Local Realtors Donate $10,000 To Schools
Chris Oscar, and Duane Margreiter with the Sonoma Valley Chapter of Realtors presented $1,000 to each of the schools in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. From left are Sassarini Principal Leticia Bhatia, Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, El Verano Principal Maite Iturri, Creekside Principal Pam Garramone, Altimira Principal Will Deeths, Student Services Director Nanci Matheson, Dunbar Principal Melanie Blake, Deputy Superintendent Justin Frese, Flowery Principal Esmeralda Sanchez Moseley, Human Resources Director Loyal Carlon, Prestwood Principal Beth Wolk, Sonoma Valley High Principal Dino Battaglini and Curriculum Director Lynn Fitzpatrick.
Ten Sonoma Valley public schools recently received a gift of $1,000 each to help bridge the gap caused by budget cuts from the Sonoma Valley Chapter of Realtors.
The local organization representing real estate professionals, has, for the past 25 years, provided college scholarships to local high school graduates. That yearly contribution is now up to $15,000 – gifted to five Sonoma Valley graduating seniors.
In addition to the scholarships, other SVCR recipients throughout the years have been, DonorsChoose.org, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Friends of Sonoma Schools (Measure A campaign), Common Bond Foundation, Love our Libraries, The WillMar Center, Sonoma Valley High music department, Christmas For Kids, and numerous other organizations benefitting local students.
Local schools receiving the $1,000 each this time are: Dunbar, El Verano, Flowery, Prestwood, Sassarini, Sonoma Charter School, Woodland Star, Sonoma Valley High School, Adele Harrison, and Altimira.
Monies are raised through the annual Sonoma Valley Chapter of Realtors golf tournament and dinner with a live auction, and with Realtors individual donations to the high school scholarship fund from commissions received on each escrow closed throughout the year.
“As members of The Sonoma Valley Chapter of Realtors, we believe in giving back to our community. As is often the case, a community’s strength in measured by how well prepared the youth are to take on leadership roles in the future. With our gifts to the public schools of Sonoma Valley, we hope to show our respect and gratitude to all the principals, administrators and teachers who dedicate their lives to educating the youth of this most spectacular Valley,” said Christopher Oscar, president of the Sonoma Valley Chapter of Realtors.