Young mortgage professionals from the greater San Diego area came together on October 24th for the YMPA San Diego chapter's first philanthropic event, Cycle For Kayla. Together, $1,550 was raised for the Live Like Kayla Foundation.
The Live Like Kayla Foundation's goal is to keep Kayla’s spirit alive by providing financial assistance to the underprivileged, and college scholarships to individuals who exemplify Kayla’s personal values. They also seek to create outreach programs that strengthen the community.
The YMPA fundraiser, held at SparkCycle in San Diego's Liberty Public Market, was a charity ride. Participants paid $25 to take the 45-minute cycling class. The cycling instructor donated their time for the cause, as well. A small silent auction was also held before and after the event. From beginners to avid cyclers, all skill levels came out to support the cause.
Through the class cost and the silent auction, the YMPA raised approximately $775. Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc., YMPA Affiliate, matched that amount, bringing the grand total contributed to $1,550.
Vanessa Rodriguez, Account Executive at Plaza Home Mortgage and YMPA member, said the partnership started because her sister was a beneficiary of the Live Like Kayla Foundation. Thanks to the Live Like Kayla Foundation, her first year of college books at University of California, Davis were paid for. Tyler Delbert, Loan Officer at Mountain Trust who is also involved with the YMPA, is the brother of Kayla.
"It is so great to see the mortgage community coming together and supporting one another. We hope that this is just the beginning of the YMPA's philanthropic efforts. It's our goal to make Cycle For Kayla a yearly event. We're already looking forward to next year," Rodriguez said.
[L-R: Erica Zanich (Essent MI), Vanessa Rodriguez (Plaza Home Mortgage), Tyler Delbert (Mountain Trust, Kayla’s brother), Allison Castro (Kayla’s mother) and JD Cutri (Plaza Home Mortgage)]
The YMPA would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity in making the contribution to the Live Like Kayla Foundation possible: