C.A.R. Hosts Carnival for BGCA

We were proud to host a Carnival at the True Value Boys & Girls Club for 200 kids and 50 volunteers from C.A.R. and NAR. The kids enjoyed carnival games, like putt putt, bounce houses, face painting, a photo booth, cotton candy and hot dogs. Volunteers loved distributing 250 backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming year, courtesy of the NAR.
The Boys and Girls Club is an incredible organization that’s involved with helping kids everyday, by providing meals and after school care, and we’re part of the process…We couldn’t be more happy or more honored. Kids are our future. REALTORS® are all about making great communities and making sure that quality of life is important for all of us in the years to come. – Dan Wagner, 2015-2016 president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®
Check out the photos on Facebook and the video below for a snapshot of our day:

And, we are still collecting school supplies through the end of August for the upcoming school year. Donations will be accepted at C.A.R.’s Central and West Towns offices, the remaining YPN Breakfast program (August 31st), and select YPN members’ offices. If you would like to donate, please click here for a full list of office locations where donation bins will be available. Thank you for helping us provide supplies for students in need!


Here’s How We’ve Made a Difference Thus Far

The National Association of REALTORS® has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to make a real impact in the lives of our children. Chicago REALTORS® have risen to the occasion, every time we’ve asked, through donations and volunteering. Here’s a run-down of our year:

Summer 2015

At NAR’s kickoff event to announce the partnership, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® presented a $10,000 donation to the BGCA. The check, presented to 2015-2016 NAR President Tom Salomone, Four-Time Heavyweight Boxing Champion and BGCA supporter Evander Holyfield and BGCA Chairman Emeritus Ron Gidwitz by 2015-2016 C.A.R. President Dan Wagner of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., was the first pledge from any Association. In his presentation speech, President-Elect Wagner noted that “we’re not only organizing local outreach and volunteer efforts with the Chicago club, we’re also making a financial donation, too.” Read more & watch the check presentation. Additionally, 2015 C.A.R. Hall of Fame inductee Larry Klairmont donated $50,000 to the BGCA at a charity auction through the purchase of a 1934 Ford Street Rod Roadster.

Winter 2015

C.A.R.’s YPN hosted a ‘Give Back’ day at the Union League Boys & Girls Club. Sixty kids between the ages of 11 and 16 enjoyed pizza, chips, drinks and games, while YPNers answered questions about pursuing a career in real estate. Check out the photos. IMG_6597

Spring 2016

The C.A.R. Foundation sponsored the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year awards ceremony in February, in addition to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Youth of the Year awards ceremony in March. IMG_6196 The Youth of the Year awards honored scholarship awardees as well as the four Youth of the Year Candidates. The Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve, and celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.
Chicago Association of REALTORS® was proud to be a sponsor of this event. Thank you to our board members, staff and volunteer leadership who attended!


We continue to collect donations on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs – click here to donate today! Interested in volunteering? Here’s some more information. Stay tuned for more BGCA initiatives to come!