There’s something contagious about an act of kindness. It can involve months of planning for a weekend long event, or be as simple as holding an open door and a lending hand for a stranger. Whatever the case, giving back to the people in our beloved communities is life changing for all involved.
This past month, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty took the initiative to follow in these footsteps and leave a caring philanthropic impact. Here are some highlights of our very own team members’ efforts to give back.
On the weekend of July 25th, our company participated in the tenth annual fund-raising bike ride held by the Connecticut Challenge Center for Survivorship, an organization that provides assistance and resources for cancer survivors. The cycling event included several routes for riders to choose from ranging from 10 to 100 miles, starting at Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn. Staff and agents joined forces and rode together as “Team Sotheby’s,” sporting a very stylish Superman-style “S” on the front of their navy blue shirts. Many donations were also made online, and the public can continue to donate by visiting our team page here.
Proceeds from the ride fund survivorship programs as well as research in exercise, nutrition and community support to help cancer survivors, who typically need follow-up care for long after their treatment ends but often stop receiving support at that time. “We were proud to participate in this inspiring event, and to help the Connecticut Challenge in their mission to help survivors live the healthiest and happiest lives possible,” said Southport manager Brad Kimmelman.
A charity tag sale was held at the Madison brokerage on Saturday, July 26th to raise funds for Amanda’s Angels, a local organization that helps support community members Amanda and Chris Bernier, and their unborn first child. Amanda, a North Madison volunteer firefighter and emergency medical first responder, was recently diagnosed with the most aggressive form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.
The sale was spearheaded by Madison agent Heidi Pastore, and was a great success with the eager involvement of family, friends, customers, clients and the local community all in support of Amanda and Chris during this difficult time. With pregnancy accelerating the progression of ALS, in just a few short weeks Amanda was no longer able to walk, and she has lost over 50 percent of her respiratory capacity. She continues to remain strong, though, for the sake of her unborn child who was recently announced to be a girl.
“The outpouring of love and local support we received was amazing,” said Pastore. The sale raised $8,060, with our company donating an additional $1,000 for a grand total of $9,060. The money was donated directly to Chris and Amanda Bernier. And the best part of it all?—Donations are still coming in.
For more information on Amanda’s Angels and for further donation opportunities, please visit http://www.amandas-angels.org/.
Our very own Westport brokerage manager Marc Caldarone recently participated in the second annual Skate 24, a 24-hour-long charity hockey game that raises money for The Jimmy Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.
Caldarone played the position of goalie for several three-hour shifts over the course of the 24 hours. “I am honored to have had the privilege of playing alongside so many great hockey players including professional NHL and AHL athletes in order to raise money for such an important cause,” said Caldarone. Through donation pages, a silent auction and a raffle, last year’s event raised $46,000 toward cancer research, while achieving the record at the time for the longest continuous hockey game in American history, according to Skate 24 founder Dave LoPresti. The event is clearly ideal for avid hockey fans and dedicated community members, offering a day of great playing for a great cause.