Howard Hanna Rand Dancers Win Competition

Howard Hanna Rand Dancers Win Competition
Members of the HG Realtor Foundation, Dancing for the Foundation Planning Committee present flowers to Bonnie Koff, Past Chair of the HG Realtor Foundation Fundraising Committee. From left, Kimra Pierrel Danielle Reese; Koff and Valerie Port.

HG Realtor Foundation Raises $20,000 in First Annual ‘Dancing for the Foundation’ Event

NEW ROCHELLE—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently raised more than $20,000 in its first annual local adaptation of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Held at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, the “Dancing for the Foundation” event brought in more than 200 people to watch six HGAR Realtor and Affiliate member dancing couples.

JP Endres and Joe Maymi of Howard Hanna Rand Realty in New City and White Plains were named the winners of the competition. Layla Boyles of Century 21 Realty Center in Monroe and Alex Delgado of Christie’s International Real Estate in Nyack took second place. Coming in third place were Jessica Broomhead of Compass Greater NY LLC in Chappaqua and Anthony Ruperto of Ally Realty in Beacon.

The event also featured three judges, including Christian Perry of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich, CT, who appeared on 13 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” The others were Elisabeth Vieselmeyer of Feeding Westchester in Elmsford, one of the non-profits the Foundation supports, and Bonnie Koff, former Chair of the Foundation Fundraising Committee. Koff, an agent with Corcoran Legends Realty in Tarrytown, was honored for her years of work with the Foundation, which she was also instrumental in founding.

“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bonnie Koff, who has been so dedicated to her work with the foundation for so many years,” said Carol Christiansen, Chair of the HG Realtor Foundation Fundraising Committee. “With her help, we were able to launch another successful event—the first of its kind for the foundation. In fact, it was so well received that we’ll definitely be repeating it next year. The audience participation was just amazing.”

The performing dancers also included: Irene Amato of A.S.A.P Mortgage in Peekskill and Mark Aakjar of Mark’s Inspections in Ossining; Wasfiyah Talib of ERA Insite Realty Services in White Plains and Raymond LaFlamme of U.S. Bank in Greenwich; and Vili Mirtcheva of Corcoran Legends Realty in Bronxville, and Steven Reese of Christie’s International Real Estate in White Plains.

Since 2014, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities and non-profits throughout Hudson Valley. As concerned members of the communities its members work in, the Hudson Gateway REALTOR Foundation participates in qualified community-based charities who serve the housing, hunger, health, happiness, and humane needs of citizens everywhere.

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