Judy Austin was out early Friday morning handling a pressure-washer cleaning the graffiti off the marble sidewalk at Courthouse Square.
Austin, the owner of Keller Realty, and four agents, long Leeann Lupo, Brooke Neal, Tammy Phillips and Josh Weeks as part of a day the Keller Realty group across the nation dedicated to doing good for the communities in which they work.
Locally the realtors were also going clean graffiti from the side of the Hammond Building that houses Downtown Shoes and also the Keller Williams offices. The graffiti was sprayed on the sidewalk, the building and on at least a dozen other places around town on April 22. A 23-year-old Sonora man turned himself into the Sonora Police Department and was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism following his arrest.
Keller Williams employees throughout the nation take the second Thursday of May off from work to celebrate RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. According to the Keller Williams website, “We celebrate RED Day as a part of our legacy worth leaving. Making a difference in the lives of others and bettering the communities that we serve lies at the heart of the Keller Williams culture.”
Lupo said they chose the graffiti because “the Mother Lode Roundup Parade is tomorrow and we wanted to make sure it was off and looking beautiful again by then.”
Austin said that Tidy Tech, a janitorial service business in Sonora, donated the heavy-duty graffiti removal soap, and her agents brought the power washers and elbow grease.
“We close for the day so we can give back to the beautiful community we live in” said Austin.