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The North San Diego County Association of Realtors has always been at the forefront of Realtor advocacy and community service. This year was no exception. NSDCAR members continue to volunteer their time to charitable causes affiliated with the association and also assist in helping local and (sometimes) global communities in need. The following are some of the highlights of the year:

2004 NSDCAR Scholarships

The North San Diego County Association of Realtors District 7 (Valley Center and Pauma Valley), Realtor and Affiliates for the Education Scholarship Fund presented five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to five Valley Center High School seniors.

NSDCAR District 7 Director Diane Natale with the 2004 Scholarship recipients.

The NSDCAR 2004 scholarship awards were presented to the following students and their designated schools: Rebekah Brennan, Palomar College; John Zeugschmidt, Utah State University; Matthew Fink, Whittier College; Geneva Goldberg, UC Santa Barbra; and Kristen Whetsell, UC San Diego. These students showcased a high aptitude in learning, were involved in various community activities and had strong letters of recommendation. The students also submitted a 200-word essay indicating their educational goals and why receiving the scholarship was important to them.

Habitat For Humanity International

NSDCAR member Mary Lou Baird of Baird Realty Group has been a financial contributor to the housing ministry "Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI)" for years. Habitat For Humanity's volunteers have built homes for more than 150,000 families in need in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.

Mary Lou Baird in Portugal.

"I had always wanted to see the world so when I received information about Habitat's Global Village (which builds homes in third world countries), I decided I wanted to travel with a purpose," she noted.

This "purpose" has taken her to the Dominican Republic and most recently to Portugal where she has helped build homes for families without electricity or running water.

NSDCAR Realtors and Affiliates Against Drugs (RAAD)

When Craig Beukelman of Alliance Title started District 9 (Escondido) Realtors and Affiliates Against Drugs (RAAD), along with Ed Sisneroz of Vanguard Property Management, Marla Daigh of Fidelity National Title, Bobbie Belser of First American Title, Kim Beukelman of Chicago Title and Barbara Hunt of Century 21 Award, he certainly never envisioned that it would become a signature part of NSDCAR or the community of Escondido 14 years later.

Golf Tournament& Luau Dinner, left to right, Kim Beukelman of Chicago Title, Craig Beukelman of Alliance Title and Bobbie Belser of First American Title.

One of the biggest and most successful fund-raisers is the Annual RAAD Golf Tournament & Luau Dinner, a committee that Beukelman has chaired since its inception. This year alone, the event raised some $17,000 for various drug prevention programs.

Aside from the work that RAAD has done in conjunction with this association, the organization has also teamed up with national programs, such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E). During the "D.A.R.E to be R.A.A.D" promotion, committee members handed out 50,000 red wristbands to local schools during "Red Ribbon Week" (a national week that educates young people on the hazards of drug use).

NSDCAR Helping U.S Troops

Most recently, NSDCAR District 5 (Oceanside) held a Volleyball Tournament and Barbecue at Camp Pendleton to raise funds for the Armed Services YMCA to benefit children of local Marines and sailors who have died serving their country in Iraq.

NSDCAR District 5 check presentation, left to right, Kurt Kinsey of Blue Pacific Realtors, George Brown of YMCA, Peggy Yeomans of San Diego Homes & Finance, Cynthia Chaney of Century 21, Tom Huntzinger of San Diego Homes & Finance and Christopher Breceda of Lawyers Title.

District 5 Director Peggy Yeomans of San Diego Homes & Finance, Kurt Kinsey of Blue Pacific Realtors, Cynthia Chaney of Century 21 Mission, Tom Huntzinger of San Diego Homes & Finance, and Christopher Breceda of Lawyers Title presented a check to George Brown to YMCA, which provides $15,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds to each child. The bonds are intended for the children's education.

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