Meet President-Elect Anne Overington
The Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation has enjoyed many years of forward-thinking leadership under President Mary Beth Rich. When Mary Beth joined the Foundation in 2014, the group made just 3 grant awards. In her first year as President, the Foundation made 7 awards for a total of $17,250. In 2018, the Foundation made 11 awards for a total of $30,319.83 granted out. FAAR and the Foundation are grateful for the incredible work Mary Beth inspired as President. It is now time for her to hand the baton to the next in line for a new chapter in the Foundation’s history.
Anne Overington has served on the Foundation since 2017 and comes to the group with a long history of giving back. Get to know what makes her tick and what she has planned for the future of the Foundation!
Name: Anne Overington
Company: Century 21 Redwood, The Overington Team
Years in real estate: 12
Passions: Family, The Middle East, adorable grandchildren, helping seniors, and volunteerism
1. How did you get your start on the Foundation?
Kim McClellan with FAAR called and asked me to meet her to discuss the opportunities. She had heard of my involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association and other community non-profits and thought this might be a good fit. We’ve lived in Fredericksburg for over 30 years and my desire to help area residents continues to grow. After learning more about the Foundation’s mission, I was thrilled to be a part of this incredible resource for our community.
2. In your opinion, what kind of impact does the Foundation have on our community?
The impact is increasing as we elevate our visibility and involvement in the Fredericksburg area. I think there may be a misconception about REALTORS® being “Million Dollar Producers” and that can translate into a public perception that we set ourselves apart from the community. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! As you know, many of us are committed to bettering the communities in which we live. Our region is diverse and the needs of people are complicated. Our ability to provide funds for housing-related needs is more important than ever.
3. If you could tell FAAR members one thing about the Foundation, what would it be?
The Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation is the charitable giving arm of FAAR and is here to assist area residents with basic housing-related needs. The money we give away is all raised through fundraising efforts (golf tournament, bingo, 50-50 raffles, etc…) and does not come from member dues.
Non-profits rely on us to grant money to fund basic projects like plumbing, roofing, ramps, security, and more, so that area residents can live safely and comfortably. Each Foundation Governor has a non-profit, or two, that they develop a rapport with so we can anticipate their needs. Mine happens to be senior housing for our aging population.
4. What are you goals for the Foundation’s future?
My goal is to continue to increase awareness and develop new income streams so we have more grant money to give away! It’s important for community non-profit organizations to know we are available to them. The need is increasing and we don’t want to rely just on REALTORS® and Affiliates to fund our grants.
Asking other area businesses to become involved will be a major focus as we move forward. Our annual golf tournament and other fundraising efforts will continue to help us raise money but I’d love to see corporate dollars come rolling in to help us help Fredericksburg.