Anthony Marguleas and his Pacific Palisades real estate company, Amalfi Estates, will be honored at several events this fall.
Marguleas was recently named one of the “top 30 agents in L.A.” by The Hollywood Reporter. The magazine considered sales volume, MLS-listed sales to Hollywood clients and media visibility to make its selections.
THR wrote about Marguleas/Amalfi Estates, “In a market dominated by mega-agencies, his tight-knit company features a team of eight agents who did $474 million in sales in 2021.” He was a co-listing agent on the Hearst Estate.
On Tuesday, September 20, at THR’s second annual Power Broker Awards Dinner, Marguleas has been nominated for the Philanthropic Impact Award.
Then on October 1, he and his company will be honored at the annual Benefit Gala for Wags and Walks, a canine rescue organization. More than 10,000 dogs have been saved, and this event hopes to raise $1 million, which will be enough to save 2,000 dogs.
The rescue 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. Visit: wagsandwalks.org
Amalfi Estates is the presenting sponsor for the American Cancer Society’s main Los Angeles fundraiser, the Cal Spirit event on October 2 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The event brings together more than 450 corporate, industry and community leaders to enjoy culinary creations from L.A.’s most renowned chefs and restaurants.
Marguleas notes, “We are a philanthropic company that excels at selling real estate. Alongside our commitment to our clients stands our commitment to our community.”
Ten percent of the net commissions from his team is given to one of six charities: The People Concern, American Cancer Society, Wags & Walks, Homeboy Industries, Make-A-Wish, and Heal the Bay. Since 2015, Amalfi has donated more than $2 million to charities.
Annually, Marguleas also donates to the nonprofit Village Green, and gives out Thanksgiving pies and heart-shaped boxes of candy for Valentine’s Day.
The Palisades resident grew up in Rancho Mirage, where his father owned Sun World, an agricultural company that marketed red seedless grapes, watermelon and special varieties of fruits and vegetables. His first job was working in the grape fields cleaning up after workers who had picked the grapes.
Marguleas attended the University of Riverside, where he started his own silk-screening company, and also RELY Safe Rides, which involved volunteers driving people home free of charge if they had been drinking.
“My last year in college I started a charitable scholarship in my grandparents’ and parents’ names awarded to students who do the most service,” Marguleas said. “I was also named the Volunteer of the Year for the City of Riverside during college. Whenever I decide to retire, I would love to be involved with some charities and do volunteer work because it’s my second passion.”
When Marguleas was 26 he was diagnosed with a rare cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, and was given only a 30 percent chance of survival. His parents and an older and twin brother watched while he dwindled to 98 pounds during radiation, chemotherapy and finally a bone-marrow transplant.
“I seemed to always know I was going to be one of the survivors. I have always had a positive attitude,” Marguleas said. “So many people are given challenges in life and the real test is how one handles those challenges. As painful as the cancer treatments were, the hardest part was seeing the pain it caused my family as they watched me go through it.
“It sounds odd, but I am thankful and grateful for everything–even cancer. Without it I would never have met my wife [Sue, an oncology nurse], appreciate life as much and gotten as close with my family. Most people in their 20s take life for granted, but I was given a lesson in how important life is and to live every day to the fullest, which was a huge blessing.”