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Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors sponsors Gerard Lozano Memorial Blood Drive in the spirit of cooperation, Nov. 30

Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors and the Fresno Association of Realtors

The members and affiliates of our Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors were recently very saddened to learn that the Executive Vice President of the Fresno Association of Realtors passed away on October 1, 2020 only a couple of weeks after learning he had contracted a very aggressive form of thyroid cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Donna, as well as numerous friends and relatives. Mr. Lozano was only fifty years old at the time of his demise.

Gerard was born May 11, 1970 in Fresno to Michael and Dolores Lozano, the fourth of five boys. He is reputed to have loved life and to have the ability to add happiness and smiles to everyone he met.

"Gerard started his career as the Governmental Affairs Director and had recently been promoted to Executive Vice President of the Fresno Association of REALTORS®, an organization Gerard [had] been employed with for over 20 years. Gerard worked with many REALTORS®, legislative representatives, community members and staff, making his impression on all." (Obituary of Gerard Lawrence Lozano, Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home)

The "Gerard Lozano Memorial Blood Drive in the Spirit of Cooperation" will be held from Monday, November 30 until Saturday, December 5, at various Blood Centers around the State. All of Region 12, which is comprised of seven Realtor Associations in the San Joaquin Valley, are participating in the blood drives as well as some associations in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.

The idea behind the "Spirit of Cooperation" is that all participants get recognition for helping to achieve the goal. Just as two competing real estate companies come together to make one sale by cooperating with each other, the intention is to show others by example how to cooperate and get things done. As Don Scordino, President of the Fresno Association of Realtors, stated: "Imagine if our elected officials would follow our lead and get things done without worrying about who got the most credit."

The Houchin Community Blood Bank will be conducting the memorial blood drive in Mr. Lozano's honor on November 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the K-Mart parking lot. To register, telephone Houchin Community Blood Bank at (661) 323-4222 or register online at http://www.hcbb.com. Click on the red "Donate Now" button and then the red "Schedule an Appointment" button which will lead to a list of current public blood drives in Kern County.

According to the Houchin Community Blood Bank, "Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood. Demand is high, but we can help." How proud is Mr. Lozano's family going to be when they see the impact left by Gerard on so many people that they are willing to give their blood in his name.