It has been my lifelong mission to find a more meaningful part of real estate that supports the community and thrives long after we are all gone.
I have served on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Board for over 10 years and have witnessed the excruciating struggles children and families face when battling severe illness. I have also witnessed the amazing dedication to healing children. The feeling of wanting to help children access the best care, coupled with helping those care providers have the resources they need has never left me.
My journey as a board member has afforded me the incredible work experience with Alan Anderson, who is now at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. He continues to carry on the tradition of finding ways to help the hospital thrive and innovate through building a network of philanthropic and civic-minded people and businesses who graciously give to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
My husband, Michael Ashker (who is a partner in a firm building and seeding businesses), and I would spend numerous evenings with Alan and his wife discussing ways we can find synergy in our respective professions to help the hospital.
And after a “Eureka” moment one evening, we found it. We would create a program that enables realtors to contribute a portion of their sales commissions to the hospital; and if there is a buyer or seller who does not have an agent in mind, we would gladly find one who would do this.
Thus, REALTORS® Who Shrine (RWS) was started.
REALTORS® Who Shrine empowers people to easily gift a portion of a real estate commission to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. You don’t have to have the capacity to give; you just need to have the capacity in your hearts to consider this process when you buy or sell your property. Anyone with a desire to give can participate. And best yet, it’s simple and integrates seamlessly into all existing real estate processes.
To date, our little tribe has contributed over $80,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and we continue to receive calls from interested people who want to participate. We are thrilled this sustainable source of giving has taken off with many interests.
Perhaps the most amazing and beautiful thing about Shriners Hospital for Children is it doesn’t matter if a family cannot afford to pay for their medical care; nor do they need to have an insurance policy, since some of the more advanced treatments are not fully covered by standard policies. Shriners Hospitals for Children always does what is best for the child, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Michael and I have three grown children and five healthy grandchildren. It is unfathomable what parents must endure when looking for specialized pediatric care for their little ones. And we hope they will never have to. But if they somehow need to, we thank God for Shriners Hospitals for Children and the amazing care team for devoting their life’s work to the medical needs of children.
I hope our story inspires you to live a life of purpose and I invite you to join us in our mission to provide access to specialty pediatric care for children who need it most in our community.