[Lodi, NJ – December 6, 2019] – Greater Bergen Realtors®, Realtors® Care Foundation hosted its annual Realtors Care Foundation Awards Luncheon at the Elan located in Lodi, NJ.

In partnership with the New Jersey Multiple Listing Services (NJMLS), this year, the REALTORS® Care Foundation awarded over $192,450.00 to 32 local organizations throughout Northern New Jersey. This year was a special year since this was the first luncheon that the Realtors Care Foundation held since its consolidation.

“I am so incredibly proud of all the work we have done this year. In January, we all came together with a vision to make a bigger impact in our community. By being able to award over $192,000 to more than 30 local organizations really shows the amount of work and dedication our members have and continue to put within their communities,” said Realtors Care Foundation Secretary, Jorge Ledesma.

The 2019 grant recipients included:

Alliance Against Homelessness of Bergen County

Association of NJ Environmental Commissions

Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Hawthorne, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Lodi and Hackensack Inc.


Center for Food Action

Center for Hope and Safety

Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc.

Community Meals, Inc.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

Eva's Village, Inc.

Family Promise of Bergen County

Geriatric Services, Inc.

Meals on Wheels New Jersey

New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus

Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children

Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County

Rare is Beautiful

Rebuilding Together North Jersey

Root & Wings

Rutherford Senior Citizen Center

Social Services of Ridgewood & Vicinity

South-East Senior Center for Independent Living

Spectrum for Living

Transition Professionals

Valley Program Foundation for Children with Autism

Vantage Health System, Inc.

Volunteer Center Bergen County

Women's Rights Information Center

YCS Foundation, Inc.

2019 Realtors Care Foundation President, Annekee Brahver-Keely said, “It is awesome to see how the Foundation is growing. This year, we were able to award grant money to 32 local charity organizations. Over the years, over half a million dollars have been given out thanks to the generous support of the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS), the Greater Bergen Realtors® membership, and the very successful fundraising done by the Foundation itself.”

Annekee continued, “It never ceases to amaze me how lovely it is that all of these organizations not only work together at times but also recognize how great the work is done by each one of them. We encourage all of these non-for-profits and new ones to come to submit their grant applications for 2020!”. Application for 2020 Care Foundation can be found on our website at wwww.GbarCareFoundation.org.

Greater Bergen REALTORS® provides invaluable information, programs, and services to ensure the success of its members in everyday business. As the leading voice of real estate in North Jersey, we advocate for the public to protect private property rights as well as the right to homeownership. The association is a highly influential and important member of the local, state and National REALTOR® family. Greater Bergen REALTORS® represents over 7,500 in northern New Jersey.  For more information, please visit www.GreaterBergenRealtors.com.