BNAR Raises Over $12,500 to Benefit Students of Local Schools

Presentation of Check to The Promise Council

The Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® is overjoyed to announce the total raised at this year’s President’s Charity of Choice Event benefiting The Promise Council. On Tuesday, November 12, members of the BNAR leadership presented Willie Brown, President and other Promise Council Members with a check for $12,526.26, raised to directly support students in the Bloomington-Normal District 87 and Unit 5 schools through the work of The Promise Council.

The money was raised from individual donations, ticket sales and the live & silent auctions from the BNAR President’s Charity of Choice Lip Sync Battle that took place September 5, 2019 at Bloomington’s Castle Theater. This annual event spotlights a new charity each year that is thoughtfully selected by the current BNAR President.

“I chose The Promise Council as my Charity of Choice because I love their commitment to helping kids in our local districts succeed and the way they do it through connecting caring adults and community resources to meet the specific needs of students. It is truly a fabulous organization,” comments Danell Moberly, 2019 BNAR President.

Established in 2009 to address the declining high school graduation rates in Bloomington-Normal, The Promise Council’s purpose is to help remove the barriers that stand in the way of students achieving success in school and in life. Every year, Promise Council offers help to over 4000 children with limited resources in our local schools.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this support from BNAR. The work we do in our communities’ schools could not be accomplished without partnerships like this one. These funds, from the Bloomington Normal Association of REALTORS®, will help us meet physical needs, provide more mentors, and increase parental engagement in our schools. We are so grateful to the real estate professionals and affiliate businesses in our community who donated their time and treasures to this cause,” says Linda Bowman, Vice President of the Promise Council.

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Pictured here: Tracy Patkunas, BNAR Board Member; Willie Brown, Promise Council President; Jan Meadows, Promise Council Committee Member; Linda Bowmen, Promise Council Vice President; Danell Moberly, 2019 BNAR President; Brandon Shaffer, 2020 BNAR President Elect; Diane Cote, BNAR CEO