On Friday, May 3rd, a collective of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) brokers and executive team members joined fellow Bellevue School District supporters at the Bellevue Schools Foundation‘s annual Spring for Schools Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, helping raise funds for local students. Attendees were given the opportunity to hear inspiring stories from students whose lives have been changed by members of the community and discovered ways they can make a difference for students every day.
RSIR was once again a Salutatorian-level donor and was joined by Merit Scholar donors Eddie Chang, Britt Wibmer, and Mary and Paige Norris, along with Mary Nelson and Cindy Paur at the Honors level. This year marked the fortieth anniversary of the Bellevue Schools Foundation and they pushed the event to new heights, inviting John Stanton, the managing partner of the Seattle Mariners and a Bellevue School District alumnus, to serve as honorary chair. The Foundation has grown tremendously since its early years, with strong assistance that has helped propel the Bellevue School District to national recognition.
“We are still awaiting the final donation figure; however, it is anticipated that 2019 was yet another record-breaking year in fundraising, projected to reach greater heights than the $825,000 raise in the 2018 event—and a far cry from the first year, which (as I learned at this year’s luncheon) raised just $7,000.” reflected RSIR Broker and Honors Level Donor Cindy Paur.
Attendees had an opportunity to engage with some of the students and learn about the work they’ve been conducting with the help of Bellevue Schools Foundation funds.
Eddie Chang, an RSIR Broker and Merit Scholar Donor remarked upon the Foundation’s position within the Bellevue School District. “They bridge the gap between what the state gives for funding and what is actually needed by the district to be successful and to innovate,” said Chang. “While the levies and bonds help keep the schools running, BSF allows for the district to improve, to strive to be better, and to provide funding for them to integrate STEM learning, technology, and other world class resources into the district. I am proud to be an Honor Roll Realtor, and proud to send my kids to the Bellevue School District.”
RSIR Brokers Mary Nelson (left) and Cindy Paur (right) have fun with the Mariner Moose at the Bellevue Schools Foundation Luncheon.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Bellevue Schools Foundation’s Honor Roll Realtors, and to support their mission to develop, promote, and fund the best learning possibilities for all students in the Bellevue School District — to support excellence and innovation in Bellevue Schools, and bridge the gap between what students need and what the state funding provides,” added Mary Nelson, RSIR Broker and Honors Level Donor. “The Bellevue Schools Foundation funds programs that support every child in every classroom and improve student learning through district-wide academic initiatives curriculum materials, training opportunities for teachers and an array of programs that meet students’ unique needs.”
“I love supporting this Foundation to help kids with social emotional learning using the stem-coding program,” added RSIR Broker Cindy Cyr.
In addition to funds raised at this year’s Spring for Schools luncheon, the Bellevue Schools Foundation also participated in Give Big on May 8th, which secured another $26,100. Learn more about this worthy cause or donate here.
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Bellevue Schools Foundation for recognizing us as a Salutatorian donor in the Bellevue Reporter and Points Living—we feel privileged to support the children at our local schools.