We are still going through our pictures and writing our thank yous, but what a success this year’s FIRM Charity golf tournament at the Key West Golf Club was! This year the Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors partnered with the Key West Association of Realtors to put on the event to raise money for FIRM to continue its efforts to reduce windstorm rates and challenge the new FEMA maps.

Special thanks to Titanium sponsors ($5,000+) Rick Haskins of Buy the Keys and John Isaksen of Isaksen Insurance. Isaksen Insurance has been the lead sponsor for the golf tournament every year, and we are happy to welcome Buy the Keys to the tournament.


Our new Platinum sponsor ($2,500+) this year was Braman Miami and Events Coordinator Tony Perez who provided our topflight yard art in the form of two swoon-worthy Bentleys. Thank goodness a stray ball didn’t smash through a windshield!



Each year MLKAR and KWAR donate their funds from the the Florida Realtors PAC to FIRM to support our state legislative work towards windstorm rates and our federal efforts towards a sustainable and fair National Flood Insurance Program. We are fortunate that they believe in FIRM’s mission so unwaveringly. 

Our $1,000+ sponsor list grew this year, and we express our gratitude to AMEC, American Caribbean Real Estate, Centennial BankColdwell Banker SchmittColdwell Banker Schmitt-Lisa Ferringo & Associates, Florida Keys Real Estate & Vacation Rentals of the Florida Keys, Insurance Office of America, Island Breeze Realty, Margaritaville Resort & Marina, Mortgage Lending Solutions, REMAX All Keys Real Estate,  and Superior Electric.

Congratulations to Team Gratton and their Ace in the Hole Pro-Bowler Warren Sapp!

Our $500-$750 participants include Royal Furniture, BHHS Knight & Gardner Realty, Capital Bank, Century 21 Schwartz Realty, Coldwell Banker Schmitt – Patti Nickless, Florida Keys Contractors Assn., Florida Keys Realty Group, Hawks Cay Resort Sales, Keller Williams Key West Real Estate – Robin Mitchell, Key Colony Beach Realty, Inc., Last Key Realty, Marathon Shores, LLC, Reece & Associates, Sellers Insurance, Success Mortgage Partners, and True Title Agency.

We thank all of the sponsors, players, and gift providers, and we’ll share the complete list when all has been tallied. And finally thank you to MLKAR President David Grego, CEO Wayne Carter, Administrative Assistant Lori Cameron and KWAR President Will Langley, CEO Darla Frye-Guevremont, Director of Member Services Daria Lopez and their committees. Putting together an event of this size and carrying it off without a hitch is no small feat.

The Monroe County Realtor associations and their affiliates are FIRM’s staunchest supporters. Our economy, based on tourism and real estate, faces major threats to our resiliency, which will determine whether any of us can remain in the Keys in the face of natural disasters. Working together we can  reduce our risk and be a model for other coastal communities.


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