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article imageOp-Ed: Realtors get a chance to gather and have fun at Crab Feed Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Apr 10, 2014 in Business
San Mateo - As winter ends and spring begins, many people like to enjoy a crab feed or seafood fest. It is a good opportunity to bring family, friends and communities together.
And, that also includes the office with a chance to visit and share a meal with co-workers. This past March 20, the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® (SAMCAR) had its third Annual Crab Feed and Variety Show at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club.
over 260 Realtors® along with affiliate members and their families enjoyed an evening of camaraderie and a scrumptious crab feed, that was a sold-out event
The variety show that evening for the annual crab feed had a panel of judges. They were (left to rig...
The variety show that evening for the annual crab feed had a panel of judges. They were (left to right) Joey Oliva of Marshall Realty, Paul Stewart, Director of SAMCAR Government Affairs office, and Beth Ann Gambardela of Fidelity Title Co.
Courtesy of San Mateo County Association of Realtors
The Variety Show was hosted by SAMCAR's own Toast Master, Steven Cappa of California Real Estate Loans and judged by Fidelity Title's Beth Anne Gambardella (who incidentally back in 2001-2002, starred in the pre-Broadway San Francisco engagement of the rival of musical "Little Mary Sunshine" before joining Fidelity). Marshall Realty's Joey Oliva (who was a former theatrical producer in New York City and record producer of Broadway Cast albums), and Paul Stewart (SAMCAR’S Government Affairs Director,) also served as judges for the show. "A great time was had by all," said Oliva.
Rollicking in the fun that Thursday evening, a series of songs and skits were performed by Realtors, Steve Balian (of Coldwell Banker, San Mateo), Kathy Wall (of Prudential California), Kenneth Canedo (of Marshall Realty), and Roger Mariucci (also of Marshall Realty). Also joining in the fun for the show were members of the Young Professional Net-workers.
The Young Professionals Network group of the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS (SAMCAR) are a group of young professionals (ages 18 to 35, who just starting their careers) are working together to better serve clients and the real estate industry, while fine-tuning their skills and gaining more experience with the support of a professional association.
Seen here is SAMCAR s Young Professionals Network group  doing their grand finale at the variety sho...
Seen here is SAMCAR's Young Professionals Network group, doing their grand finale at the variety show portion of the annual crab feed event on March 20, 2014.
Courtesy of San Mateo County Association of Realtors
To have a social event like the crab feed allows for various circles within the real estate industry to meet and get better acquainted.
"The crab feed was a wonderful event," said Wall. "It was special for me, she said, because about 26 of my colleagues from Prudential California Realty came to watch me sing and root me on." Wall has been selling homes in the area for close to 20 years and the event was an opportunity for colleagues and co-workers to gather in a festive setting. The day-to-day routine of the office, can often leave little time for Realtors to socialize. "I sang a snappy version of 'Come Rain or Shine' she said, and the audience seemed to love it." "It was a lot of fun."
Among the Variety Show contestants that evening were (from left to right)  Ken Canedo of Marshall Re...
Among the Variety Show contestants that evening were (from left to right), Ken Canedo of Marshall Realty, Steve Balian of Coldwell Banker, Kathy Wall of Prudential and Roger Marriucci, also of Marshall Realty.
Courtesy of San Mateo County Association of Realtors
Balian who described himself as the comedian among the singers who performed that night, talked to this reporter after the event. He explained, "the Crab Feed was not for charity, but was a social gathering for just for fun." Although he pointed out that "SAMCAR has a Golf Tournament and Spaghetti feed for charity." Yet, he reiterated like Wall, Oliva and others that this crab feed was was simply to revel in a festive mode and enjoy the evening.
A DJ Chobe was present at the crab feed to ensure music was on and everyone was dancing.
A DJ Chobe was present at the crab feed to ensure music was on and everyone was dancing.
Courtesy of San Mateo County Association of Realtors
Balian pointed out that, SAMCAR is not just a group of Realtors and Affiliates but a trade group, that helps the industry and the community." "When Real Estate thrives the entire community also thrives," he said.
 A great time was had by all   said Joey Oliva of Marshall Realty  who was among the more than 260 p...
"A great time was had by all," said Joey Oliva of Marshall Realty, who was among the more than 260 people in attendance at the annual San Mateo County Association of Realtors crab feed on March 20, 2014.
Courtesy of San Mateo County Association of Realtors
"And as we found out in 2008 when Real Estate suffers, so does the community and economy." Balian believes that "Real Estate is the barometer of the economy and is part of everyone's lives weather they own or rent."
"And, that's no matter what their occupation is," he said. "Realtors take their job and responsibility very seriously," said Balian. "And, Realtors recognize the important part that they play in the lives of so many people. And, also they take seriously the responsibility to be part of the community and help it thrive, grow and give to the community," he said.
"Many thanks to SAMCAR’s Special Events Committee for all their volunteer work to make this event such a success," said Nasreen Wills, public relations and marketing director for SAMCAR. No doubt the realtor's association is looking forward to next year's crab feed event.
The San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®, like many realtor associations nationwide promotes the highest ethical standards of real estate practice. It serves as an advocate for home-ownership and homeowners, and represents the interests of property owners in San Mateo County. For more information, please contact SAMCAR at 650-696-8200. Or, visit the SAMCAR web site.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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