Shaping a Bright Future

The defining moment for the REALTOR® organization in 2006 occurred
shortly before the year began. Just three short months after Hurricane
Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, NAR faced a difficult decision: Do we
fulfill our promise to hold our 2006 Annual Conference and Expo in New
Orleans, or do we turn away from a city that desperately needs our help?

REALTORS® did more than keep our promise. We launched an
unprecedented effort to rebuild Gulf Coast communities that were devastated
by Katrina. As the year began, REALTORS® across the country
already had donated countless hours and more than $18 million to bring
immediate relief to those who lost everything in the disaster. NAR then
joined with our partners at Habitat for Humanity in an unprecedented
effort to build 54 homes in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas –
each one sponsored by a state or territory association. Meanwhile, NAR
staff worked tirelessly to ensure adequate housing and services for a
record number of attendees at our Annual Conference & Expo.

On November 16, 2006, more than 24,000 REALTORS® and our guests
marched into the Crescent City for our most successful Annual Conference
& Expo to date. Thousands of REALTORS® took time away from sessions
and meetings to roll up their sleeves and frame houses, clean and
beautify the City Park, sort books at the public library, and paint local
schools. Together, we proved to the world that REALTORS® are America’s
leading community builders.

See attached PDF, below.

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