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Giving Back

When I close a transaction, I give to charities that are important to me. Sotheby’s International Realty matches what I give. If you are interested in giving to one or both, please let me know.

New Story

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is proud to announce that it has partnered with New Story, a non-profit organization that puts 100% of donations toward transforming dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes, for $6,000 a home.

An estimated 3 billion people will be living without access to adequate shelter by 2050 — a 200% increase over three decades.

To tackle this massive issue, we’re researching breakthroughs in homebuilding and proving them in every community we build. Then, we’re sharing them with other nonprofit organizations and governments, so collectively, we can all build faster, better, and stronger.

National Eagle Scout Association / Boy Scouts of America

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I earned my Eagle Scout rank in 1988 with Troop 509 NASA/JPL and have stayed involved with the Boy Scouts of America in many capacities.  Our family has always been involved in Scouting.  My younger brother Bryen, and my older brother Darren also earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and Darren’s two sons earned their Eagles recently.  I am proud that my two boys went through Cub Scouts with Pack 357 and have decided to join Troop 509. Both are excited to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. I spend most of my Monday evenings with them at Boy Scout meetings.

With the San Gabriel Valley Council, I am currently a merit badge counselor for the following 9 merit badges: Salesmanship, Architecture, Orienteering, Coin Collecting, Personal Management (Eagle required), Wilderness Survival, Camping (Eagle required), Hiking (Eagle required), and Backpacking. I am also the new scout co-coordinator for Troop 509. Up until my boys were born, I served as an Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 509, and also worked as a Ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Periodically, I help the local council decide what to do with graciously donated real property. Working with the President of Property Development at the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been interesting and gratifying.  Please let me know if you are interested in donating real property to the Boy Scouts of America.

REALTORS® Read Across Pasadena

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A number of local agents head to the classrooms and libraries of Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) elementary schools to read aloud to children in kindergarten-fifth grade during the annual Read Across PASadena. The event was inspired by Collaborate PASadena and sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation to forge and strengthen connections between the realtor community and PUSD schools. Read Across PASadena salutes National Read Across America Week, the annual celebration of reading that honors the March 2nd birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss. This has been a lot of fun for me.

Special Olympics Southern California

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Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. They enrich the lives of more than 24,000 athletes. Visit their website to learn more, and to give a small (or large) donation.

Friends of the Los Angeles River

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Get involved in the Annual Great Los Angeles River Clean Up. The Los Angeles River flows through 14 cities and countless neighborhoods. When the Army Corps of Engineers initiated a flood control project in the late 1930′s, they began the process of paving 80% of the River, creating the world’s largest storm drain.  The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.  FoLAR is a nonprofit founded in 1986, whose mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.

River Cleanup

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