OCEAN PARK - Local real estate brokers, title companies, mortgage firms and banks gave a check for more than $3,000 to the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) at a breakfast meeting at the Pilot House Dec. 13. Ruth Ann Hocking of Lighthouse Realty made the presentation to Penny Treat, DeEtta Lorente, and Barbara Sweany of the BGC.
Hocking said, "For several years real estate agencies and their agents along with title companies, mortgage companies, local banks, and appraisers have gotten together before Christmas for a white elephant gift exchange at a breakfast. The goal has been for everyone to bring some children's clothing for gifts and to donate money to a local charity of the group's choice."
She added that the past few years a donation to the Humane Society was also given. This year BGC was chosen as the lucky recipient of the realtor's financial gift as well as the Humane Society. Hocking said, "Dec. 6 we met at the Lightship Restaurant for breakfast compliments of Western Coastal Mortgage and Pacific County Title and we as a group we were able to exceed our goal of raising at least $3,000 for the Boys and Girls Club and for the Humane Society."
Participants in the fundraiser and breakfast were Anchor Realty, Dennis Oman Realty, Lighthouse Realty, Long Beach Realty, Pacific Realty, Re/Max Excellence, Windermere Realty, Western Coastal Mortgage, Pacific County Title, Wells Fargo Bank, Raymond Federal Bank, First Horizon Lending, First American Title Insurance, Brian Felt Equity Appraisal, Neal Bentley Real Appraisal Services and Mr. and Mrs. Claus, according to Hocking.