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By VEGAS INC staff (contact)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Monday, August 12, 2013 – 1:55 a.m

Galit RozenA decade ago, Galit Rozen didn’t know anything about Shade Tree, a North Las Vegas shelter for women and children.

Today, she is one of the nonprofit’s leading volunteers.

A commercial real estate broker, Rozen started a back-to-school event every August that provides backpacks, school supplies and uniforms to children staying at the center.

She also created a holiday shopping event, letting children choose three or four donated gifts for their mothers, along with wrapping paper and cards. Rozen launched a similar event for Mother’s Day.

“She’s just an amazing lady,” said Marlene Richter, executive director of Shade Tree.

Rozen, who co-owns Commercial Professionals, said she is drawn to the group because she is a mother of three and her heart breaks for struggling families.

Many women at Shade Tree are victims of domestic violence. Others are homeless. Some are drug addicts.

All need help getting back on their feet.

“I truly believe a lot of these women are victims of circumstance,” Rozen said.