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TREPAC Gets a Fun-filled Boost from Dallas-area Diversity Groups

In the heart of state- and county-fair season, an event that put real ‘fun’ in fundraising took place in downtown Dallas, Texas:  five diversity organizations across the state’s real estate industry joined together to host “Fair Play for TREPAC,” raising a net total of more than $6,600 in an evening of fair-themed retro-pleasures.

Taylor Walcik, who serves on the Board of Directors of both his local MetroTEX Association and the Texas Association of REALTORS®, as well as TAR’s Professional Standards Committee, spearheaded the fun-filled August 15th event. The concept occurred to him, he explains, in brainstorming ways to honor this year’s 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. “I thought it would be super-cool to get all the local diversity groups together, and recognize this important legislation with a “Fair” theme,” he notes. “What’s more fun than a fair?” Judging from the success of the evening, it’s fair to say he was right.

The hosts he pulled together included local chapters of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AAREA), the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), and the Gay and Lesbian Organization of Real Estate (GALORE). It was the first time these groups had been united for a common cause, but Walcik says it won’t be the last: “There’s lots of value in collaborating; we’re all facing different challenges, and sometimes the same challenges, and it makes sense to work together to find solutions by crossing lines. It turns out we work really well together.”

The planning committee timed the event to give REALTORS® one last opportunity to meet their next TREPAC investment level, and many of them rose to the challenge, says Walcik. Admittance was by $85 ticket, which included food and two drinks, and the venue they secured set the tone for the fun-and-games event:  Cidercade, a hard cider tasting room crossed with a huge collection of arcade games. Additional TREPAC funds were raised by extra fair-themed activities like Skee Ball, and Hot Shot and NFL Quarterback Toss tournament brackets. Two especially big money-makers were the Dunking Booth, with TREPAC Trustees and local Executive Committee members in the dunk seat; and a Pie Face Rally that generated heated competition for a chance to hit various chapter presidents and directors with an extra-creamy pie: “Anything for TREPAC!” laughs Walcik, as one of the four targets.

TREPAC sponsored the event together with a number of other affiliates and brokerages whose underwriting covered the entire cost of Fair Play for TREPAC, including the food and drink. The impressive spread was catered by a local celebrity chef, who improved on traditional Texas State Fair food with his own elevated versions of fried chicken strips, fried pickles, corn dogs, and stuffed jalapeños. “Good as it was, there was still lots left over, and we donated it to a local homeless shelter,” notes Walcik.

Another special thing about Fair Play for TREPAC, he adds, is that since the 75 event participants were members of different local REALTOR® associations, rather than from a single local board, each investment in TREPAC was credited to the investor’s primary board affiliation. “We had past and current presidents of local REALTOR® associations, TREPAC Trustees, the Chair of TREPAC, diversity organization presidents and directors as well as TAR and NAR directors in attendance. I think that even the dunk-ees and pie-targets would agree it was an amazingly fun night, and we’d absolutely do it again!”

To learn more about how REALTORS® highlighting the diversity of Texas have come together to support TREPAC, contact Taylor Walcik at or 214-901-3736.

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The Dream Still Demands…REALTORS®

The 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, declining stats in African-American homeownership, gentrification, and creative solutions were top of mind for many of the 10,000 people attending the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in Washington, D.C., including REALTORS® and NAR Advocacy staff.

For years, NAR’s Federal Political Coordinators have used ALC as an opportunity to network with their member of Congress, industry professionals, and other small business owners. These REALTORS® are the voice and the face of real estate to our federal lawmakers, and play a pivotal role in REALTOR® Party outreach. They work closely with members of Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus, along with our D.C.-based lobbyists and regulatory staff to advance mutual goals for the African-American community, while informing policy and educating the public. In past years, NAR are has also joined hundreds of other organizations and businesses to sponsor conference activities and events.

“This year, as we recognize the 50th anniversary the Fair Housing Act, the National Association of REALTORS® remains committed to working with groups like the Congressional Black Caucus and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to advance policies that remove barriers to African-American homeownership in the United States. That includes a collaborative partnership, from both the private and public sectors, to ensure the Fair Housing Act is serving its core purpose as intended by Congress,” National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation REALTOR® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, said.

“Not only is Fair Housing integral to the ethical commitment of our members, as outlined in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, it is critical to our ability to serve our customers, clients and the community. REALTORS® look forward to continuing to work to ensure affordable and sustainable housing opportunities are available for Americans in every corner of this country,” Mendenhall continued.

The impact of civil and social movements over the last 50 years has played a major role in changing the trajectory of American history. This year’s ALC theme, “The Dream Still Demands,” focused on the influence and legacy of these moments, while uplifting present-day champions in the fight for racial equality, justice, and freedom in all arenas, including housing.

This year, The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), NAR’s multicultural partner, co-hosted the “50-year Journey: The Fair Housing Act to the Current State of Housing in Black America” session. Moderated by REALTOR® and NAREB president Jeffrey Hick, the two-hour session featured keynote speaker Richard Rothstein, the Economic Policy Institute’s Distinguished Fellow and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The brain trust of panelists included:

  • REALTOR® Mark Alston, Chairman of the NAREB’s Public Affairs Committee
  • James H. Carr, Endowed Chair and Professor at Wayne State University
  • Maurice Jourdan-Earl, Managing Director and Co-Founder, ComplianceTech
  • Alanna McCargo, Vice President of Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute
  • Lisa Rice, President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance

Just two years after the Fair Housing Act was passed, African-American homeownership rate was 41.6%. Today, African-American homeownership rate is still 41.6%, the lowest rate among all other racial groups. NAR is committed to working with NAREB, the Urban Institute, and other partners to address barriers to homeownership in the policy arena.

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