Realty Executives agent Ben Loates was trying to come up with ways to keep his four kids occupied on a Saturday when he came up with a great idea: A park crawl. Meet up at a park with family and friends, rake some leaves and jump around in them, grab a snack, and then pack up and move on to another park where they’d do it all over again.
He decided to make a video and post it to Facebook, inviting his neighbors in Spruce Grove, Alberta, to rise to the challenge. Four parks, 30 minutes at each stop, with free food and prizes donated by local business. He called it The First Annual Spruce Grove Fall Park Crawl.
Realty Executives Oceanside in Flagler Beach is lending a helping hand to the local community by participating the Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race.
“We are so happy to be able to participate in this fun community event,” said Bruce Vinnick, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Oceanside. “We’re grateful to be able to contribute to the Flagler Volunteers Service, Kiwanis Club and Wheels In Motion Car Club who are joint hosts of this annual event.”
“Our first year participating and we won third place!” Vinnick said.
Last year’s event was very exciting with 13 bed entries and a great crowd. The net proceeds of $3,932.92 were distributed equally to the partnering organizations for their individual programs which benefit the children and youth in Flagler County. Changes were made to the route this year and will once again, pull out all the stops to provide a fun event that is a great crowd-pleaser.
The event started at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach. A parade of the theme decorated beds preceded the race itself. Teams of 5 pushed their beds through the course and completed in 4 pit-stop challenges.
“We are having fun and helping those in need within our community,” Vinnick said.
For Executive Sandy Rubolotta of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors® Pompton Plains, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, giving back to the community she serves could mean giving her neighbors the priceless gift of good health.
In 2008, Rubolotta founded the Greater Pompton Area Chapter of Deborah Hospital Foundation. Inspired by her own experience at Deborah®, Rubolotta made it her mission to raise awareness and funds for the local hospital that treats patients regardless of their ability to pay.
REALTOR® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®, recently recognized Rubolotta’s efforts and has gotten behind her cause in two significant ways. Sandy is just one of five national recipients to receive the 2015 Volunteering Works award. The New Jersey REALTOR® has been awarded a $1,000 grant and has been paired with a Good Neighbor mentor for her charitable work with Deborah®. (REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award mentors have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work.)
Realty Executives Five Star Homes in Festus, Missouri recently welcomed home United States Army Veteran, Chad Hembree and his growing family, to their new home. Together with Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), Broker/Owner Cindy Callahan and her team of Executives played an important role in providing a new home for the Hembree family.
In October 2014, Wells Fargo contacted Realty Executives Five Star Homes to coordinate and ready a home in Northwood’s Subdivision, Festus, for the veteran. Wells Fargo has pledged to donate 30 million dollars to support returning service members and veterans through the end of 2015. To meet their goal, Wells Fargo partnered with MWSF and Operation Homefront, organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of returning combat-wounded veterans by providing transition assistance, financial literacy and homeowner education courses. The home was donated to MWSF who in turn donated the property, mortgage free, to the Hembree family.
Realty Executives Five Star Homes readied the home by coordinating new carpet and flooring, a new roof, all new appliances, fresh paint, new deck, and other needed repairs. Many partner affiliates and clients answered Realty Executives Five Star Homes’ call to “fill the pantry.” The team collected paper goods, cleaning supplies, canned and dry goods along with some gifts for the children. An Americana bench and wreath for the front porch was also donated to the family by Realty Executives Broker/Owner Cindy Callahan, along with several gift cards.
“It is an honor to be a part of the support for this family. A simple ‘thank you’ does not seem enough for all the service men and women who defend our country every day do for us. May you find peace and we welcome you home to Festus with open arms,” Cindy Callahan said.
An official Key Ceremony was held on April 1st, 2015, to turn over the keys to Chad and his wife Katherine, who have two young children and are expecting a baby in May.
For Mary Johnson of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. in London Ontario, home is most definitely where the heart is. Johnson has helped countless families find homes throughout her diverse, nearly 20-year career in real estate, and also mentors real estate professionals in her role as Owner of one of London, Ontario’s top brokerages. Her consideration for others, attention to detail, tenacity and hard work extends beyond the everyday operations of Realty Executives Elite Ltd. and the London real estate market, and deep into the community Johnson serves.
“Mary has, for many years, been quietly helping people in need, always operating under the radar and not bringing any attention to herself,” said Carl Vandergoot, President of the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®.
At the Ontario Real Estate Association’s 2015 Leadership Conference in Toronto, Johnson was awarded the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Spirit Award, in honor of the charitable work she does through an organization she founded, Kindness Above Everything (KAE), which exists “to improve the lives of local impoverished families through financial support.” KAE connects with local agencies to find the hidden needs of families in the community, ranging from children to seniors.
Cleve Smith, Managing Broker of Realty Executives Center in Wichita, Kansas, has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the real estate industry by the Wichita Area Association of Realtors® (WAAR). Smith was selected to receive the 2014 Walter Morris Broker of the Year Award.
The prestigious award recognizes outstanding industry achievements, service and dedication over the years, contributions to the real estate industry and service to the community.
Cleve began his career in real estate in 1972 and joined Realty Executives in 2000. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Area Association of Realtors.
Silence and stigma often cloud and prevent discussion about mental health issues in people of all ages. Realty Executives of Simcoe Inc. in Barrie, Ontario recently sponsored the First Annual “Start Talking Cup” in Barrie, Ontario to help raise awareness and enact change in the community they serve.
The “Start Talking” Campaign seeks to change attitudes and patterns around mental health, especially concerning young athletes.
To help raise awareness, a hockey match was held on January 7, 2015, between two youth teams, the Minor Midget AAA Barrie Colts and the Minor Midget AAA North Central Predators at the Barrie Molson Centre. The event was held in cooperation with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch and the “Start Talking” Campaign.
Executive Don McAskin and Realty Executives of Simcoe Inc. were proud supporters of the event, which was a great success. The match featured the son of Realty Executives of Simcoe Office Manager, Jill Peters. Plans for future events are already underway and the Realty Executives office in Barrie looks forward to once again supporting the efforts and taking part.
Realty Executives offices across North America joined together to bring food to the less fortunate this holiday season.
Together, we collected more than 11,300 food products for our communities and contributed to organizations like Feed My People, the City Harvest Food Drive, the Newton Food Pantry, Peoples Resource Center and others. The 2014 Food Drive brought in more than triple the number of food items donated in previous years. Way to go Executives!
Congratulations to the following offices on their successful 2014 Food Drives:
Realty Executives Ambassador | Orland Park, Illinois
Realty Executives Cornerstone | Crystal Lake, Illinois
Realty Executives Elite | Lemont, Illinois
Realty Executives Grove Realtors | Downers Grove, Illinois
Realty Executives Legacy | Oak Brook, Illinois
Realty Executives Midwest | Darien, Illinois
Realty Executives Premiere | Wheaton, Illinois
Realty Executives Success | Plainfield, Illinois
Realty Executives Today | Astoria, New York
Realty Executives Powerhouse | Floral Park, New York
Realty Executives Cape County | Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Especially during the holiday season, we are so proud of the impact Realty Executives brokerages are making– right in their own backyards.
As 2014 draws to a close, we are inspired by the many Realty Executives offices throughout our network as they host canned food drives to impact local charities. Together, we can extend the holiday celebrations we all enjoy to those who struggle to put food on the table. Please join us in donating canned food to your local Realty Executives office in order to make the holidays brighter for everyone in your community.