Palm Coast, FL – It’s major cuteness overload as TAG V. Bear and Rita Real-Estate prepare to celebrate their fifth anniversary with a charity fundraiser dinner and dance at Channel Side on June 10th.

Created from a family tragedy experienced by the Austrino family, the TAG V. Bear Foundation has found a way to turn what is arguably one of the most challenging situations to overcome, that of addiction, into triumph by helping others on their journey to sobriety and wellness.

Started with TAG V. Bear, he’s become the mascot for TAG (Together Achieving Greatness) Ventures Real Estate, and Kathy Austrino says it was at a Flagler Volunteer Services event during an auction that they found TAG V. Bear’s mate, Rita Real-Estate.

Kathy’s husband Dominic outbid all others to win Rita for the team, and she’s become the lifelong companion and cheerleader for the family of bears. The couple’s “children” can be found around town with their signature TAG t-shirts on, and also riding along with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies as comfort companions for local children during traumatic calls.

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly joins members of the TAG Ventures Real Estate Services and TAG V. Bear Foundation to receive 300 teddy bears on Monday, March 15, 2021 at the Flagler Broadcasting radio station. From left, Kathy Austrino, Dominic Austrino, Eddie McMaster, Bill Zanette, Bonnie Zanette, Ana Fajardo, Martina Adams, Joe Ricker, Graham Goward, and Bart Barry. Front: Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly, Charlotte Reid. Seated: TAG V. Bear.

It’s their family’s own experience that has opened their hearts deeply to causes supporting women and children, and among the projects and programs supported by the TAG V. Bear Foundation are Stewart-Marchman’s Project WARM (Women and Recovering Mothers), Flagler Schools’ STUFF Bus, A Christmas to Remember for foster children, and local hurricane relief efforts, over the past few years.

Supporting “A Christmas to Remember”.





Tickets to the TAG V. Bear & Rita Real-Estate 5th Anniversary event are $40. In lieu of gifts, the happy couple requests a package of diapers and wipes for delivery to Project WARM after the celebration.


TAG V. Bear & Rita Real-Estate 5th Anniversary Dinner & Dance

June 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Channel Side – 1 Yacht Club Drive, Palm Coast, FL

Tickets: $40/Individual

Call: Kathy Austrino (386) 931-9476 or email Ed McMaster at



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