Support Real Estate Advocacy on Friday at Trio of Tastings
Friday night fundraiser will feature flights of wine, beer, and Swiss-style chocolate with a trio of local experts. 

In addition to sampling sessions, the evening also includes catered food, beverages, and many amazing live and silent auction items. In addition to our Trio of Experts, Andy Mahowald, 2023 NAR Public & Federal Issues Liaison will join us for the evening. All ticket and auction item purchases count as your contribution to RPAC for 2023!

Auction Item Preview List
  • .95 ctw Diamond by the Inch 18" Necklace - LIVE AUCTION
  • Private Wine Tasting & Charcuterie Catering for 12 in your Home - LIVE AUCTION
  • Brooke Bailey Portraits Signature Headshot Session - LIVE AUCTION
  • 1.0 ctw Diamond Stud Earrings - LIVE AUCTION
  • iPad Pro - LIVE AUCTION
  • Mash & Grape Whiskey Club (6-month subscription) 
  • Husky Air Compressor
  • Pendleton Vest, Pullover, Hat & Glove Sets
  • Rebecca Minkoff Backpack & Purse
  • Theobroma Chocolate Basket & Client Thank You Assortments
  • Kickback Outdoor Rocker Chairs (set of 2)
  • Beard Envy & Mark Pardo Products
  • 2 Awards Gala Tickets & Marriot King Room
  • Ponderosa Brewing Gift Basket
  • No Bull Prime Meats $200 Gift Card 
  • 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacumn
  • Yeti Ice Bucket, Lunch Box & Cooler
  • Rocketpocket Camping Cooking Kit
  • Drunk Elephant & Tula Products
  • GAAR Room Rental & Catering for 20
  • Betty's Day Spa Facial/Massage
  • Cornhole Toss (Region XI logo)
  • Kate Spade Satchel, Tote, Cosmetic Case & Wristlet
  • And MORE!!

Trio of Tastings 
Friday, September 8th
6:00 -10:00 pm

GAAR Event Center
1635 University Blvd NE

Tickets $100*
*Must be purchased with a personal credit card

Purchase Tickets:

Call GAAR Membership at 505-842-1433. 
Tickets must be purchased with a personal credit card

Trio of Experts

Jennie Thornton, Wine & Spirits Educator
Jennie previously taught the Wine & Spirit Education Trust curriculum at the International Wine Center in NYC. A professional wine educator with over 20 years of experience in Napa & London. In addition to her wine expertise, Jennie previously was a working chef in Europe and her knowledge of gastronomy aids her teaching style and class experience. Her workshop includes a wine flight paired with an individual charcuterie board.

Antonio Fernandez, Beverage, and Brewing Instructor
Antonio is now leading the new Distilled Spirits program at CNM. Formerly, the head brewer at Ponderosa, Fernandez has won gold medals for his Italian Pilsner at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. He will continue distilling spirits part-time for Ponderosa but has given up his title to focus on his new position at CNM. His workshop will discuss the History of Beer and Styles and his beer flight includes his award-winning Italian Pilsner.

Heather Clark, Swiss Style Chocolatier
Heather owns Theobroma Chocolates and has more than 20 years of experience as a Chocolatier. During her workshop, she will discuss the heritage of this epicurean delight and provide 4 European-style chocolates.

Want to Sponsor or Donate an Auction Item?

Trio of Tastings Sponsors


The Cates Team at RBC Wealth Management


Centric Title & Escrow
Fidelity National Title of New Mexico
Home Builders Association 
Maddox Management
No Bull Prime Meats

Sponsored by RECPAC which is comprised of 6 GAAR Trustees and 3 CARNM Trustees.


Congratulations to our current RPAC-NM Major Investors for 2023


Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS®


$5,000 total, sustaining $2,000 every year

Belinda Franco     Damon Maddox     Paul Wilson


$2,500 total, sustaining $1,500 every year

Cathy Colvin       Kurstin Johnson     Jeanette Raver    Teri Vasquez-Hatcher


$1,000 contribution for the year

Carol Bernstein     Kent Cravens     Melanie Cravens    Bill Davis   Hubert Hill II   Tim MacEachen    Carrie Traub

For more than 50 years, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has been one of the strongest and most successful advocacy organizations in the nation. And there’s one reason for that: REALTORS® like you. RPAC recognizes that an industry that shies away from politics is an industry whose future is unstable and uncertain. Your voluntary investments in RPAC earn us a seat at the table with legislative and policy decision-makers on Capitol Hill, statehouses, and city halls across the country. Your continued support and engagement allow us to shape the size, scope, and success of the real estate industry for REALTORS® and business, property, and homeowners alike. Together, we’re protecting the future of real estate in America. 

Your investment makes a difference at the federal, state, and local levels of government and ensures:

  1. New and proposed legislation and regulations are evaluated based on how they will impact you, your clients, and homeowners.
  2. Government affairs representatives can effectively lobby lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and state legislatures throughout the U.S.
  3. We can defend critical real estate-friendly policies like access to credit, tax incentives for homeownership, and the construction of affordable housing.
  4. Future COVID relief continues to be available to independent contractors, sole proprietors, and the self-employed.
  5. Fair housing initiatives make homeownership more available to struggling groups like minorities and millennials.

To learn more about RPAC, click here.

DISCLAIMER: Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Your contribution is split between National RPAC and the State PAC in your state. Contact your State Association or PAC for information about the percentages of your contribution provided to the National RPAC and the State PAC. The National RPAC portion is used to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116.