The Red Oak Opportunity Foundation to Host Grantee Awards on February 8, 2012

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Red Oak Opportunity Foundation (R.O.O.F.) donates $37,600 to 30 East Bay charities.

Since its inception, R.O.O.F. has given over $850,000 to local organizations addressing housing, education, and other vital social service needs in the East Bay.

The Red Oak Opportunity Foundation (R.O.O.F.) is hosting its annual grant awards evening at the office of Red Oak Realty on February 8th at 6:30pm, at 2099 Pleasant Valley Ave, Oakland. This year, R.O.O.F. is awarding 30 organizations whose work betters the communities of the East Bay. The awards for 2012 recipients total $37,600.

R.O.O.F. is the philanthropic foundation created by the agents and owners of Red Oak Realty. Since its inception in 1985, R.O.O.F. has given over $850,000 to local organizations addressing housing, education, and other vital social service needs in the East Bay.

The primary source of these funds comes from the agents of Red Oak Realty, matched in part by the owners. The remainder comes from an anonymous angel, Red Oak Realty service providers, and its clients -- the buyers and sellers of real estate -- who share their sense of duty to community. Every penny donated goes directly to the recipients, as all administrative expenses are also paid by the owners of Red Oak Realty.

Grants are determined by a rotating committee of owners and agents of Red Oak Realty. The recipients are grassroots groups from our East Bay communities, and sometimes larger local
organizations which earmark grant funds for specific programs within the community.

The grant award event starts with a reception for the grantees to meet and network. Networking has consisted of sharing their activities via brochures, scrapbooks, sometimes even a performance.

2011 grantees being awarded on February 8th are: Albany Education Foundation, Albany Police Activities, Bay Area Alternative Press, Bay Area Leadership, Berkeley Public Education Foundation, Berkeley Albany YMCA Scholars Program, Berkeley Food Pantry, Camping Unlimited, Centro Legal de la Raza, City Slicker Farms, Community Alliance for Learning, East Bay Center for the Blind, Game Theory Academy, Kala Art Institute, Living Jazz, Loved Twice, Luna Kids' Dance, Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute, Mosaic Project, Oakland Leaf Foundation, PACT-An Adoption Alliance, Read Aloud Volunteer Program, Rebuilding Together East Bay-North, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Waterside Workshops, Wheelhouse Academy of Baseball, West Contra Costa Public Ed Fund, Women's Daytime Drop In Center, Youth Mountain Bike Adventures, YEAH! (Youth Emergency Assistance Hostel).

R.O.O.F is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation. Contributions are tax deductible. Red Oak Realty absorbs all administrative costs, in order to allow 100% of the contributions to be passed through directly for grants. A committee comprised of agents and Red Oak Realty owners makes recommendations for the annual distribution of grants. Non-profit organizations wishing to be considered for a grant, or individuals wishing to make a donation to R.O.O.F, should contact Jimmy Reina, executive director of R.O.O.F, at 510-280-2103.

Red Oak Realty, with offices in Berkeley and Oakland, celebrated its 33rd year in the business this year and remains independently owned and operated by its original founders. For many years the San Francisco Business Times has included the company in its list of “Most Productive Real Estate Companies” in the greater 5-county Bay Area. The company serves the communities of Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, Kensington, Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond, and surrounding areas.

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