Hans Hansson | February 5, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 23, 2015 -- Members of Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA), a national real estate referral network, announced today the contribution of a down payment on a continuing pledge in support of the Special Olympics, which are chaired by former world decathlon champion and actor Rafer Johnson. The pledge was offered through some unusual circumstances punctuated by a touching story AREA member, Ronna Brand, told the membership of her incredible reuniting with the former Olympic decathlon athlete, renewing a long dormant friendship first begun when she was a small child.
When Brand was child, she attended a small but very progressive school in Los Angeles. During one school day, former Olympian, Johnson, was sent to Brand’s school by UCLA to teach students how to run.
Decades later in the winter of 2014, Brand found herself waiting in a Doctor’s office in Beverly Hills when she found herself listening to a stranger explain the finer points of a soccer game that they both were viewing on a TV in the waiting room. That man was Rafer Johnson.
As they reconnected, Brand learned about Johnson’s incredible job heading the Special Olympics, the story was quickly shared with her fellow members prompting the group to decide to make the Special Olympics its charity of choice.
On December 22nd last year, Brand, a highly successful Beverly Hills real estate broker, accompanied by Hans Hansson, President of Starboard TCN (San Francisco), another member of the AREA group who made a substantial personal contribution and met with Johnson in Los Angeles to present the first of which AREA hopes will encourage many future contributions to Special Olympics.
PHOTO CAPTION: Hans Hansson, San Francisco and a member of AREA, together with Ronna Brand, Beverly Hills, chair of AREA’s Special Olympics Fund, present their first check to Special Olympics chairman, Rafer Johnson during a ceremony on December 22, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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