Real Estate Partners Sponsors Yellow Ribbon America’s Operation Christmas For Our Troops III

Dec. 7, 2006 – IRVINE, Calif. — Real Estate Partners, Inc., a national real estate investment and management services company based in Irvine, Calif., announced today it will participate as the national sponsor for Yellow Ribbon America’s Operation Christmas for Our Troops III. The event was announced at a press conference Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at the state capital, and was attended by representatives of the California State legislature and military.

A similar press conference will be held Thursday, December 7, 2006 at the Ralphs Supermarket, 3410 West Third Street, in Los Angeles. Press arrival time is 9:45 a.m., and the program is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of the Los Angeles City Council and City Supervisors will be in attendance.

“Yellow Ribbon America’s Operation Christmas Toy Drive is a great way to show our troops and their families we appreciate the many sacrifices they make for our country,” stated Tom Thompson, president of Real Estate Partners. “Real Estate Partners has been a proud sponsor of Yellow Ribbon America and this event in particular. With hundreds of drop off points, our goal is to make this season a very merry one for the children and loved ones of our brave military men and women.”

Operation Christmas for Our Troops III is the largest Christmas holiday effort in the nation for America’s deployed military and their families. This year’s event marks the third annual Operation Christmas held by Yellow Ribbon America. Operation Christmas for Our Troops is a bi-partisan, statewide effort supported by the California State Capitol for deployed National Guard and Reserve military members, as well as private organizations such as Real Estate Partners.

Last year Yellow Ribbon America collected over 47,000 toys and DVDs, as well as gift cards and donations for California’s military families. Information about Yellow Ribbon America and the drop off locations for Operation Christmas can be found at www.yellowribbonamerica.org.

“Operation Christmas for Our Troops gives our leaders in government, the community and businesses a chance to pull together and show support not only for our valued military men and women, but especially for their families this holiday season,” said Brad White, national chairman of Yellow Ribbon America and legislative board member of the National Guard. “With the help of our generous sponsors, such as Real Estate Partners, we can provide children of our troops with a very merry Christmas.”

Yellow Ribbon America was founded in February 2003 as a non-partisan, grassroots effort to unite all Americans in directly helping our nation’s military and their families during wartime. The mission of Yellow Ribbon America is to provide a national framework to organize America’s cities and towns to deliver immediate and direct support to deployed military personnel and the families who are left behind.

Yellow Ribbon America is a proud partner in the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program that spotlights efforts by American citizens and industries to support the nation’s men and women in uniform. The Yellow Ribbon America campaign for California’s Military & their Families is a sponsored project of the National Guard Association of California.

Real Estate Partners, Inc. is a privately held real estate investment services firm specializing in the acquisition, repositioning, management and disposition of high-growth properties, including multifamily, retail, office and industrial. Real Estate Partners offers unique opportunities to individual and group investors and 1031 exchanges requirements. The principals and officers of Real Estate Partners are creative, experienced commercial real estate investment and finance professionals who are dedicated to maximizing investor value through strategic acquisitions, key partnerships and a suite of management services.

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