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Irvine Auction Raises Nearly $2,000 for Families Forward

December 10, 2011

Bidding was fierce but hearts were generous at the First Team® Real Estate Irvine branch office’s holiday auction that raised nearly $2,000 to support Families Forward

More than 80 area real estate agents, their friends, families and clients gathered for the annual event which helps fund critical programs for southern Orange County families in financial crisis.

A Kindle e-reader, a Blue Ray player and a host of gift certificates donated by local merchants earned some of the day’s highest bids.  Participants also brought canned goods for Families Forward’s food bank which services more than 400 families each month.

Auction coordinator Charleen Nagata Newhouse, a Families Forward volunteer, was pleased with the turnout.

“We have seen demand for food aid rise dramatically this year to the point where local aid organizations are severely strained to help everyone in need,” she said.  “We were thrilled to see so many concerned individuals come out and lend a hand to fight local hunger, which is affecting every community in the county.  We’d like to thank participants and the many area businesses that contributed products and services to the auction and were instrumental to its success.”

First Team will continue to accept donations of nonperishable food goods for the food bank at the Irvine office and at offices throughout Southern California.  Goods can be dropped off at the Irvine office, located at 4040 Barranca Parkway, #100, Irvine, CA 92604.  For more information, contact Charleen Nagata Newhouse at 949-632-6035 or

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