OAKVILLE, ON, April 5 /CNW/ - Talk about the ripple effect. On the one
hand, there's a real estate board in Ontario raising funds for the
local Habitat for Humanity. On the other hand, there's Charlie Sheen.
Sheen, former star of CBS's Two and a Half Men, is more that 3000 km
(almost 2,200 mi) from Oakville, Ontario , a bedroom community near
Toronto. But his impact on the 1,400-member Oakville, Milton and
District Real Estate Board (OMDREB) has been significant.
Here's the story. Each year, the OMDREB President supports a charity and
members donate time, talent and money to the cause. In 2010, Board
President Jeff Mahannah opted to support the local affiliate of
Habitat® for Humanity, its affordable housing mandate being perfect for
the not-for-profit organization that represents local housing experts.
Over the course of the year, OMDREB members donated significantly
toward Habitat's two local 'builds'. Then last year, to conclude his
term as President, Mahannah presided over a gala auction fundraiser for
Enter Charlie Sheen. Whom everyone loved. Even here in Oakville.
Through connections, an OMDREB member obtained an invitation to a live
taping of Two and a Half Men in Burbank, Calif. It was the headliner of
an already exciting auction and the buzz it created was enormous. Three
generous guests donated more than $13,000 each for the privilege of
seeing Charlie and his mates live, and overall the event raised more
than $65,000 for Habitat for Humanity. It was a record and everyone
was thrilled. But before OMDREB could send their guests on the trip,
Sheen had his famous meltdown and the rest was history.
Now OMDREB is caught up in the meltdown ripple. Obviously it wants to
honor its commitments, both to the donors and to Habitat. It's looking
at options and hoping for a bit of a miracle. In the meantime, it's
interesting how one meltdown thousands of miles away can impact the
lives of under-housed families in another country.
Says Mahannah: "The generosity of our Gala guests was overwhelming and
we greatly exceeded our goals for the year, but we never anticipated
that something happening so far away would impact our ability to make
our donation to Habitat® for Humanity Halton."
Adds Anne Swarbrick, Executive Director of Habitat® for Humanity Halton:
"The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board has been very
supportive of Habitat's work in the community and we appreciate the
concern this situation has caused them."
Your local REALTORS® LIVE, GIVE & PLAY in the neighbourhood too!
OMDREB is represented by 1,800 REALTORS® and has the organizational
mandate to support shelter-based organizations.
SOURCE The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
For further information:
Marta Sponder, Executive Officer 905-844-6491 or firstname.lastname@example.org