For this year's BIG Give event, we had many exciting updates to the program. In addition to sharing more about charities, we also hoped to better celebrate our donors and supporters than helped make it happen. Each year the Foundation works hard to raise awareness and funds to increase the amount we are able to return to grassroots charities in the Edmonton Area. We do this by engaging more REALTORS® in the We Care program, donating a dollar amount for every transaction, participating in third party fundraisers like Golf Tournaments or holiday parties, gaming opportunities like Casinos and 50/50's at Oil Kings Games; and through our hosting of Santa's Auction each December.
To recognize those who help us through these avenues, we created awards for: Top Donor, Office of the Year (based on donations), Champion of the Year and Community Supporter of the Year. Of course, we also have our Volunteer of Distinction Award presented at the REALTORS® Ball annually!
This week we have had the pleasure of surprising our 2020 award recipients at the office. It may not have been alongside our community at the BIG Give, but we're still shouting our gratitude from the rooftops. Please join us in celebrating this year's Award winners!
Top Donor - Jeneen Marchant, RE/MAX Real Estate Central Branch
Jeneen is our board Past President and happens to be our top donor, contributing $4845 through We Care in 2019. Jeneen proudly supports the Foundation as well as CMN and is always quick to advocate that agents can support more than one cause and that every amount makes a big difference for the grassroots charities supported by the REALTORS® Community Foundation.
Champion of the Year - Carl Bretzlaff, RE/MAX Select
This award is for a REALTOR® who showed outstanding support of the Foundation over the last year, through helping to spread the word, including the Foundation at office fundraisers, sponsoring events, and being a champion of the Foundation in the community. We were very excited to honour Carl Bretzlaff this year for his steadfast support in all areas, thank you Carl for your continued support. We appreciate your shared passion of supporting grassroots charities right in our own commmunity!
Community Supporter of the Year - Peter B. Mason Real Estate Lawyer
This award is for a public supporter who supports the Foundation. Peter has always been quick to support through events including golf tournament donations, Santa's sponsorship (and of course those sparkly pins) and donating beautiful auction items. Peter is surrounded by pretty great people that often are a big part of the giving including his Awesome Executive Assistant, Karen who is always adding an extra touch of special!
Office of the Year - RE/MAX Real Estate Central Branch
This year is determined by total contributions from offices including in-office fundraising or fundraisers like golf tournaments, We Care contributions and sponsorship. You'll notice (as Bill did) that there's space for more plaques, so this tower will travel from one office to the next....like the Stanley Cup! RE/MAX Real Estate Central has a number of long time donors contributing to We Care, with office contributions of nearly $11,000! They have also sponsored Santa's Auction, had a donation bar at their Christmas party and had the Foundation at their partnered Golf Tournament with RE/MAX Select last July. Thanks Bill and the agents at RE/MAX Real Estate Central for all your continued support of the RCF!
Thank you to our President, Shirley Williams for delivering all these special awards, and to our President-Elect, Nicole Mackoway and Governor, Aaron Robinson for also helping with the special deliveries. And of course, as we're sure every agent knows, the office staff were a HUGE help in getting the decoy meetings and schedules organized just right. So thanks to all who have supported us in this last year, we are excited to continue this annual celebration and look forward to building more valued relationships with Edmonton Area REALTORS®!