Grand County Real Estate: Realtor volunteers contribute to community |

Grand County Real Estate: Realtor volunteers contribute to community

Penny Rafferty HamiltonVolunteer with the Grand County Board of Realtors

Did you know that one is seven Colorado women are at risk for developing breast cancer? During 1997 through 2001, Colorado women had a 3% higher rate of breast cancer incidence as compared with the U.S. rate. Raising breast cancer awareness and important research and treatment money is Christina Purdy, Escrow Officer of Stewart Title of Colorado in Winter Park. Our team is going to join the 2008 Breast Cancer 3-day 60-mile walk September 19-21 to raise $10,000 from our team sponsors for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This is our second year to participate. As daughters of breast cancer survivors, we walk in hope that our children wont have to, shared Purdy.Our Team, Lifes a hoot-er, has asked each of us to personally raise at least $2,200 in sponsorships. So far, I have had a lot of support from our local real estate community. Marian Waldron of Coldwell Banker, Lance Gutersohn of Century 21, Jennifer OConnor and Jean Wolter of Real Estate of Winter Park, Penny Hamilton of Forest & Lake Real Estate, Christine Rue and Georgia Young of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Carol Bayreuther of Millenium Bank have all donated money, explained PurdyI am walking 60 miles to help cure breast cancer but I need the communitys help because I am almost $1,000 short of the goal. The sponsorships can be $20 or more and are tax deductible. It is so easy to help by going to or just call me at 726-9800 to talk about getting involved, ended Christina.Another Realtor getting more involved in community projects is Cathy Walton-Smith of Century 21 in Grand Lake, I am so thrilled to be reappointed by the County Commissioners to another term as the Three Lakes representative of the Grand County Tourism Board. Tourism marketing for all of Grand County and tourism grants to our area Chambers of Commerce and other non-profits are part of our responsibilities, Cathy reported. The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board web site is where you will find a county-wide calendar of events. Another community event which is supported by the Grand County Board of Realtors through sponsorship money is the 6th Annual Habitat Hobble on Saturday, June 14. This annual fun run/walk is a major fundraiser for our local Habitat programs. Money is used to buy nails, lumber, drywall, wiring and supplies to build a local family a home. The Hobble is open to all ages and abilities. Plus, a silent auction and home-baked cookies at the finish line will be incorporated into the community event. Call Joan Boyle at Habitat 887-9138 to participate, donate or get involved in this important non-profit organization.