For Gil Picard, President and Marian Fraker-Gutin, Past President of the Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. (LIBOR) and the LIBOR membership, selling homes is their business. But LIBOR members are “more than Realtors®” -- especially when it comes to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park. “The House That Love Built” just received a big hug from Realtors® as LIBOR announced its partnership with Ronald McDonald House to support the nonprofit organization here on Long Island for the upcoming year. The announcement was made at the recent Board of Realtors 18th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show which was attended by over 700 Realtors® from Long Island, the largest conference held by LIBOR to date.
In addition to the partnership announcement, Ronald McDonald House was chosen as the recipient of all donations raised at the conference. “We are very grateful and appreciative for the ongoing support our program continues to receive from LIBOR and its members,” said Silvana Gullo, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. “The support we receive from Realtors® here on Long Island means so much to the children and families that rely upon our services in their time of need,” added Gullo.
Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children undergoing critical medical treatment in area hospitals. A two-minute walk from Schneider Children's Hospital, the House provides a comfortable and supportive environment, helping families through their most difficult time. The Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. has a number of fundraising events planned that members throughout Long Island, from Riverhead to Queens, will be hosting in the upcoming months. Gil Picard says that he expects the relationship between Ronald McDonald House and LIBOR to continue and to grow as more Realtors® become aware of all that Ronald McDonald House brings to the communities between Manhattan and Montauk and throughout the world. “Although the Ronald McDonald House is not directly related to our industry, the chemistry between this charity and the real estate community is one filled with energy and passion and as we foster this relationship both organizations will reap positive results,” added Picard.
Pictured from left to right are Marian Fraker-Gutin, Past President of the Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. (LIBOR); Don Scanlon, Chairperson of the LIBOR Education Committee; Gil Picard, LIBOR President; Silvana Gullo, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island; Joseph Mottola, CEO LIBOR/MLS and Buddy Hoosein, Vice President of the Queens Chapter of LIBOR.