You’ll be inspired by extraordinary acts of kindness throughout the network
By Dorota Wright-O’Neill
Community involvement is part of the RE/MAX culture, so it’s no wonder Affiliates are busy helping out, raising funds for worthy organizations and making a difference wherever they live and work.
In New Albany, Ind., cancer patients will have a warm and welcoming new resource center, thanks to Pat Harrison, a self-described activist and problem-solver. The Broker Associate with RE/MAX First stepped up to the plate when she saw how bleak some of the after-care facilities in her area were. Harrison, a cancer survivor herself, donated $300,000 of her own money and started a fundraising campaign for what will become the Norton Cancer Institute Pat Harrison Resource Center at Clark Memorial Hospital. Using her skills as a Realtor and relying on her extensive industry connections, the RE/MAX Hall of Famer found and renovated a historic home across from the hospital, which will include a library devoted to cancer care, extensive support services, therapy, nutritional counseling and even massage sessions – all free of charge. Harrison’s dream was quickly embraced by the community, and today she’s a third of the way toward a goal of $1.6 million needed to operate the center for three years.
Here’s a look at some other inspiring good deeds from network Affiliates.
Groton, Conn. — Award-winning involvement
Lian Obrey is an uncommon volunteer. The Broker Associate with RE/MAX Alliance devotes so much time to governing boards of local organizations that she was recently recognized with the annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award from Groton Utilities. Obrey’s list of activities is truly impressive. She’s a member of the Groton Rotary Club, the Groton Business Association, the Town of Groton Economic Development Commission, Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club and the Military Affairs Committee for the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. She’s a huge supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and helps in an annual winter coat drive to benefit local social service agencies. In addition to the community service award, Obrey also received $1,000 to be donated to the charity of her choice.
Merritt Island, Fla. — Remembering homeless children
Louise McLean’s enthusiasm for the Brevard’s Children In Need program is contagious. The Sales Associate with RE/MAX Solutions is the group’s Committee President and has raised more than $100,000 to benefit 1,600 homeless children in Brevard County. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. In recognition of everything she’s done for homeless children, the Florida Association of Realtors recently presented McLean with its prestigious Humanitarian Award.
Louisville, Ky. — Golf for Kids
Raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a bit of a tradition for Broker/Owner Bill Burns at RE/MAX First in Louisville, but this year he tried something new. His Golf for Kids Charity Golf Scramble took place earlier this month and raised almost $10,000 for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals affiliate. The event was held at the Jeffersonville Elks Lodge and Country Club, and featured door prizes, a luncheon and lots of great fun. Twenty-two teams hit the links, and Burns was so pleased with the turnout, he’s planning for a bigger event – and a $20,000 goal – for next year.
Englewood, N.J. — Food Drive
A food bank serving 900,000 New Jersey residents in need recently received a 175-pound shipment of staples collected by RE/MAX Fortune Properties. Thanks to the moving company Crown Relocations, the donations were delivered to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for distribution. The food drive is part of an extended effort spearheaded by Move For Hunger, a New Jersey organization that partners with moving companies to deliver food to area food banks. Move For Hunger program director Max Lowy says he’s been impressed by how much help and support he’s received from RE/MAX Fortune Properties, its Broker/Owner Bob Oppenheimer and other RE/MAX offices throughout New Jersey.
Medford, Ore. — “Southern Oregon’s Got Talent”
Four years ago, Bob Gervais was brainstorming ideas for a fundraiser to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that works with abused and neglected children. The Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Ideal Brokers is the presenting sponsor of “Southern Oregon’s Got Talent,” which is back in Medford for a fifth season. The event features area performers while sponsors’ donations and ticket sales benefit CASA and Community Works, another children-focused charity. Hopefuls auditioned throughout the summer and on Oct. 10, finalists will perform live before a panel of judges. The show raises tens of thousands of dollars and is just one of the many organizations supported by this community-oriented brokerage.
Portland, Ore. — Backpacks and school supplies
Nearly 300 kids began school with new backpacks filled with all the supplies they need thanks to RE/MAX Equity Group in Portland. The stuffed, colorful backpacks were delivered to Eve’s Daughters, a Beaverton nonprofit that helps single moms. Broker Associate Shar Giard originally planned to donate 60 backpacks. She credits the generosity of her fellow Affiliates at the brokerage for putting together 285!
Arlington, Wash. — Running for mudslide victims
Forty-three people died in Oso, Wash., in March in a tragic mudslide. It galvanized Broker/Owner Herbert Burkart and his nearby Arlington brokerage, RE/MAX Signature, to act. Burkart, a runner and Vice President of the Arlington Runners Club, organized a fundraising run to help the people of Oso. The group is no stranger to charity runs, but the Oso United Mudslide Benefit Fun Run in April was different. Lisa Mundahl, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Junction in Seattle, helped publicize it, attracting more than 20 Affiliates from at least eight other RE/MAX brokerages in Washington. More than 950 runners and walkers braved rain and soggy conditions to raise over $34,000 for Oso, exceeding the initial $25,000 goal.