COAR Now Accepting Applications for Charitable Giving 

BEND, Oregon — The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) is accepting applications from Central Oregon non-profits now through September 16, 2022 for COAR’s Charitable Giving. The criteria for those applying consist of:

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)3
  • Priority will be given to smaller organizations that provide basic needs to the community, such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical services.
  • Political organizations/campaigns, religious activities, sports teams, or individual activities are not eligible (religious organizations are eligible for community service programs).
  • Funds must be used for programs and not events or marketing.
  • Programs must occur in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Harney, or Wheeler counties.
  • A letter of recommendation from a COAR member.

The COAR Charitable Giving Committee will review applications and present checks to selected non-profits in October.

In 2021, COAR contributed $40,000 in funds, ranging from $500 to $2,500 to the following non-profits: BEAT Children's Theater, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, Care & Share Community Outreach, CASA of Central Oregon, Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, Clear Mourning, Council on Aging of Central Oregon, DAWNS House, Family Kitchen, Fences for Fido, Friends of the Children Central Oregon, Furnish Hope, Heartwarmers, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, Hunger Prevention Coalition, Latino Community Association, MountainStar, Prineville Kiwanis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Saving Grace, Shepherd's House Ministries. SMART Reading, St. Vincent DePaul of Crook County, and The Giving Plate.

For more information and the online application, visit this link https://bit.ly/3BGELeb. Please contact Shannon Lampe Wilcox at COAR with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 541-382-6027.


 

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due April 1

Bend, OR, February 22, 2021. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson and Wheeler counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

Local Real Estate Leadership Announced

Bend, Oregon, Dec. 15, 2020: While the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) was unable to host its annual Holiday and Installation Party this year, COAR is announcing the 2021 Board of Directors. The 2021 Executive Committee consists of:

  • President: Louie Hoffman, John L. Scott Bend
  • President Elect: Cat Zwicker, Desert Sky Real Estate
  • First Vice-President: Brent Landels, RE/MAX Key Properties
  • Past President: Jack Zika, Bend Premier Real Estate
  • Finance Chair: Wendy Adkisson, eXp Realty

2021 Exec

In 2020 REALTORS Give to Central Oregon Charities, COVID and Wildfire Relief

Oct. 27, 2020 (Bend, OR): The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) has contributed over $112,000 to local organizations this year. Most recently with a $20,000 contribution to the Central and Eastern Oregon Red Cross for providing wildfire relief in Central Oregon. 

COAR has several charitable giving programs:

  • Annual Giving-COAR accepts applications from January-September and distributes funds in October. Local nonprofits that focus on basic needs can apply for program funds. In 2020, the charitable giving committee contributed to:  
    • Adult & Teen Challenge, Pacific Northwest-Central Oregon Campus
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend
    • Care & Share Community Outreach
    • CASA of Central Oregon
    • Central Oregon Hunger Prevention Coalition
    • Community Shower Truck Ministry
    • Council on Aging of Central Oregon
    • Family Access Network
    • Family Kitchen
    • Friends of the Children Central Oregon
    • Healthy Beginnings
    • Heart of Oregon Corps
    • Jefferson County Faith Based Network
    • La Pine Community Kitchen
    • Latino Community Association
    • Central and Eastern Oregon Red Cross
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington 
    • Shepherd's House Ministries
    • St. Vincent de Paul Society Bend
    • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County
    • The Giving Plate
    • Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of The Cascades

Red Cross

Building a Better Central Oregon Announces 2022 Awardees

The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) has selected the 2022 Building a Better Central Oregon (BBCO) award winners. The BBCO Award’s purpose is to recognize those who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design, or use of materials.

Outstanding Outdoor Enhancement to SE Bend
Alpenglow Community Park
Presented to Bend Park and Recreation District

Outstanding Community Enhancement in Sisters
The Barn in Sisters

Outstanding Business Enhancement Project in Redmond
BASX Solutions
Presented to BASX Solutions, EDCO, SunWest Builders

Best Community Service Remodel in Redmond
Bethlehem Inn
Presented to Bethlehem Inn and BLRB Architects

Outstanding Architecture and Innovative Learning Environment
Caldera High School
Presented to Caldera High School and BBT Architects

Outstanding Public-Private Venture to Benefit the Local Veteran Community
Central Oregon Veterans Village
Presented to Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and Bend Heroes Foundation

Best Building Restoration
Domaine Serene Wine Lounge Bend
Presented to Domaine Serene and BLRB Architects

Best Gathering Place in NW Bend
The Grove
Presented to Project^

Excellence in Integrated Health and Community Service
Mosaic Medical Conners (Bend) and Madras Health Centers
Presented to Mosaic Medical, Jefferson County, and Housing Works

Outstanding Hospice Facility Fulfilling a Community Need
Partners in Care Hospice House
Presented to Partners in Care and COLE Architects

Best New Affordable Housing in Bend
Stillwater Crossing
Presented to Wishcamper Development Partners

Outstanding Community Repurpose/Enhancement Project
The Quad
Presented to Compass Commercial and Next Development Group

COAR will present the awards on October 19, from 4-6 PM at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. The event is sponsored by Porchlight Property Inspection Services and Mid Oregon Credit Union. For tickets, please click here. The presentation will also be viewable on COAR’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

2020 Top Real Estate Awards in Central Oregon Selected

Bend, OR, September 23, 2020. This past spring, the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) selected the 2020 EnCOAR Award winners. The EnCOAR awards represent those members that have given back through volunteer work, are very involved in the community, respected among their peers and represent REALTOR spirit. Awardees were:

 

REALTOR® of the Year
Cat Zwicker, Desert Sky Real Estate
Rookie of the Year
Angela Boothroyd, Windermere Central Oregon-Redmond
Affiliate of the Year
Annette Zukaitis, Deschutes County Title Company
Central Oregon Women’s Council Member of the Year 
Doniella Cox, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NW
Central Oregon Women’s Council Affiliate of the Year 
Mandy Davis, VP of Marketing, Total Real Estate Group
Commercial Transaction of the Year
Walt Ramage of NAI Cascade for the Les Schwab Flagship Store 

COAR Releases Donation Application for Non-Profits

Bend, OR, February 3, 2020. The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will be accepting applications for donations from local non-profits in two rounds due March 31 and September 11, 2020. The criteria for those applying consists of:

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due March 9th

Bend, OR, January 27, 2020. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson Harney, and Crook Counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due March 9th

Bend, OR, January 27, 2020. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson Harney, and Crook Counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

Local Real Estate Leadership Installed

Bend, OR, January 7, 2020: Last month, the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) installed the 2020 COAR Board of Directors. Included in the installation were the members of the COAR Executive Committee that will lead the organization in 2020, including: Jack Zika of Bend Premier Real Estate as President, Louie Hoffman of John L. Scott as President Elect, Cat Zwicker of Desert Sky Realty as First Vice President and Tony Levison of Windermere Central Oregon as Past President.

Central Oregon Housing Market Sees COVID-19 Impacts

Bend, OR, May 4, 2020: The First Quarter of 2020 was shaping up to be a strong year for real estate in Central Oregon according to data from the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO). Sales for residential properties in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Harney counties were up 14% in 2020 compared to 2019:

REALTORS Help Establish Fair Housing Month Locally

Bend, OR, April 30, 2020: Every April, REALTORS® across the country celebrate the passage of The Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968. In order to affirm our ongoing commitment to fair housing and the REALTOR® motto that “Fair housing makes US stronger,” the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) worked with cities throughout the region on acknowledgements, proclamations and resolutions recognizing April as Fair Housing Month.

Building a Better Central Oregon Announces 2019 Awardees

Bend, OR. Sept. 9, 2019. The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will present the 43rd Annual Building a Better Central Oregon (BBCO) Awards Oct. 16, 2019 at the Tetherow Resort. BBCO’s main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials. These 11 projects and two honorable mentions represent the best examples of economic and community improvement throughout the region.

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due April 15

Bend, OR, March 7, 2019. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson Harney, and Crook Counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

REALTORS Donate to St. Charles Challenge Grant

Bend, OR, May 8, 2019. On April 30th, the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) board of directors contributed $25,000 to the new St. Charles Patient Tower. “I’d like to thank Central Oregon Association of REALTORS for its generous gift toour new patient tower. We deeply appreciate the association’s supportandcommitmentto the expansion ofquality healthcare in Central Oregon,”JoeSluka, President and CEO of St. Charles Health System.

Local REALTORS Fight for Homeownership in Salem

Bend, OR, April 5, 2019. Over fifty members of the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) attended the 2019 REALTOR Day at the Capitol on April 2ndto meet with Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Cheri Helt, Representative Mike McClainand Representative Jack Zika. "Being active with fellow Realtors is one key to success for all of us. This week’s trip to Salem was no exception. We all learned details about how our lawmaking process works and got to ask direct questions of our lawmakersin person. And help those lawmakers better understand how parts of some bills proposed affect private property rights via real -life stories from our clients, “ said Dave Feagans, past COAR President.

Central Oregon Association of REALTORS’ Members Help Enhance Jefferson County with New Trails

Bend, Or (July 29, 2019) –The Central Oregon Association of Realtors(COAR)has received a $5,000 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors(NAR) to help make Jefferson County a better place to live by creating greater access to a multi-use trail system for walkers, runners, horse riders, mountain bikers and e-bike riders. The Madras East Hills TrailsProject is a trail system east of town, just across from Juniper Hills Park. COAR is also contributing $500 toward for the project. Madras Realtors recently volunteered at the trail system, installing signs and helping to build and refine trail features such as berms.