Hard Work Rarely Goes Unnoticed
At the annual end of the year meeting held by the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, our own Sandy Futral was presented with the Ben Ball Community Service Award, which recognizes members that make outstanding and dedicated contributions to the betterment of our local community.
The acknowledgment is certainly well-deserved as Sandy has been hard at work supporting our community for the past several years. This year, in particular, was special to her, while she served as Chair of the local association’s Public Relations Committee. Below, you can read more about just a few of the events and organizations she’s focused on over the course of the year.
Swinging for Scholarships
Through Sandy’s leadership- the local board of REALTORS® was able to host its 1st Annual ‘Swing for Scholarships’ Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The event was held on August 9th and marked as a success from the 1st drive. The funds raised from this inaugural event will go to benefit members of the organization directly through the CCAR Scholarship fund. Every year, soon-to-be High School graduates with a guardian as a member of CCAR have the opportunity to be awarded scholarships for college. Sandy and the Public Relations Committee hope to give more scholarships than ever this upcoming Spring since the event was so well attended.
Hurricane Florence Relief
Our area directly felt the impacts of Hurricane Florence, which brought several days of rain into our area with heavy winds and high tides. Many families around the county were displaced due to flooding and/or roof damage, but Sandy and the CCAR team were quick to offer their support. The CCAR Board office was used as a drop-off destination for supplies such as food, water, clothing, and cleaning supplies. Members of the local community gathered together to distribute the collections to those most affected by the storm, and offer their services to anyone needing temporary housing, or those who were searching for qualified contractors to begin the rebuilding process.
Toys for Tots
For many years, Sandy has coordinated with the United States Marine Corps and hundreds of local businesses to designate themselves as a Toys for Tots drop-off location. The USMC does a great job of collecting and distributing these generous donations to the children that need them most throughout the course of the Holiday season. Toys for Tots boxes can be found at all of our Bluewater Real Estate offices- we welcome you to stop by and drop a new and unwrapped present for a child in need.
Backpacks for Kids
In addition to an Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ event, where local Real Estate offices and similar businesses gather donations of school supplies for area educators, Sandy is heavily involved with the Backpacks for Kids team. Every week, a group of dedicated volunteers gathers together to combine a bag full of donated canned goods, fruits, snacks, nutritional bars, and healthy drinks. At the end of the week, children of low-income families take a bag home to enjoy with their families over the weekend. It’s the little things like this that make Sandy so passionate to help, as those students with free or reduced lunch options are often forgotten about over the weekends. A significant amount of time, money, and effort is contributed by Sandy for causes like this and so much more.
If you see Sandy, be sure to congratulate her on receiving the prestigious award, and thank her for everything she does in the community.