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Check out our June Volunteer Spotlight Kalon Foss with Scarlett Real Estate and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Charlotte Chapter!
Written by: Allison Parker

What do ice skating, real estate, hockey, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation have in common? A dedicated and caring young man named Kalon Foss.

For the past year, Kalon, a newly licensed REALTOR®, has been working with The Bender Group at Scarlett Real Estate in the Ballantyne area. Though his work in real estate is new, his heart has been heavily involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for years now. Whether on or off the ice, his heart is warm with his efforts for helping others.

Always a “people person,” Kalon worked as an account manager with Anheuser Busch for 7-Eleven in North
Carolina. Last year, Kalon made the switch to real estate obtaining his license on May 5, 2018. Don’t let the newness fool you, though: Kalon hit the ground running as a skater glides across freshly groomed ice. In his first year, he was “Rookie of the Year” at his office, achieving 2.5 million dollars in 6 months. Talk about “go big or go home”!

Kalon credits the magic of the Queen City to his transition to real estate. “My career in real estate started once I moved to Charlotte. This is when I started building my network and relationships, not knowing that it would end up with me in real estate and leading to business. But now I really lean on the people closest to me for support first.”

Being new to a city can be daunting; however, Kalon jumped right in from the start meeting new people and friends. His involvement with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation began through one of those friends: The Bender Group’s Team Leader, Owner and Broker-inCharge, Kyle Bender.

Kalon explains, “With the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, I was new to the city and wanted to get involved in helping and meeting other people. A friend of mine passed away at age 19, and I knew how that felt to lose someone too soon. My friend (and now Team Leader and BIC) Kyle Bender told me a similar story of a friend he lost from CF at a young age. He told me about the organization and took me to a meeting. Another friend, Ashley, got me signed up and I’ve been volunteering for five years now.”

Five years later, Kalon has touched the lives of many people, including children afflicted with cystic fibrosis. He has been instrumental in helping raise monies to fund research and assistance to those suffering from CF. Whether skating with kids celebrating birthdays or organizing large fundraising events, Kalon is happy to be sharing his talents to help others. He notes, “For CF, we just had our big event, the Guys and Dolls Gala. It’s a black-tie event once a year with live auction packages, a silent auction, a guest speaker, drinks, and food. It is an amazing event. We raised $270,000 this year, in one night!”

An upcoming fundraiser that is a big hit is the Annual CF Tailgate before the Carolina Panthers Game. It raises about $2,000+ each year! This year it will be the first game of the year, Sunday, September 8 vs. the LA Rams.

When asked about what is the enthusiasm that keeps him motivated in his volunteer work, he shares, “Giving back and serving others. We are meant to be there for each other and help each other. God doesn’t give us blessings to keep them but to share them with others. We are meant to live in community with one another. Serving someone else puts their needs ahead of your own. You are loving them and showing that love through action. It’s a beautiful thing.”

When chatting about intrinsic rewards from volunteering, Kalon is blessed by the people he meets and helps. He notes, “I’m rewarded, absolutely 100%, by the people that I meet. Whether it be the people I’m helping or the people I’m volunteering with. Again, it comes down to the fellowship with other people. There is a bond created amongst everyone that is truly special.”

Kalon is humble and focused on sharing the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with others. “I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to give these organizations the spotlight for others to see. The more people who know about these organizations doing amazing things for others, the faster their cause can grow and eventually change. For Cystic Fibrosis, that goal is to find a cure, and one day we will!”

It is always a pleasure to see an individual doing what they love and loving what they do. Kalon Foss has found both a career within real estate that he loves and a mission through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One that inspires him to share his talents to make improvements in the lives of others.

For more information, please contact Kalon Foss at 517-719-1333 or at kalon.foss@scarlettrealestate.com. You may
also visit kalon.scarlettrealestate.com,
https://www.cff.org/charlotte/, and https://www.ricenbeans.org.