by Hollly Stuckey, Publisher San Antonio Apartment Finder
“Rome wasn’t built in a day – it takes a long time to complete an important job” is Kelley Lisario’s, theme for the year as the new President of the San Antonio Apartment Association. The installation of officers for the San Antonio Apartment Association was held January 19 at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, TX. TAA President, Jeff Lowry of McDougal Property Management, opened the meeting and installed Kelley. In her acceptance speech, Kelley encouraged the membership to stay involved and give their best commitments to the association.
Kelley, also Vice President of Public Relations at Homespring Residential, spoke of the many SAAA accomplishments in 2011 including being the largest contributor to the American Red Cross Heroes campaign in the South Texas ARC with a donation of $25,000. This effort is a month-long fundraising campaign where South Central Texans raise money to support the local Chapter. The ‘Heroes for the American Red Cross’ campaign is unique as ‘heroes’ come up with fun and unique ways to raise money, such as bake sales, car washes or dress-down days.
The funds raised at these events are used to support Red Cross services, such as disaster preparedness and relief, military support and emergency communications, first aid and CPR training. San Antonio suffered a number of apartment community fires in 2011 and the Red Cross was there to provide the families with temporary shelter at local hotels, give financial assistance to help replace groceries, clothing and bedding damaged in the fire along and providing comfort kits filled with personal emergency supplies.
Apartment Finder of San Antonio is a partner in this fund-raising effort and contributed the back page of their January and February issue to make apartment communities and prospective residents aware of this valuable program.
Other SAAA accomplishments included donations of cash and toys in the amount of $5,000 to the San Antonio Police Department’s Blue Santa Toy Drive that gives toys to adopted needy families at Christmas time. The program provides these families with groceries for Christmas dinner and presents for their children.
SAAA also works with the 100 Club of San Antonio which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of families of Law Enforcement and Firefighters in Bexar County who have fallen in the line of duty. The 100 Club delivers a check to the family to help meet their immediate financial needs. When there are dependent children, The 100 Club establishes a trust fund for each child. The trusts are increased annually with funds accumulated from Member dues and donations.
Nearly half a million people in San Antonio live in rental housing (which is more than a third of the city’s total population) and the San Antonio Apartment Association has proven to have a huge economic impact in the community and is committed to giving back to this large community.