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The Answers to your Top Pet Expo Questions

CCAR’s 2nd Annual Pet Expo is coming up on May 11, and this week we spoke with the event chair, Marissa Benat, to get answers to our top Pet Expo questions. Keep reading to hear the answers to the questions you’ve been meaning to ask:

Q: I am so excited for the 2nd Annual Pet Expo. I have my calendar blocked off from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11; what should I expect? Should I bring my kids along?

Benat: Bring the whole family! This is a family friendly event open to all. We are going to have a lot of great vendors there to visit with who offer many pet-related services.

Q: Should I bring cash with me?

Benat: Most vendors accept credit cards, but a little cash on hand is not a bad idea!

Q: I know the event is held at the Collin County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) (6821 Coit Road, Plano), but where should I park?

Benat: Parking is located behind the church next to CCAR. You will see directional signs and volunteers directing traffic.

Q: The event sounds awesome. Can you tell me more about the beneficiary?

Benat: The North Texas REALTORS® in Action Foundation is a non-profit that was founded by REALTOR® members of CCAR to be able to financially assist the public in times of hardship. Anyone suffering a temporary financial hardship is welcome to apply to the foundation for assistance.  They have helped families affected by tornadoes, hurricanes, and even the elderly who have needed assistance ramps to be built. To apply for assistance or donate to the foundation please go to HelpNorthTexas.org

Still have questions about the Pet Expo? Check out these videos for additional information:

Give Now to Help Hurricane and Flooding Victims: Monetary and Item Donations Being Accepted

The Collin County Association of REALTORS®’ heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. CCAR’s North Texas REALTORS® in Action Foundation is in the process of aiding victims. Here’s how you can help:


CCAR’s North Texas REALTORS® in Action Foundation (NTRIAF) is accepting financial donations to assist the victims of the devastation left behind by Harvey. In addition, money donated will also help with the ongoing cleanup, repair and support of local communities impacted by Harvey’s destruction. NTRIAF is a recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization, and financial contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donate to NTRIAF here:  www.HelpNorthTexas.org/donate.



REALTOR® offices across the Metroplex are collecting items to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Offices accepting donation items are listed below alphabetically by city. A list of crucial items needed can be found further down the page.

JP & Associates: 701 Highlander, Suite 155 – Arlington, TX 76015

Keller Williams Dallas Preston Road: 8383 Preston Road – Dallas, TX 75252
Donation times: Monday (8/28)–Tuesday (8/29): 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Wednesday (8/30): 9 a.m.–Noon

JP & Associates: 1200 Summit Pkwy, Suite 500 – Fort Worth, TX 76102

JP & Associates: 6136 Frisco Square, Suite 200 – Frisco, TX 75034

Keller Williams Central: 104 N. Murphy Road – Murphy, TX 75094
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs: 418 Village Drive, Suite 100 – Murphy, TX 75094

RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs: 3915 McDermott Road, Suite 100 – Plano, TX 75025
VIVO Realty: 5200 McDermott Road, #135 – Plano, TX 75024

Keller Williams Central: 501 W. President George Bush – Richardson, TX 75080

These are the CRUCIAL items that are needed:
Large black trash bags
Gloves for outdoor use
Face masks
Paper products: Paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, plastic forks and spoons
Rubber gloves
Water testing kits
Dog and cat food
Rubber boots
First aid kits
Batteries (all sizes)
Shampoo/body wash
Bug spray
Underwear (new) for men, women, and children
Socks (new) for men, women, and children
Feminine hygiene products
Non-perishable food
Bottled water

If you belong to a REALTOR® or Affiliate office that is conducting a donation drive, please forward the information to [email protected] so that your office can be added to the above list.

Community Outreach Committee

CCAR’s Community Outreach Committee: Serving Collin County

Sometimes it is a simple act of selflessness that stands out in one’s mind. Brandon Hern witnessed such an act.

“My oldest son donated all his savings to help kids at his school afford books. When I asked him why he so quickly donated all his savings, his response was simple. ‘Dad, they need books right now more than I need toys.’”

Brandon Hern“What attracted me to that Committee was purpose. A sense of service has always been my core driver in life, and this Committee is geared towards finding creative ways to support Collin County residents in times of need.”

—Brandon Hern, Community Outreach Committee Vice-Chair


Hern joined the Community Outreach Committee a little more than a year ago to do the same thing: Help people. The Community Outreach Committee was established to implement and support outreach programs in Collin County. Members of the Committee organize events like toy drives and a pancake breakfast to raise donations for local non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County. In addition, they raise funds for the North Texas REALTORS® in Action Foundation, which implements outreach programs to aide local areas impacted by natural disasters. This includes providing charitable donations, volunteer work, education, and charitable housing initiatives.

Realizing the value of volunteerism, Hern encourages his two sons, ages 4 and 10, to participate in several events the group organizes. Last year, the trio was involved in the Relay For Life of McKinney-Allen.

“What attracted me to that Committee was purpose,” said Hern, a CCAR Affiliate member and loan officer for Integrity Mortgage Corp of Texas. “A sense of service has always been my core driver in life and this Committee is geared towards finding creative ways to support Collin County residents in times of need.”

If you are interested in being a part of the Community Outreach Committee, click here to complete the Committee Volunteer Form.


Habitat for Humanity to Open Larger ReStore in Plano

South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The store staff and volunteers have put in extra time transporting the items over from the current location in anticipation of the new store. According to Manager Christine Martin, the community of Plano has been supportive in donating items and time.

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary in Plano and Earth Day, the South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is relocating to a larger facility.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that offer a vast array of new and gently used items and building supplies at discounted costs. These donations range from appliances, tools, and furniture to electronics, home décor, and building supplies.

The current ReStore occupies a 10,000-square-foot facility located at 1400 Summit Ave. in Plano, in which 75-percent of its space is sales floor. The new 18,000-square-foot facility will be located at 2060 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Suite 402 in Plano. In addition to having a larger, more accessible facility, the new site will boost a sales floor of 90 percent, will be forklift-able, and will offer more new and close-out items, in addition to gently used donated items. Parking will also be ample with hundreds of parking slots available, instead of the current 20 spaces.

“The proceeds from the ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes for low- and moderate-income families in Collin County. We currently have over 200 families on a two-year waiting list needing help.” — Christine Martin, manager of South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Upon entering into the store, there are two sectioned spaces that will house antiques and new or barely used furniture.

“The new location of the Plano ReStore is expected to provide much needed visibility for the South Collin County Affiliate, help obtain more sponsors, increase community involvement, and provide a perpetual income stream for future projects,” said ReStore Manager Christine Martin.

According to Martin, the staff will be able to focus on what they can do and who they can help in the new location, rather than primarily focusing on warehouse sales.

“The working poor, seniors on fixed income, disabled vets, and challenged individuals are our direct beneficiaries,” Martin said. “Indirectly, the 2,500 to 3,000 volunteers per year in our area doing all the work of building and repairing and operating the ReStore and much more also find they have benefited.”

The local Habitat for Humanity organization operates the Plano ReStore. The items in the ReStore can be used in the homes Habitat helps build or repair. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the South Collin County cities of Plano, Allen, Wylie, Nevada, North Dallas, Richardson, and Fairview.

“The proceeds from the ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes for low- and moderate-income families in Collin County,” Martin said. “We currently have over 200 families on a two-year waiting list needing help.”

“Habitat for Humanity is a Helping Hand Up, not a hand-out. Homeowners who cannot qualify for a normal mortgage must put in 400 “sweat equity” hours in their project or help others with theirs, and then pay back the cost minus interest over an agreed upon period of time,” she explained.

South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Throughout the space, the artwork of local artists and members of Collin College Spring Creek Campus’ Art Club can be seen in the form of painted murals.

In anticipation of the new store, a VIP Reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday, April 20 from 4-8 p.m., in which all CCAR members are invited. The Grand Opening is planned for April 29-30 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Family festivities will include prize giveaways, cultural dance performances, martial arts performances, cheerleading and drill team performances from local colleges and high schools, chair massages, henna artists, and face painting. For more information, visit www.planorestore.com or call 972-424-0791.

Women’s Council of REALTORS®: Building Career Success

By Mary Nelson, WCR Past President

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is a national organization that promotes education for REALTOR® members. Many of our past leaders attribute their career successes to WCR, including Leslie Rouda Smith, Bob Baker, Linda Chase, Barb Trumbull, and David Alan Cox.

The WCR Collin County chapter has been chartered through CCAR since 1974, and we are grateful for the continued support of our Association. We invite all CCAR REALTORS® to join us and take advantage of our numerous educational programs, as well as our networking events. WCR is a safe haven that allows you to network with your peers and build relationships with the many mentors in our chapter. In addition, WCR members are connected to 12,500 others nationwide. The WCR Scholarship Program offers up to $300 in scholarships to all national members after one year of membership.

Upcoming events include:

Battle of the Bras
Annual fundraiser benefiting Women Rock, which assists local breast cancer victims.
October 28, 6-9:30 p.m.
Marriott – The Shops at Legacy, Plano

Marketing to Millennials
November 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Stonebriar County Club, Frisco

Installation of 2017 Officers
December 14, 4-6 p.m.
Gleneagles County Club, Plano

Finally, a note of thanks and remembrance to Karen Wunderlick for her support and dedication to our WCR Collin County chapter. Karen served as Chapter President in 1999 and was a member since 1994. Karen passed unexpectedly on August 19, and she is missed by so many. In her honor, the “Karen Wunderlick Performance Management Network (PMN) Scholarship” will be awarded to a qualified Chapter member who takes courses to obtain their PMN designation. PMN is a national WCR designation, and Karen was a PMN designee.

We hope that you will join us and find out for yourself all that WCR has to offer!