The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) gave back to the community again this year by sharing a total of $4,543 with 11 local food pantries.

“I’m so proud to be part of an organization that combines so many giving people with such a worthwhile cause,” said GGAR President Laurie Moore.

The pantries used the donations to help prepare food baskets during the holiday season. The following organizations received $450 each from GGAR:

  • Bond County Food Pantry,
  • Collinsville Food Pantry,
  • Community Hope Center (Cottage Hills),
  • Crisis Food Center (Alton),
  • Highland Food Pantry,
  • Litchfield Food Pantry,
  • Livingston Park District,
  • Maryville Food Pantry,
  • Ministries Unlimited (Troy),
  • New Creation Food Pantry (Granite City) and
  • Staunton Helping Hands.

GGAR raised money for the donations through the Taste of GGAR in September. The association’s 2019 leaders include: Moore; President-elect Rick Lauschke; Treasurer Elaine Rhodes; Immediate Past President Mark Massey; and Association Executive Kyle Anderson.

GGAR serves more than 1,100 REALTORS® and affiliate business partners in the southwestern Illinois region including the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Jersey, Macoupin and Madison. The association strives to provide resources, advocacy and education for a diverse community of professionals and is dedicated to the highest standards of service in a changing real estate market.

GGAR donates $450 to the Livingston Park Association. (l to r) GGAR’s Doris Stephens stands with Beth Atwood and Cindy Scarsdale of the Livingston Park District as well as GGAR’s Susan Chapman.

Donation at Staunton Helping Hands includes (l to r) Marc Kamp of First Mid Bank & Trust, Lori Semanik,unidentified volunteer, Mike Mihelcic and Dave Cisler of Cisler & Associates.

Donation at the Collinsville Food Pantry (l to r) includes: Debbie Conreaux of First American Title, Angel & Mikayla of Collinsville Food Pantry, and Susan Chapman of GGAR.

(l to r) GGAR’s Susan Chapman presents a check to Highland Food Pantry’s Diane Williams.

(l to r) Marc Kamp of First Mid Bank & Trust presents a donation to Dorothy Ernst of the Litchfield Food Pantry.

Debbie Conreaux (left) of First American Title presents to Ann Hale of the Maryville Food Pantry.

At Ministries Unlimited in Troy are (l to r): Susan Chapman of GGAR, Betty Cothran of Ministries Unlimited and Elizabeth Hellrung of Coldwell Banker Brown REALTORS®.

At the presentation for the Community Hope Center are (l to r): Garry Hoggatt, Lisa Smith, Kelly Chester, Blue Caniff of the First MidAmerica Credit Union, an unidentified volunteer, and Paul Militzer of the Community Hope Center.