SOURCE: Zephyr Real Estate

Zephyr Real Estate

March 28, 2011 15:58 ET

Matthew Stocker of Zephyr Real Estate Shows Community Commitment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) -  Native San Franciscan Matthew Stocker is a fine example of giving back to one's community. A third-generation local and agent with Zephyr Real Estate, Stocker has been in the industry for almost 30 years. He has a love of the City, and spends a great deal of his personal time in charitable endeavors.

A big part of his efforts are focused on Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS). PAWS is a volunteer-based organization that provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with disabling HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. By providing these essential support services, educating the larger community on the benefits of the human-animal bond, and advocating for the rights of disabled individuals to keep service animals, PAWS improves the health and well-being of disabled individuals and the animals in their lives. Stocker volunteers as a "celebrity" bartender at fundraisers, bakes cookies for the volunteer appreciation party and helps out wherever he can.

Petchitecture is PAWS' signature annual fundraiser, and will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Over 800 human guests and their well-behaved canine companions are treated to a gala evening unlike any other in San Francisco, including an exhibition of one-of-a-kind pet habitats created by some of the Bay Area's leading architects and designers. A live auction features lifestyle packages, and guests bid on valuable items contributed to the silent auction while dining on the Palace's award-winning cuisine. In addition, some of the most talented animal photographers in the Bay Area are on-hand to catch that perfect moment with guests and their pets.

In addition to PAWS, Stocker is involved with Maitri Compassionate Care. Maitri, pronounced MY-tree, is a Sanskrit word that means "compassionate friendship." Maitri believes that no one should have to suffer or die alone, and provides residential care to those in need of hospice and cultivates respect and love for life among its residents and caregivers. Maitri is the only AIDS-specific residential care facility in California and serves as a model internationally for similar facilities.

Maitri's Gala and Auction, commemorating 24 years of compassionate care, will be held Sunday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the County Fair Building in the Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate Park. The event features music by jazz artist Paula West, cuisine by Luscious Wines and Libations, and extravagant live and silent auctions. Stocker will be bartending at the pre-party in Supervisor Scott Wiener's office. All tips go to the cause.

Stocker's commitment to community continues further. He is also actively involved with the Hearing Dog Program, EARN Auxiliary, San Francisco Bike Coalition, AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

When asked about his various volunteering activities, Stocker replied, "When we volunteer our time, money or skills, we help make the world a better place and make ourselves better people as well."

Stocker is an e-PRO® certified professional by the National Association of REALTORS®. He is also a member of the San Francisco, California and National Association of REALTORS®, Corona Heights Neighborhood Association and Friends of the Urban Forest.

For more information about Matthew Stocker, please visit his website at or call 415-252-5200. To get involved with PAWS, Maitri Compassionate Care, or any of the other worthwhile organizations listed, please visit their websites directly to find out about upcoming events and learn more about how you can help.

About Zephyr Real Estate
Founded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco's largest independent real estate firm with $1 billion in annual gross sales in 2010 and a current roster of more than 200 full-time agents. In 2010, Zephyr launched its new website, which has earned two web design awards, including the prestigious Interactive Media Award. Zephyr Real Estate is a member of the international relocation network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; the luxury real estate network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate; and the local luxury marketing association, the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco. Zephyr has six strategically located offices and serves a large customer base throughout San Francisco and around the Bay. For information, visit

Contact Information

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    Melody Brown
    Zephyr Real Estate
    San Francisco, CA
    415.348.1212 ext. 107
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