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Hospice receives $30,000 boost from local realtors

PLATTSBURGH - Though they're normally in the business of selling homes, one group of real estate agents continues to make it their business to help organizations that helps others.

Representatives from the Clinton County Board of Realtors presented Kent W. Brooks, executive director of Hospice of the North Country, with a check for $29,379 Dec. 4. The record setting donation was the annual contribution the Board of Realtors makes to Hospice.

The donation, said Brooks, is two to three times more than the average amount the organization has raised for Hospice in the past.

"This amount just represents to us that the Board of Realtors really put a lot of effort this year into supporting our cause and our new building," said Brooks. "They've always been excellent in what they've raised but they wanted to step it up and they really, really did well this year."

Laura J. Burns, executive officer for the Board of Realtors, said the money was raised from a recent auction night at Olive Ridley's in Plattsburgh. Burns said she was surprised herself of the amount raised from the event, which was only open to realtors and their guests.

"We didn't advertise it to the public, so, for the most part, this is realtor money in this check," said Burns. "It's just amazing that everyone opened their wallets so wide and that we raised all this in one night."

The items auctioned were donated by local businesses, said Burns, who credited the donors for their support.

"It took a lot of running around town asking for donations and a lot of preparation, but we got a lot of community support," said Burns.

Mary K. Fry, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, said she was impressed with the variety of donations received, including what were considered "big ticket" items.

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