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Greater Gateway Association of Realtors helps out 11 food pantries

realtorsgivebackThe Greater Gateway Association of Realtors has given back to the community again this year by sharing $7,678 with 11 local food pantries throughout the area.

Each pantry received a much needed donation of $698 from the proceeds of The Taste of GGAR that was held at the Moose Lodge in Edwardsville in September. The pantries use these funds to help with their holiday food baskets during this time of the year.

“Supporting and giving to our communities are just two of the many ways we like to show our appreciation and feel honored that we may do so.” said Mark Massey, president of the board of directors for GGAR.

The organizations assisted through this effort were the Bond County Food Pantry, Collinsville Food Pantry, Community Hope Center (Cottage Hills), Crisis Food Center (Alton), Highland Food Pantry, Litchfield Food Pantry, Livingston Park District, Maryville Food Pantry, Ministries Unlimited (Troy), New Creation Food Pantry (Granite City) and Staunton Helping Hands.

The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors serves more than 1,100 Realtor and affiliate business partners in the southwestern Illinois region including the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison. The association strives to provide resources, advocacy and education for a diverse community of professionals and is dedicated to the highest standards of service in a changing real estate market.

PHOTO: From left, Crystal Grove, managing broker of Bond County Realtors in Greenville, Jill Jones, director of the Bond County Senior Center & Food Pantry, Tricia Buehne, lender with First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust and Susan Chapman, marketing and communications director of the GGAR.

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