WoMen in Relocation provides a forum for all real estate/relocation professionals to network, strategic and develop public awareness campaigns to support individuals and small communities in need of housing assistance. This collaborative group was founded with the hope of building and encouraging relationships to support our nation’s housing needs one community at a time.
Our Northern and Southern California Chapter’s Holiday Luncheons
The NorCal Relocation Group and WoMen in Relocation came together on December 2nd 2015 to celebrate this holiday season, and to participate together in giving back to a local charity at Zio Fraedo’s in Pleasant Hill, CA. This year members chose to support the California Fire Foundation and will donate over over $1000 to the organization. The California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. More information about this foundation can be found at www.cafirefoundation.org.
The SoCal Relocation Group and WoMen in Relocation came together on November 19th 2015 to participate together in giving back to a local charity while celebrating the holiday season. The charity they chose to fundraise for this year is A Place Called Home an organization that through the assistance of staff, supporters and volunteers help children and teens by providing love, safety, training, and opportunities through educational programs, counseling and mentorship.
Our NY Chapter’s 9th Annual Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction
Our Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction at Tre Otto had such a beautiful turn out! After everyone made their rounds trying to outbid each other on such fantastic auction items, Barbara Barisonek blessed our meal with such a heartfelt poem that resonated with the spirit of the season and the cause we were there to fund raise for.
LET LIFE UNFOLD
Our lives are sacred journeys.
Each life is about growth, discovery, movement, transformation.
Continuously expanding our vision of what is possible,
stretching our souls,
learning to see deeply and clearly,
listening to our intuition,
taking courageous risks,
embracing challenges at every step along the way…………
Last year we raised almost $6,000 for Bethany House and this year as donations are still coming in, it’s exciting to announce that at last count we are currently at $6,290 raised for Heartworks OC! Simply amazing!
Thank you all for your continuous efforts to make this event a successful one, your donations, items for auctioning and volunteered time are truly appreciated and made for a wonderful day for all!
Groups for 2014/2015:
New York Chapter – Heartworks – www.heartworksoc.com
Southern California – A Place Called Home – www.apch.org
Northern California – The California Fire Foundation – www.cafirefoundation.org
Natali Grgas, RCC, WRS
Relocation Director |Business Development Manager
Fillmore Real Estate & Fillmore Brooklyn
It all started when I received a phone call from my cousin, “So, do you want to work in real estate?” Fresh out of grad school and realizing the career I had chosen (education) was not the path I wanted to take, with a bit (okay, a lot) of trepidation, I started my first job in real estate as an outgoing referral coordinator at a firm in Long Island.
That was ten years ago. Today, I’m the Relocation Director of Relocation & Global Services at Fillmore Real Estate, Brooklyn’s largest privately-owned and operated real estate company.
When I think about why I joined WoMen in Relocation, I knew from very early on – like many of the members in this group – that this organization tapped into something both professional and personal. After losing my father to complications from a stroke, the only thing that made sense to help keep his spirit alive and honor his memory was to get involved with Judy’s Run for Stroke Awareness (www.judysrun.com). For the past two years, I’ve supported this grassroots charity, and each spring have tied my sneaker laces and hit the pavement to run the 5K when the organization first hosted their charity runs in Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island, the very same place where my family and I would spend countless summers together during my childhood.
Through a very dear friend and post doc at the University of Western Australia, I’ve become involved with the Cancer Council of Australia (www.cancer.org.au) and have seen first-hand how donations to this organization go directly to labs to help fund research for cancer. And most recently, I’ve been able to support Fillmore Cares (http://fillmorecares.com/). I’m particularly proud of Fillmore’s efforts in raising over $6,000.00 during the Hurricane Sandy Relief drive. This past year, Fillmore hosted its first Pink Party for breast cancer research in honor of Pink Party founder and Fillmore matriarch, Pat Reinhardt, who passed away earlier last year having battled breast cancer herself.
It’s funny how that one unexpected phone call can change your path in life. Or how personal tragedies can spark passions that help make sense of the world around us. Who knows where the next eight years will take me both professionally and personally. The road’s been exciting so far. The hope: to be able to continue to work with extraordinary colleagues, clients, and industry leaders who not only help me to grow professionally but help remind me of my personal ambitions in life.