As the holiday season approaches, Amalfi Estates founder Anthony Marguleas and his growing team continue to donate to local charities.
“We can all give back, it doesn’t have to be large amounts,” said Marguleas, whose team of 10 agents – through 20 families – donated close to $500,000 from their commissions this year to five partner charities: The People Concern, American Cancer Society, Wags&Walks, Homeboy, Make-a-Wish and Heal the Bay. Annually, Marguleas also donates to the Village Green. (visit:amalfiestates.com). Ten percent of a commission on each transaction is donated to the charity of the client’s choice.
On November 6, the Amalfi team helped sponsor the Wags and Walks fundraiser. “We have been fortunate this year to give close to $100,000 to this charity,” said Marguleas, who noted that Amalfi team member Victoria Velazquez also adopted a dog, Lola, from Wags.
The fundraiser took place at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood with Sir Patrick Stewart and was hosted by Max Greenfield and Wags and Walks founder Lesley Brog.
“We celebrated our charity partner’s 10-year anniversary and the 7,000 dogs that have been saved,” said Amalfi marketing coordinator Brittney Penoulh, who noted that with the money donated, at-risk and injured dogs were rescued from kill shelters and given the care they required before moving to adopted homes.
Wags and Walks was founded in 2011 by Brog, the daughter of a veterinarian, who was devastated by the number of sweet and healthy dogs being euthanized due to overcrowding in L.A. shelters.
When Brog started the organization, her main goal was to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods. She wanted to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in local shelters by showing the community that you can find wonderful dogs of all breeds and sizes through rescue.
If a resident is interested in adopting a dog, visit wagsandwalks.org to see the costs and requirements.