Realtors provide $20,000 to assist 20 Sandy apartment fire victims who are neighbors to Realtor building

SANDY — The Utah Association of Realtors, Salt Lake Board of Realtors and gave$20,000 to victims of the Nov. 5 fire at the Windmill Cove Apartments in Sandy. The apartment fire, which occurred next to the Realtor building in Sandy, displaced 20 families with some residents losing all their belongings.

“When our staff members saw smoke and flames coming from the building next door, we knew we had to help,” said Dave Robison, president of the Utah Association of Realtors. “Realtors always believe in helping our communities but helping these 20 families is particularly meaningful because they are our neighbors. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we support our neighbors during difficult times.”

Robison along with Salt Lake Board of Realtors President Alicia Holdaway, Matt Barton, chair of, and Christy Vail, immediate past president of the Utah Association of Realtors, presented the money to the fire victims on Nov. 16 at the Realtor building.

“Some of these families lost everything,” said Alicia Holdaway, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. “We wanted to help make their Thanksgiving a little brighter by providing some assistance to help them recover from this devastating loss.”

The relief funding comes from the Utah Association of Realtors, Salt Lake Board of Realtors, and Utah Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Fund. The Fund is a charity that has special emergency funding to assist families whose homes are damaged or destroyed in disasters.

The Housing Opportunity Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit that donates to charitable housing programs. Since its inception, the Fund has helped Realtors give more than $500,000 to address housing needs in communities throughout Utah.