Windermere Real Estate Southern California and SoCal Coastal offices and agents celebrated the holiday season with individual office lunches where they helped spread the cheer by supporting local toy and food drives for organizations and families throughout the Coachella Valley, Orange County and San Diego County.
“We are so grateful to be closing another record-breaking year in real estate sales at Windermere,” said Bob Deville, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “As always, it is a priority at Windermere to give back to the communities that we serve through our Foundation grants and other company-sponsored events. We are fortunate to have the caliber of agents and staff at Windermere who continue to exceed our expectations by giving additionally of their money, time and resources.”
Agents from Windermere’s Palm Springs offices jump-started the holiday early by submitting 9 huge baskets for the Palm Springs Association of Realtors’ Autumn Auction. The proceeds from benefitted the local charities supported by PSAR. Realtor® Ronnie Starr spearheaded the gift basket committee and Windermere agents’ entries raised over $2,600. Windermere’s Palm Springs South office also celebrated a little holiday cheer by giving their office staff a little extra holiday love!
Managing Broker Danail Jekhov and Windermere agents from the Cathedral City office gathered together for some off-time fun with an old-fashioned potluck and White Elephant gift exchange. A fun time was had by all – even if Danail got his crock pot snatched away!
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Meanwhile at Rancho Mirage, Office Manager Laurie Huizar and her Santa Committee members – Toni Garmisa, Donna Malouf and Pat Richter – put together a tree, collected children’s gifts, whipped together a holiday dinner and purchased gift cards for their adopted family from a nearby school with donations and contributions from agents and staff. Santa’s Committee members met with the mother of the family and get everything transported to the family home before the kids got home from school. What a great way to start the holiday weekend!
Palm Desert Portola
Windermere’s Palm Desert Portola office exchanged holiday wishes over a potluck while gathering children’s toys for the Toys for Tots campaign and canned goods for Martha’s Village. Managing Broker Sandi Richardson played hostess to all her wonderful agents and staff, directing the gift and donation deliveries while Debbie Sander and Sharon Vincent gathered up the toys.
Palm Desert San Pablo
Alongside Windermere’s Palm Desert San Pablo office potluck, Windermere agents and staff participated in their 1st Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange with the national non-profit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Managing Broker Bryan Arnold carved his way into the holiday meal while Donna wrangled the participating cookie exchange entries. The cookie exchange raised over $600 for the charity.
More images of Windermere’s Palm Desert Portola and San Pablo office parties available here – http://goo.gl/dqIxq
Indian Wells Main & Indian Wells Luxury Homes and Estates
Managing Broker Charlie White hosted a holiday breakfast during their office meeting before the holiday weekend, catered by Windermere Realtor® Kerry Anderson and her It’s A Grind coffee house. Agents gathered to share in the spirit of the season and began working on their goals for the New Year. An always-entertaining crew from Windermere’s Creative Department joined in the fun!
La Quinta & Old Town La Quinta
Windermere’s La Quinta and Old Town La Quinta offices made their second journey of the year to the Oasis Elementary School in Thermal, visiting their adopted fourth grade classes. Thursday’s delivery of 91 giant gift bags included toys, household items and books for all students. The bags lined every possible hallway in Windermere’s La Quinta office, and Roger Sullivan wrangled the 7-vehicle, 16-agent caravan together to get the goodies delivered!
Many more pictures of Windermere’s La Quinta offices holiday visit to Oasis Elementary available here: http://goo.gl/tcdOA
Windermere’s Indio office, spearheaded by Managing Broker George Baca, distributed 22 gift boxes throughout Indio and Coachella and collected over 500 gifts for the Toys for Tots campaign. Marines from the base in Twentynine Palms arrived on Thursday to collect the toys with a near empty van but left full to the top! After the Marines departed, more toys were delivered to the office, and agents shuttled them to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.
See more of the pictures from Indio’s toy drive here: http://goo.gl/VUgqv
Agents and staff from Windermere’s Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel offices gathered together on December 13th to share in the spirit of the season with a holiday potluck. They invited their partners from Mortgage Capital and affiliated services to join them and were surprised by an early visit from Santa!
San Diego County
Community-minded Windermere agents in Carlsbad and Solana Beach had an amazing Thanksgiving Food Drive for North County Community Services and Feeding America San Diego. They collected over a ton of food. Kudos to the Chris Gorno Team, Judy Goldberg, Elizabeth Kaser and Amanda Schlegel for spearheading the task!
Windermere Carlsbad and Solana Beach agents and staff, in cooperation with North County Association of Realtors® and the California Association of Realtors’® Holiday CanTree Food Drive, collected an additional 5 carloads of food! Managing Broker Brent Consedine and Realtors® Judee Adams, Liz Nederlander Cohen, Lori Sykes, Valerie Macleay, Niko Esposito and Helen Angell coaxed the crowd of shoppers at the Vons in Solana Beach to give big for the cause.
La Mesa & La Mesa Village
Windermere Agent Phil Hessling organized the troops in our La Mesa and La Mesa Village office for a blitz of holiday spirit. Agents donated time, money and much effort to adopt a needy family in cooperation with the local Our Lady of Grace Church’s Angel Program. Family #98 with children aged 8, 10 & 12 received both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner as well as gifts for Christmas and gift cards for future household purchases. Agents gathered donations as well, while participating in La Mesa Village’s Christmas in the Village, where they held a drawing for a Nook® to raise money for the family.
Hillcrest Mission Hills
Windermere Agents and staff from our newest and fast-growing Hillcrest office gathered together at Managing Broker Kirk Gregor’s home for their first holiday celebration. Newly opened in mid-October, this dedicated team of real estate professionals is clearly forming tight bonds within the community and ready to ring in the New Year!
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I’m proud to be a member of the huge Windermere team and congratulate the two Bobs for their commitment to the community and their agents. joan hobin
Wonderful how the holiday can bring all together in giving and love. Happy New Year to all. Janice L
How wonderful to be associated with such a caring group of people. This is a company with a heart for helping others not only in our business lives, but as reflected by these holiday photos, in our personal lives as well. Good trickels down, so thank you to The Bobs for their leadership and for being ‘the heart’ of this organization. To a great 2013 for all! Joan MacPherson