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Music and jamming support a good cause


Brokers and salespeople got into the groove with music, dancing and jamming at the Jam with a Past President event held in conjunction with the Political Affairs Conference (PAC) earlier this week.

The Jam with a Past President was a highlight of the annual conference organized by the Ontario Real Estate Association. This year’s PAC took place from Sunday through Tuesday at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel, while the Jam was held in the Arcadian Court of the Simpson Tower on Bay Street on Monday night.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the “Jam” has been held, with proceeds going to support shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS CARE® Foundation. This year’s event raised more than $5,000 for shelter-based charities around the province.

Started in 2007, the year that REALTOR® Brian Walker was president of OREA, the Jam that year was billed as “Jam with the President.” Ever since then, Brian Walker has graciously continued to host this musical event, demonstrating his talent on guitar along with his band, Shakey and the Blue Notes, while inviting other musicians from the world of real estate to jam with him.

Now called the “Jam with a Past President”, this annual musical event has become a highlight of the PAC conference. The event has raised more than $35,000 since its inception.

The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation is the charitable arm of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). It supports shelters and shelter-based charities across Ontario, and funds raised help to provide shelter, warmth and hope to people who need your support. The Foundation awards grants primarily to shelter-based organizations across the province.

Some of the recipient charities are: Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations across the province, Collingwood Crisis Centre, YWCA Sudbury, Covenant House Toronto, Couchiching Jubilee House, Domestic Abuse Services Oxford, Community Living Mississauga, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa and the Regional Hospice of Quinte. For more details, see the “Grants” page of the foundation’s website.

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