William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty partners with many compassionate philanthropic organizations and constantly gives back to the community, but one of our most significant humanitarian efforts that we work with is AmeriCares. Last year, AmeriCares’ sponsored the “Journey of Hope” that raised $1.2 million in relief efforts for Guatemala, $35,000 in donations were from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. This year our partnership is taking us to El Salvador to witness where all of the benefits of our donations will go. This year, 154 of our agents and administrators participated in the fundraising to raise over $30,000, including a dollar for dollar company match. All will be used towards providing humanitarian support to El Salvador, a country with over 36% of its population under the poverty level.
Agents from the firm’s brokerages who donated to AmeriCares were eligible for a raffle drawing for the chance to visit El Salvador. The winners included Leslie Shemin Lester from Scarsdale, Anne Moretti from Scarsdale, Fran Klingenstein from Rye, Rick Weiner from Essex, Thaddea Sheridan from Stamford and Rob Vannucchi the Stamford manager. The actual journey to the country will commence on October 5-6, where the five winning agents and manager will “Journey to El Salvador” and witness the impact of their donations.
This will be AmeriCares 26th Annual Airlift Benefit gala event. It will start on Saturday, October 5th at the Panorama Hangar at the Westchester County Airport. Directly after the gala all winners will fly straight to El Salvador, for a 24 hour adventure of a lifetime! There, they will visit hospitals, clinics, homes for children and elderly, as well as various poverty stricken areas of the country. As June Rosenthal, from the firm’s Stamford brokerage, stated about her AmeriCares’ trip last year, “I had 24 years of learning in about 24 hours.” This will be a life changing experience for all participants.
To learn more about the AmeriCares Airlift Benefit click here.