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RPAC Jan20 Report
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FUNDRAISING & PARTICIPATION

NYSAR and RPAC would like to share this short video highlighting the importance of RPAC.

NY Realtors shatter several 2019 RPAC Goals!
The 50th anniversary of RPAC represented a banner year for RPAC of New York, here are some of the highlights:

  • National Fundraising Goal RPAC of New York raised a record $1,245,046 in proceeds during the 2019 RPAC fundraising year. New York will be recognized by NAR for reaching 106% of our National RPAC Fundraising Goal of $1,168,289. This goal was reached through a combination of investments including personal, corporate and those made directly to the Corporate Ally Program
  • Federal Disbursements Allocation Goal New York will be also be recognized for achieving 100% of our Federal Disbursements Allocation Goal of $350,487 by sending NAR $350,503. These funds represent the 30% of RPAC proceeds RPAC of NY sent to NAR RPAC/Political Advocacy Fund (PAF) through personal and corporate investments.
  • President’s Circle Goal New York will also be recognized for achieving 100% of our 2019 President’s Circle Goal of 24. This reflects an increase of 2 PC members over 2018.Thank you to the following members for investing in the President’s Circle program and brining NY to this goal: President’s Circle $2,000/Platinum R $10,000 Dorothy Botsoe, Hudson Gateway Richard Haggerty, Hudson Gateway Michael Schmelzer, Bronx Manhattan North President’s Circle $2,000/Golden R $5,000 Dawn Carpenter, Staten Island Dan Davies, Southern Adirondack

John Gerace, Greater Rochester
Susan Goldy, Bronx Manhattan North
Max Gurvitch, Brooklyn
Margaret Hartman, Buffalo Niagara
David Legaz, Long Island
Duncan MacKenzie, NYSAR
Moses Seuram, Long Island
Jennifer Stevenson, St. Lawrence
Yoshi Takita, Long Island
Jennifer Vucetic, Greater Capital
George K. Wonica, Staten Island

President’s Circle $2,000/Crystal R $2,500
CJ DelVechhio, Ithaca
Liz English, Long Island
Paul Llobell, Long Island
Nancy Mosca, Long Island
Charlotte Vanderwaag, Long Island

President’s Circle $2,000/Sterling R $1,000
Michael Kelly, NYSAR
Sari Kingsley, Staten Island
George S. Wonica, Brooklyn

Participation
17,416 NYSAR members invested in RPAC during the 2019 fundraising year, reflecting 88% toward our 2019 participation goal of 19,888. This represents a 4 percent spike or 662 member increase over our 2018 participation total of 16,754. All told, 31 percent of NYSAR members participated in RPAC 2019. While we fell short of reaching our 2019 Participation goal of 35 percent, it was still a banner year for RPAC of NY in terms of fundraising & participation totals.

Major Investor
NY has secured 207 Major Investors, representing 88% toward our goal of 236. And while this figure is a bit shy of goal, it does represent a benchmark number of Major Investors from New York in a single year and an increase of 8 Major Investors over 2018. Stay tuned for the Annual Report edition of the NYS Realtor Magazine to view the complete 2019 photo recognition spread of our Major Investors.

Local Board RPAC Achievements
Congratulations to the following 23 boards for reaching their 2019 RPAC Fundraising Goal:
Bronx Manhattan North Association
Buffalo Niagara Association
Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board
Clinton County Board
Cortland County Board
Dutchess County Association
Elmira-Corning Regional Association
Greater Binghamton Association
Greater Capital Association
Greater Rochester Association
Greater Syracuse Association
Hamptons & North Fork REALTORS®
Ithaca Board
Jefferson Lewis Board
Mohawk Valley Association
New York State Commercial Association
Northern Adirondack Board
Otsego-Delaware Board
St. Lawrence County Board
Staten Island Board
Sullivan County Board
Southern Adirondack REALTORS®
Ulster County Board

Congratulations to the following 15 boards for reaching their 2019 RPAC Participation Goal:

Chautauqua Cattaraugus Board
Clinton County Board
Cortland County Board
Elmira Corning Regional Association
Greater Binghamton Association
Greater Syracuse Association
Hamptons & North Fork Association
Ithaca Board
Jefferson Lewis Board
New York State Commercial Association
Northern Adirondack Board
Staten Island Board
St. Lawrence Board
Southern Adirondack REALTORS®
Ulster County Board

2019 RPAC Shout outs!

Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award Recipient – Dawn Carpenter
Congratulations to Dawn Carpenter from the Staten Island board for earning the prestigious Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award in recognition of her lifetime stewardship, passion and support of RPAC totaling over $50,000.  (Awarded February 2019)

2019 NAR RPAC Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the following NYSAR members for being inducted into the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in recognition of $25,000 lifetime support of RPAC: (Inducted May 2019)
Moses Seuram, Long Island
Buddy Hoosein, Long Island

2019 NYSAR RPAC Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to the following NYSAR members for being inducting into the NYSAR RPAC Hall of Fame in recognition of $15,000 lifetime support of RPAC: (Inducted February 2019)
Michael Coughlin, Clinton
Dan Davies, Southern Adirondack
CJ DelVecchio, Ithaca
Lin Fields, Jefferson Lewis
Debbie Gilson, St. Lawrence
Nick Gomez, Long Island
Dave Legaz, Long Island
Frank Reali, Staten Island
Charlotte Vanderwaag, Long Island
Jennifer Vucetic, Greater Capital 

Thank you to New York’s 2019 RPAC Chair, Dan Davies, Vice Chair, Matt Arnold, the RPAC Trustee Committee, the NYSAR Leadership Team & various NAR RPAC Committee members for your support and guidance during the 2019 RPAC Fundraising year.   

Thank you to everyone who participated in NY’s four statewide 2019 RPAC events; Triple Play Lounge, Desmond Lounge, Lobby Day Haunted Capital Tour/Dinner and RPAC Karaoke Night. Combined, those events raised a record $101,500. Thank you to Jennifer Vucetic for taking the lead on planning the first-ever Lobby Day Capital Tour & Dinner event, stay tuned for the sequel in 2020. And once again a debt a gratitude goes out to Matthew Arnold for lending his boundless energy and talents serving as MC and Auctioneer during the Fall Karaoke Event at Turning Stone.

And finally, a very special thank you to the local boards from across New York who held nearly 50 RPAC events in 2019, raising a record $250,300. To view the 2019 Local Board Event summary here:

To view Final 2019 RPAC Fundraising and Participation Totals organized by region click here.  
For 2019 board-by-board Local Revenue Sharing (LRS) figures, click here. 

NOTE:  Please be aware that due to processing, some investments may not appear as being credited until the following monthly report.
Reminder:

As a reminder to local boards, the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) requires:

  • Investments in excess of $50 to be forwarded to NYSAR within 10 calendar days of the date of the check
  • Investments of $50 or less to be forwarded to NYSAR within 30 calendar days of the date of the check.

To simplify the forwarding procedure, it is highly recommended that all RPAC investments be forwarded at least once a week to NYSAR.  

Please mark your Calendars….the deadline to invest in RPAC in the 2020 fundraising year is Friday, November 27.

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Legislative Update
Be sure to read E-News Weekly each Saturday for the latest from NYSAR's Government Affairs department. The weekly report and archives of previous weekly reports is available at NYSAR.com.

RPAC EVENTS

2019 RPAC of New York Events

2019 Local Board Events held to benefit RPAC of New York

Local boards raise $45,000 for RPAC in December/January

  • The Southern Adirondack Holiday Gala and RPAC Auction raised an astounding $24,000 for RPAC through live and silent auction proceeds.
  • The Northern Adirondack Gala Event raised $10,000 for RPAC through auction proceeds.
  • The Clinton County Snowball event raised $9,000 for RPAC.
  • Hudson Gateway raised $2,000 through a Winter Mixer at the Thunder Ridge Ski Area.

Local boards raise $13,000 for RPAC in February

  • Hudson Gateway raised $2,000 during an interactive RPAC networking mixer at Dave and Busters in Rockland.
  • LIBOR held their Annual RPAC, YPN & WCR Bowling Party at Bowlmor Lanes Long Island. Over a hundred members were in attendance. LIBOR raised $10,040 for RPAC! These proceeds reflect a 90% or nearly a $5,000 increase over last year.

Local boards raise over $22,000 for RPAC in March

  • Long Island hosted an interactive gourmet cooking class event & a “Luck of the Irish” Phone Bank, raising a combined $5,500.
  • Greater Capital raised $2,300 at a Happy Hour Mixer in Saratoga Springs.
  • Greater Rochester raised $7,000 during their legendary RPAC Madness event complete with a basketball shootout, live and silent auctions inspired by the March Madness basketball frenzy.
  • Hudson Gateway raised $1,250 during a Farm-to-Table event in Brewster with farm fresh goodies.
  • Cortland County raised nearly $2,900 during an interactive races themed event.
  • Staten Island raised $2,000 during an interactive Beanbag Toss game held during agent’s day.
  • Otsego Delaware raised a combined $1,750 through Cider Tasting & Craft Beer tasting events.

Local boards raise nearly $27,000 for RPAC in April

  • Long Island hosted an amazing night of professional basketball between the NY Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, raising $10,000.
  • Dutchess County raised $6,300 during their annual bowling night frenzy complete with interactive prizes and plenty of fun.
  • Greater Syracuse raised $9,000 during an RPAC reception held with NYSAR Government Affairs Director, Mike Kelly providing a detailed legislative update.
  • Hudson Gateway raised $1,500 during an interactive Karaoke Night mixer in Briarcliff Manor.
  • Mohawk Valley raised over $1,100 during a delicious RPAC Bake-off competition.

Local boards raise $32,700 for RPAC in May

  • LIBOR's 14th Annual Day at the Races at Belmont Park was another legendary gathering raising nearly $30,000 for RPAC! The event featured gourmet lunch, desserts, live and silent auction in the amazing Turf & Field club overlooking the track. Thank you to the 170 attendees for supporting the event and investing generously in RPAC.
  • Greater Capital Association raised $2,700 during an interactive RPAC bowling night that featured bowling, food, drinks, auctions and spirited awards.

Nearly $30,000 raised for RPAC in June

  • Chautauqua-Cattaraugus held their annual picnic complete with plenty of fun in the name of RPAC raising $5,600 for RPAC. Thank you to those who worked so hard to plan and execute this event and to those who attended and invested in RPAC.
  • Congratulation to the Ulster County Board on raising $3,400 for RPAC during an interactive Bowling night! Thank you all for the support.
  • Congratulations to the Long Island board on raising nearly $2,000 during an exciting night of Shuffleboard! Thank you LIBOR for holding ongoing and creative RPAC fundraising events.
  • Congratulations to the Greater Capital Association on raising $1,700 for RPAC during a mixer at June Farms. Everyone was having such a great time that no photos were taken to share. Thank you to those who planned this event and those who attended to support RPAC 
  • Columbia Greene held their annual RPAC picnic complete with a delicious BBQ, an interactive Cornhole competition and plenty of fun in the name of RPAC. Thank you to those who worked so hard to plan and execute this event and to those who attended and invested in RPAC to the tune of $1,000.
  • Congratulation to The Dutchess County Association/WCR for raising over $9,000 via their legendary sunset cruise along the Hudson River. Special Thank you to Kelly Campbell and her crew for once again preparing the array of culinary delights that kept everyone well-nourished throughout the cruise. Thank you to NYSAR President, Moses Seuram and President-elect, Jennifer Stevenson for joining the festivities & Thank you DCAR/WCR for your continued support of RPAC.
  • Congratulations to the Hudson Gateway Association on raising $6,825 during beverage tour of the spectacular Hudson Valley! Thank you to everyone who enjoyed a hydrating day in the valley in support of RPAC.

RPAC proceeds continued to roll-in during July

  • Hudson Gateway held another RPAC phone bank and raised $2,000 for RPAC. Thank you to those who worked so to make calls during this event and to those who invested in RPAC.
  • Greater Rochester held a Legislative & RPAC Lunch and Learn featuring NYSAR Government Affairs staff providing insight and guidance on the importance of Realtor-advocacy at all levels of government.
  • Congratulations to the Hudson Gateway Association on raising over $2,500 during a relaxing night of networking at the Hudson Grille in White Plains in support of RPAC. Thank you HGAR for your ongoing and creative RPAC fundraising events.

RPAC proceeds continued to roll-in during August

  • Jefferson Lewis held an RPAC BBQ and wine tasting at the Thousand Islands Winery in Alex Bay and raised $2,000 for RPAC. Thank you to those who worked to make this event a success and to those who attended and invested in RPAC.
  • Congratulations to the Hudson Gateway Association on raising over $1,000 during a relaxing night of networking at TeQuila Grille in Monroe in support of RPAC.
  • Jefferson Lewis raised another $2,000 for RPAC via their 2nd annual Whitewater Rafting event. The exciting event included a morning of rapids along the Black River in Watertown followed by a lunch. Thank you to Jennifer Bossuot for taking the lead on this event along with the Jefferson Lewis board staff and the 25 participants for investing in RPAC including NYSAR President Moses Seuram who made the journey from Queens to enjoy the bounty of the Black River.

Local boards raise over $31,000 for RPAC in September

  • LIBOR raised $4,000 at their annual Theater Night event for a production of Kinky Boots at the Patchogue Theater
  • Ithaca raised $2,200 during a hydrating tour of the Finger Lakes Wine Region
  • Buffalo Niagara raised nearly $5,900 during their second-annual Meatball Competition
  • Greater Capital raised $1,800 during a mixer at Twisted Vine in Delmar
  • The Adirondack Region raised an astounding $17,000 during their annual Evening of the Arts event which included a beverage/meal pairing and an interactive dinner theater event in Plattsburgh

Local boards raise nearly $35,000 for RPAC in October

  • The Hudson Gateway Association raised $10,000 during an RPAC luncheon held during the associations’ annual meeting and members day. Thank you to the 130 HGAR members who participated in the event in support of RPAC.
  • St. Lawrence County Realtors raised over $3,000 during a Fall Cocktail Party Mixer and Auction held in Potsdam. Thank you to Doreen Radway and Gail Abplanalp for taking the lead on this event and to those who attended to support RPAC.
  • The Greater Rochester Association raised $8,323 during an interactive and spirited Cornhole tournament.
  • LIBOR raised $2,065 by incorporating a “wine pull” and “cornhole competition” into the board’s annual membership meeting
  • Otsego Delaware raised $1,200 through an RPAC Phone bank held at the board office
  • The Greater Capital Association raised $5,000 during an RPAC VIP Lounge held during the association’s annual trade show.
  • The Hudson Gateway Association along with colleagues from the Metro region sailed the night away in support of RPAC. The Sunset Cruise from the lower East Side of Manhattan to the Statue and Liberty raised $4,600 for RPAC and included food, drinks, laughs and plenty of beautiful sights.

Local boards raise $5,000 in November

  • LIBOR raised $5,000 during a production of Miracle on 34th Street during a theater night event.

2019 NY Local Board Events – Total Raised: $250,300

2019 Statewide Events held to benefit RPAC of New York

  • RPAC High Rollers Suite in Atlantic City Raises $10,000 for New York RPAC of New York’s 2019 Statewide Kick-off event “RPAC High Roller Suite” held in conjunction with the Tri-State Realtor convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey raised over $10,000 in direct investments and pledges for New York. Amenities offered in the lounge included a deluxe coffee barista, shoe shine, professional photographer, manicure, massage, psychic readings, deluxe hot breakfast, buffet lunch, snacks, beverages and access to business facilities including laptop, printer and devise charging station.
  • NY REALTORS raise a record $33,000 at the RPAC VIP Lounge during Mid-Winter Business Meetings Once again the RPAC Lounge held at the Desmond as part of NYSAR’s business meetings was a success for RPAC. The 1-day event raised a record $33,000 and featured manicures, massages, psychic readings, character artist, delicious food, beverages, silent auctions and more. Thank you to the near 130 attendees for investing in RPAC and making this lounge a hit.
  • Haunted tour of the NYS Capital Raises over $6,000 The first-ever haunted Capital tour and dinner raised over $6,000 for RPAC to kick-off 2019 Lobby Day festivities! The event featured a tour of the historic NYS Capital Building followed by a 3-course meal at the Renaissance Hotel. Thank you to the nearly 70 participants for making this gathering a major success. A great big THANK YOU to Jennifer Vucetic (Greater Capital Association) for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, looks like a sequel will be in order in 2020.
  • RPAC Karaoke Night 3.0 held during Fall Business Meetings raises record $52,500 The third installment of RPAC Karaoke Night held during the NYSAR Fall Business Meetings raised a record $52,500 for RPAC through ticket sales, live and silent aucitons. Special Shout-out and thank you to MC/Auctioneer, Matt Arnold from the Long Island board for his boundless energy and enthusiasm. Congratulations to our contest winners: Best Male Vocalist: Al Netto, Jefferson Lewis Board: Best Female Vocalist: Andrea O’Herron Mosher, Elmira Corning Regional Association and Best Group & Costume: The NYSAR Leadership Team, Moses Seuram, Jennifer Stevenson, David Legaz and Jennifer Vucetic.


2019 NY Statewide Events - Total Raised: $101,500
2019 NY Local Board Events - Total Raised: $250,300
2019 RPAC of New York Events – Grand Total Raised: $351,800

2020 Local Board RPAC Events on the Calendar
Local boards will host a multitude of creative and interactive events in 2020. To view the complete event calendar, click here: https://www.nysar.com/government-affairs/rpac/rpac-events

The 2018 “RPAC Bling” Pins are still available for a $25 RPAC Investment!
Show your support of RPAC through the brand new “RPAC Bling” Pin. The pin is 1 & 3/4 inch wide with a powerful magnetic backing and features sparkling bling with a brushed silver trim. To order your pin today, complete the order form and return to dking@nysar.com via fax to the attention of Derick King 518-462-5474 or call Derick directly to invest over the phone 518-463-0300 x238.
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MONTHLY AUCTION

Kick off the new year in style with a classic, designer Kate Spade bag. The classic black and white Kate Spade bag is now live on the RPAC Auction block.

Thank you to Gina Marie Bettenhouser from LIBOR for generously donating this bag to RPAC.

Bidding will end, Close of Business Thursday, January 31. To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/RPACofNY/ or contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 dking@nysar.com

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