Realtor Tamara Williams, shown in the back row, center, is pictured with several participants in the local Pace Center for Girls program, along with other organizers and volunteers.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Tamara Williams, broker/owner of Sweet Life Realty Group in West Palm Beach, is a giver. “I come from a family that gives back. From the time I could drive myself, I would go to nursing homes (to visit the elderly residents),” she says.
So, it’s no surprise that when the opportunity to attend a fundraising event for Pace Center for Girls Treasure Bond presented itself, Williams did more than just attend.
“Pace Center for Girls is a program for girls with trauma,” she explains. “They’ve been abused emotionally, sexually and physically. They aren’t progressing in the public school, so this is an alternative school for them.”
Williams attended the luncheon where she heard from girls whose lives were changed because of Pace.
“One young girl, about 13 years old, had been abused and was acting out in school. Her mother didn’t know where to turn, so she applied to Pace,” she says. According to Williams, the teachers and counselors at Pace got her to open up, helped her develop a better relationship with her mother and the girl turned her life around.
“She graduated from the program, went to college and is working on her career,” she says.
Soon after that first event, Williams applied to be on the board, where she served for three years. Now, she serves as fundraising chair: A few years ago, she proposed an idea to have a “Support a Pace Girl” campaign.
“I wanted to give the girls the attention they deserved, provide them with uniforms, books, lunch, computers and more,” she says. Williams calculated that it would take $1,200 a year or $100 a month to impact a Pace girl’s life.
Williams coordinated the event and invited community leaders.
“We handpicked about 100 people to attend, secured a gorgeous estate home for the event and had some of the graduates of the school speak to the guests. The girls poured out their souls and we raised over $55,000. Our previous events netted us only about $5,000. It was incredible,” says Williams.
Williams cherishes her involvement with the Pace Center for Girls, noting it’s had a great impact on her life. She adds that being able to give back to her community is part of what she loves about being in the real estate business.
“I have a great deal of empathy and passion for the people I work with in real estate,” she says. “No matter if a buyer is looking at a $50,000 home or one listed for $500,000, I give them the same attention. I have always been the type to get out and help. It’s my nature and real estate gives me the opportunity to help.”
For more information about Pace School for Girls, which has multiple locations around Florida, go to http://www.pacecenter.org.