort, visit www.sbfoundation.org.

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