Rita's Involvement in the Community

Rita Santamaria has always been active in the community both local and statewide, often giving her time and generous support to many organizations that are close to her heart.

An example of her overwhelming generosity was never more evident than in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. The doors of Champions School of Real Estate were opened wide to the victims of Hurricane Katrina who were rebuilding their lives and seeking careers in the real estate profession. Their classes, teachers, texts, materials, breakfast, and frequently lunch, were provided and donated free of charge to those who found their way to any one of the campuses in Texas. Victims were welcomed at Champions throughout the entire fourth quarter of 2005. Sixty-eight students attended 367 classes, with scholarships exceeding $47,000.00. Rita stepped forward and made a difference that would last for lifetimes. She was recognized for her demonstration of caring about others by the Houston Association of Realtors gaining her a humanitarian award that year.

Below is a list of charities and organizations that Rita and Champions School of Real Estate® donates their time and money to helping.

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association Harris Co.
  • American Heart Association Montgomery Co.
  • AREAA Lion Dance Sponsorship
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America
  • Austin Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • Austin Board of REALTORS®
  • Austin Business Journal
  • Austin Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Battle of the Bras event for WCR Collin County
  • Burgers for Babies Annual Fundraiser
  • Collin County Association of REALTORS®
  • Council of Residential Specialists
  • Easter Seals of North Texas
  • FACE
  • Four River Association of REALTORS®
  • Greater Denton/Wise Association of REALTORS®
  • Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®
  • Houston Association of REALTORS®
  • Keller Williams Austin Vendor Partner Program
  • Lone Star College Endowment Fund
  • MD Anderson
  • Metrotex Association of REALTORS®
  • Montgomery County Women's Shelter
  • Nancy Owens Breast Cancer Awareness
  • National Association of REALTORS®
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Northwest Area Ministries
  • Platinum Top 50 Austin | San Antonio
  • Snowball Express
  • Susan Komen Race for the Cure
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • Spears Elementary, Frisco ISD
  • The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce
  • TREPAC — Auction Donations
  • Williamson County Board of REALTORS®
  • Women's Council of REALTORS® Austin
  • Women's Council of REALTORS® – Local Chapters
  • Women's Council of REALTORS® – Texas Chapter
  • Woodlands High School Youth Athletics Foundation

This list is on-going monthly and we're proud of that!