MBOR’s Derby Days Fundraiser

You might have seen the post on the MBOR Community News page on Facebook last week. If you did, at first glance you might have thought the Morgantown Board of REALTORS® (MBOR) simply went to a party, but it’s a little deeper than that.

On May 2nd, MBOR did indeed hold “Races at the Ritz” which was a Kentucky Derby themed event. The ladies and even a few of the men, dressed like they were at Churchill Downs in Louisville, but here’s the kicker.  The event was a fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds going to two local charities. Those two organizations who are beneficiaries are Scott’s Run Settlement House and The Pantry Plus More. Each will receive 50% of what was raised!

I want to extend a huge thank you to our Community Service Committee (CSC) for their months of planning and for rolling up their sleeves and doing the “heavy lifting” …so to speak! They brought sponsors to the table, spent hours decorating, arranged the food not to mention the simulated horse races. Thank you to CSC Chair Jian Pethtel, Co-Chairs Mary Oldham and Jerrica Moldowan, along with committee members Tammy Fox, Darlene Grossa, Heather Wallace, Angela Mayfield, Michael Snyder, Alyssa Rees, Ashley Anderson, Brett Matak, Rebecca Rehe, Molly Parrish, Laura Candell and Sarah Wade.

We also want to thank our sponsors: PNC Bank, Clear Mountain Bank, Huntington Bank, Intercoastal Mortgage (MVB), Howard Hanna Premier Properties, Wesbanco, Mountain Ridge Realty, Blue Sky Realty, City National Bank, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Touchdown Home Pros Realty, Orion Financial, Century 21 At Your Service, Oliverio Realty, Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty, Parrish Real Estate Photography, J.S. Walker Associates, Inc, BesTitle, Cross Country Mortgage, Premier Mortgage, Davis Home Inspections LLC, Bowles Rice, Compass Realty Group and First United Bank.

Tom Bloom is known to many in our community as a Mon County Commissioner, but he’s also on the board of The Pantry Plus More. Tom attended Derby Days and was extremely appreciative of our efforts, but he also had a great time! I also spoke to Michael Richard, the Executive Director at Scott’s Run Settlement House who is also very grateful as his organization is making an exciting move into a facility which will better accommodate their growth.

In March, I was a guest of Jim Matuga’s, on the Positively WV podcast. In that interview, I explained that in business, Realtors can be adversaries. We compete for clients, and we represent them on opposite sides of a transaction BUT when it comes to the board, we come together. We deliver food and toys at Christmas, we serve meals at Thanksgiving, we volunteer at organizations throughout the year and we hold events where we raise money, as we did at Derby Days. Through this charitable work, we often become friends so when we hit a difficult patch during a transaction, it’s easier to reach out and come to a compromise. That’s another reason the Board of REALTORS® is special. I’m especially proud that we have so many members who have a calling to serve others.