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WEREP Check Presentation
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“Taco ‘Bout a Party!” Real Estate Professionals Host Fundraiser for Children in Need


Each year, the West End Real Estate Professionals (WEREP) host “Taco ‘Bout a Party,” a fundraiser supporting a worthy cause. For the past few years, WEREP has supported the Children’s Foundation of America with this very special event for a cause.

Jorge Merlos

Jorge Merlos presents a donation from WEREP

The West End Real Estate Professionals is a group of local Realtors and Affiliates that meet every Friday morning for real estate education, industry updates, tech tips, sharing listings, creating relationships and more. The group is a registered non-profit, which allows them to come together as real estate professionals to support local charities.

Jorge Merlos, of Integrity Home Finance, and his committee work to make community charity events a success for local causes. He coordinated with Chris and Patricia at Rock & Brews in Rancho Cucamonga to host this year’s “Taco ‘Bout a Party” fundraiser in correlation with the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The fundraiser was also part of our National Foster Care Month awareness campaign.

Sponsors of the fundraiser included Optiva IT LLC , Coldwell Banker Blackstone Realty, Hacienda Escrow Corp, Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, Tano Kapedani, Integrity Home Finance, Platinum Legacy Group, Emilio Nunez, Thomas Louisignau, MBM Credit Solutions, Willy Escobar, Scott Michael Junk, Gabriel Kutkowski, Jeanette Sanchez & Mike Merlos, REMAX Champions, Downtown West Covina , Luis Vasquez, 1st Continental Mortgage Rancho, Ara Bustos, Vanessa Mosqueda, Erik Chaplen, and Anna Millsan. The Laker Girls also made a special guest appearance!

Guests had a fantastic time, enjoying good food, music, dancing and raffles. Combining ticket sales, a portion of proceeds from the restaurant and raffle ticket sales, the fundraiser raised a whopping $4,515 in support of children in need!

Rock and Brews

Rock and Brews donates a portion of sales to CFA

Of the total amount, Rock & Brews donated $915 from a portion of food and drink sales from the evening, and WEREP presented a check for $3,600. In the history of their charitable giving, this donation is the largest WEREP has presented and their most successful charity event to date!

The Children’s Foundation of America is beyond grateful for WEREP’s ongoing support. We look forward to giving a presentation to their group later this year to provide an update on the work we do for children in need and will also attend their famous holiday party!

If you are a service group like WEREP, and would like the Children’s Foundation of America to give a presentation at an upcoming gathering, contact us at 909.426.0773.


Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.