REALTOR® members are some of the strongest advocates for our community, and besides helping clients buy and sell, many go above and beyond to help those in need and to improve the places we live and work. We know that many of our members do just that, including REALTOR® Angie Borras who founded the American Spirit Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the community in events that promote dormant history, respect and vitality of the American Spirit.
Funds raised help active troops that are in financial distress to keep their homes and support other Veteran program initiatives.
It all started seven years ago simply enough: Borras decided to plant thousands of flags around Castle Hills for Independence Day.
“Being a military family, I presented colors and had a small ceremony with an invocation and invited residents to attend,” says Borras. “I spoke of the historical significance of the corridor, specifically the Second Indianhead Division.”
Residents flocked to thank her for sharing this little known history with them and were moved by memorializing the soldiers who served in this area. It was then the light bulb went off, and Borras knew she needed to keep up the effort to maintain San Antonio’s rich history, particularly the courageous involvement of those who served the military from San Antonio.
“We decided we would start a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the community together in activities that revive dormant history. In addition, all donations would go towards veteran initiatives,” says Borras.
In 2017, the American Spirit Alliance was invited to participate in the city’s Tricentennial in which Borras organized the American Spirit Run, a five-person relay race from Fort Sam Houston to Camp Bullis.
“The Tricentennial event was a hit and the relay race was a sight to see!” Borras says. “The community planted thousands of flags as the runners set their sights towards Camp Bullis. Once on NW Military Highway the sight of thousands of flags encouraged them to the finish line.”
Though still a new organization, Borras is excited to watch its growth and wants to engage her fellow REALTOR® members in getting involved. On November 9th, the American Spirit Alliance will host its second annual five-person relay race, and Borras encourages members to put together a team and participate. Not only will this raise funds for veterans, but she sees this as a tool for agents to develop their businesses too.
“They have the opportunity to expand their networks, create good faith, and nurture business relationships,” she says. “If you’re familiar at all with Corpus Christi’s Beach to Bay Relay then you’ll understand the objective to have this relay become an integral part of Military City USA.”
She’s encouraging agents to learn more about the American Spirit Alliance and to get involved. Funds raised go toward supporting veterans, with past recipients including Operation K-9, SA Young Marines, Special Forces, and others.
“And now, we will use donations to help active troops in financial distress not lose their homes but make it a retirement vehicle for them instead.”
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