KAAR Benevolent Fund

KAAR is pleased to announce the establishment of the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® Benevolent Fund. This unique fund is one of only a dozen of its kind at REALTOR® associations nationwide. The KAAR Benevolent Fund will provide assistance to KAAR members and their families, who can demonstrate severe financial hardship due to prolonged illness, catastrophic event or accident, or similar occurrence beyond their control.

“A resource of this magnitude will be a huge benefit for members in times of need.” said Lyle Irish, KAAR CEO.

The KAAR Benevolent Fund relies solely on the donations from the community and has been approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, making all contributions tax deductible.

The Fund’s Board of Directors is responsible for promoting its existence, coordinating special fundraising projects, and for the confidential approval and administration of any financial assistance. Initial Board of Directors members are Jim Oakley, Marianne Azambuja, Betsy Coleman, Mansour Hasan, Pat McGill, and Diana Traylor. KAAR CEO Lyle Irish will serve as the Executive Director of the Fund.

To make a contribution, you can call the KAAR office and pay with a credit card, or mail in a check, made out to KAAR Benevolent Fund.

A very special thanks to the KAAR affiliates for their fundraising efforts to help make sure the Fund starts off with money in its coffers. All KAAR members should keep an eye out for several future fun and interesting fundraisers already in the works by the affiliates.

For questions, send an email to benevolent@kaarmls.com 

Gold Partners

LeConte Realty Foundation

Engel & Völkers Knoxville, Cindy Kraus 

Realty Executives

Coldwell Banker

Michael Shope

Dwight Price, Broker/Owner


Tina Collins-Hefner, Realtor

Kelly White, Realtor

Lyle Irish, KAAR CEO


Silver Partners

Star Realty

Bentley & Associates Home Inspections

Elizabeth Wright, Realtor

 Marian Epps, Realtor

Bronze Partners

Jim Oakley, Realtor

Elizabeth McDaniel, Realtor

Mansour Hasan, State Farm Insurance

Vicki Williams, Movement Mortgage

Diana Traylor, Realtor

Shannon Foster-Boline, Realtor

Justin Bailey, Realtor

Kim Isenberg, Realtor

Sally Sparks, Realtor

Betsy Coleman, Realtor

Angel Scott, Realtor