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REALTOR® Games: competition and fun for a good cause.

posted Jun 30, 2017, 3:19 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 3:21 PM ]
The first-ever PSAR REALTOR® Games, organized by PSAR’s South County Charity Committee, was a roaring success. About 200 people attended the inaugural event held June 23 at Scobee Park, 2390 Boswell Road in Chula Vista’s EastLake community. Charity Committee members said that about $7,500 was raised for three charities, including Unity 4 Orphans, South Bay Community Services and HomeAid San Diego.Services and HomeAid San Diego.
 
The REALTOR® Games featured teams of PSAR members competing in mental and physical challenges. The competition included such agility activities as sack race, free-throw contest, balloon catch and cornhole, as well as mental games, including spelling bee, board puzzle and Realtor Feud, a game resembling TV’s “Family Feud.” Another competition consisted of “Jenga,” a game of skill featuring players taking turns removing one wooden block at a time from a tower constructed of several dozen blocks (the name Jenga is derived from a Swahili word meaning “build”). Entry fee was $250 per team. Contestants received a 2017 Realtor Games event t-shirt featuring sponsor names. About 50 spectators supported the event with a donation of $20 per person, which earned them a taco plate, beverage and raffle ticket.
 
Robert Cromer, 2016 Charity Committee chair, served as the event’s lead organizer. “My favorite memory was arriving at 7 a.m. with Tony Santiago, and as we both were setting up, I said, `I'm excited, this is going to be good,’” said Robert. “There was so much time, creativity and attention to detail put into this event by the Charity Committee. It was a wonderful feeling to know it was all going to come to fruition and that we were going to raise a substantial amount of money for three extraordinary charities and indirectly touch the lives of their recipients through our donations.”
 
“I was happy to be a part of it,” said Santiago. “It was a fun and memorable day. I was pleased that all the feedback from the players, sponsors and spectators were all positive. I can't wait till next year.”

Kim Peterson, 2017 Charity Committee co-chair, said, “My favorite memory was the teamwork. The teams had so much fun working together competing against the other teams. There was a lot of participation and great sponsorships. This year was a great kick off. It will only grow bigger and better in the coming years. I believe this will be an event that you will not want to miss!” 
 
Angie West, 2017 Charity Committee co-chair, said, “The Realtor Games was such a great event. It built up such camaraderie and brought out such fun competition amongst the teams. I laughed all day watching the fun among the teams as they tried to beat each other. All in all, it was a great fun day that supported such a worthy cause. I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.”
 
Rhonda Beathard said, “It was a successful undertaking by any measure. The REALTOR® Games had all the essentials elements, including great causes, fantastic participation, fun games and a beautiful national anthem by Amy Scruggs. I can’t wait for next year.”
 
“If you weren't there you missed out on a great event,” said Jan Wilcox. “I had a fun time participating. The turnout was great, everyone who participated had wonderful team spirit and ultimately a good time was had by all. Thank you again to Robert Cromer and all the work he put into making this event so much fun. I know next year we will have more teams wanting to participate and keep the momentum going.”  
 
“My favorite memory, other than the fun time we all experienced, was that the last team I encouraged to join from our office, Coldwell Banker West, and they won the grand final,” said Merrie Espina. “The event was a huge success. Team players and volunteers did a wonderful job to support community charities. Our hard work and willingness to help made a difference. PSAR does a lot of things to raise funds to give back to the community and all members should participate as a chance to network with other people in the industry as well. As a volunteer, you provide a valuable community service, build teamwork and camaraderie. It is also a chance to be knowledgeable of resources that are helpful in our career.”
 
The South County Charity Committee consists of a wonderful group of caring PSAR members who are willing to share PSAR resources and talent within the community through outreach and service. Their goal is to provide the necessary support to make a positive charitable impact within the communities served by PSAR members. The volunteers serving on the PSAR Charity Committee evaluate and review requests from nonprofits in the community. Then, they select worthy charitable causes to support.
 
In addition to the REALTOR® Games, the South County Charity Committee organizes PSAR’s annual “Zombie 5k Run-Walk” held in October at Rohr Park in Bonita. Participants wear costumes at the fundraiser that last year benefited AJ’s Kids’ annual holiday toy drive for Rady Children’s Hospital (organized by radio personality A.J. Machado of KEGY-FM Energy 103.7) and South Bay Community Services’ transitional housing program for former foster youth and homeless youth while they finish school or complete job training.  Also, the Charity Committee organizes PSAR’s annual “Casino Night at Viejas,” a bus trip to Viejas Casino in Alpine that includes raffle tickets and discounts on the dinner buffet at the casino and Viejas Outlet Center stores.