A Legacy of Giving: Sherry Cherlin’s Impact on the Local Community
Sherry Cherlin, a REALTOR® with the Bennion Deville Homes Rancho Mirage office, opens her heart to the local community by volunteering at local organizations. She is currently a board member of Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, supporting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she is a founding member of Children’s Medical Center Fund in New York, a former membership committee board member of the Desert Valley Building Industry Association, and is a committee member of Hearts of Hope, which is part of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild.
Since she has been old enough to volunteer Sherry has taken an active role in her community, dedicating her time and resources for causes she cares about deeply. “My heart always gravitated toward helping children,” she says. “I became a candy striper at the local hospital in New York when I was a teenager and have been active in giving back ever since. Children’s charities and real estate are the biggest hats I’ve worn because I am so passionate about both.”
Sherry has been involved as a board member of Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild since 2007 and currently serves as Cooking Chair for the organization’s annual “Lunch and Learn” events. “We pick a top country club or restaurant in the Coachella Valley and partner with them to host a cooking demonstration with their chef followed by lunch. We also have a doctor or someone else of importance from Loma Linda speak and address what’s happening at the hospital.” The most recent event was held in March at Le Vallauris in Palm Springs and drew about 100 guests. There was also an earlier event held at BIGHORN Golf Club in January. Proceeds from the lunch events support Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and its satellite clinic in Indio, which opened last year.
Sherry is also a committee member of Hearts of Hope, a special committee of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild that organized and oversaw a “Girls, Guys, and Giving” event centering on an auction of painted heart sculptures by California artists. Two 42” hearts were sold as part of the auction and 12 smaller hearts were sold outside of the auction format, along with fashion items, to raise money. “It was a lot of hard work but well worth it in the end. We raised $100,000 which will go toward the hospital and clinic. Everyone had a wonderful time shopping and participating in the auction, which had a ton of really nice items in addition to the hearts.”
Additionally, Sherry helped organize a recent Hug A Teddy Bear function, where a donation of $30 gives a child in the hospital a bear, and a friend to get them through what is often the most difficult chapter of their young lives. “The children get to pick out their bear, accessorize it with different outfits, and name it. Having that bear is sometimes the greatest source of comfort experienced by the kids and their parents during their stay in the hospital, so that money goes a long way toward providing some happiness to a child and their family.” As a part of each fundraiser, the hospital does as much as possible to set up visits to the main Loma Linda campus and its clinic in Indio. “We want people to see the facilities and know they are supporting a worthy cause with their generous donations.”
Long before she moved to the Coachella Valley full time in 2006, Sherry Cherlin’s legacy of philanthropy started in her home state of New York. She helped found Children’s Medical Center Fund, an organization that supports Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “I am proud of being a founding member of Children’s Medical Center Fund. We have done so many incredible things for families over the years and helped impact so many lives through those efforts.”
Sherry Cherlin has been representing home buyers and sellers, as well as investors, since 1988 and is a consistent top-producing real estate agent. In addition to her real estate sales license, she is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™. Sherry works with clients throughout the Coachella Valley, serving their needs with the understanding that, “The Right Broker Makes All the Difference.”
About Big Hearts For Little Hearts Desert Guild
The Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild Chapter was founded in 2002 by a group of active leaders, led by the Honorable Shirley Pettis Thompson and Jane Woolley, M.D. The heart of this chapter is firmly rooted in appreciation for the service Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital provides to critically ill desert community children.
The Guild is committed to educating the public to view Children’s Hospital as THE BEST place for our valley’s children when they are sick or injured. The Guild believes that “our children deserve the best!”
About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is committed to keeping children healing, healthy, and happy, no matter where they are in their healthcare journey. The Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital network includes a 343-bed main campus and multiple clinics throughout the four-county Inland Empire — the largest geographic region in California. Each year Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital admits nearly 19,000 children, has an average daily occupancy of 244 patients, and has over 75,000 outpatient visits. More than 2,000 children from the Coachella Valley are treated at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital each year.
About Bennion Deville Homes
Founded in 2001 by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Bennion Deville Homes is one of the top independent real estate brokerages in the nation and serves home buyers and sellers throughout Southern California in the primary markets of the Greater Palm Springs Area (Coachella Valley) and San Diego and Orange counties. Coachella Valley offices include locations in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta. Spring-boarding off the massive success of the company in the desert, Bennion Deville Homes began serving coastal Southern California communities in 2010, with offices serving Orange County in Laguna Niguel, and San Diego County in Encinitas, and Carlsbad. Bennion Deville Homes also has a presence in Glendora in Los Angeles County, and Garner Valley, Redlands, and Lake Arrowhead in Riverside County.
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