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Valley Brokers and Agents Get Competitive for Charity

If real estate professionals know how to do something well, it’s handle competition. For the last 16 years, hundreds of local brokers worked year-round to raise donations for charity. Then, they set aside five hours of from their busy schedules to really tough it out in bouts of jumbo Jenga and bocce ball.

On Feb. 7, 600 brokers, agents and industry supporters competed in a picnic game Olympiad at Tempe Beach Park. This year’s event, hosted by Active 20-30 Club of Scottsdale, included bocce ball, football toss, basketball shootouts, jumbo Jenga and corn hole. Finalists in the commercial and residential divisions squared off in a dodgeball tournament, with the winners taking home bragging rights until next year.

The real estate community is resilient. Even amidst the financial meltdown, when many teams were downsizing, going bankrupt or couldn’t afford to participate, and charity was among the least of their concerns, Brokers for Kids participants managed to raise $100,000. For the first time since the event was founded 16 years ago, the annual Olympiad has included residential agents (whose similar annual fundraiser, Agents Benefiting Children, has rolled over into BFK). Event chairman Mike Coy said the idea occurred to organizers about two hours after the 2013 event wrapped up.

“We immediately started talking about next year’s event,” Coy said. “Operationally, [Agents Benefiting Children] is very similar to what we’re already doing. It was a natural evolution.”

The economy has picked up, and it’s evident in the finally tallies. Teams raised $366,000. Fifty commercial teams competed, and 10 company teams represented the residential side of the business.

Commercial fundraising benefited Boys Hope Girls Hope, which places intelligent kids in less fortunate family situations into supervised homes and enrolls them in preparatory schools. Residential fundraising benefited The Care Fund, which will use 100 percent of the event donations to grant mortgage or rent to Arizona families with children with extended illnesses or injury.

The Care Fund reported DPR’s Kyle Keller’s team raised more than $10,000 this year, which also saw 80 new competitors from residential real estate brokerages. A spirit award for Agents Benefiting Children was awarded to Ty Lusk of Keller Williams, who raised more than $4,000 in a raffle mixer and auction. On the commercial side, Caretaker Landscape’s Dena Jones and Mischelle White took home the award for raising $9,147 by hosting an “all in for kids” charity poker tournament.

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Brookfield Communities Partners With Keller Williams

Brookfield Communities has partnered with Keller Williams – the largest residential brokerage firm in the U.S. – to market and sell homes at its Fox Creek  master-plan development in Bullhead City.

The partnership, finalized last week, will give Fox Creek significant growth opportunities, said Brookfield Communities founder and president, Phil Petersen.

“This is a strategic and important move for Brookfield Communities,” said Petersen, who started Fox Creek nearly 20 years ago and continues to grow the community. “We are excited to partner with the experienced Keller Williams team.”

More than 40 realtors from Keller Williams have already begun marketing homes at Fox Creek. Leading the marketing efforts for Richard Lerma and the Bullhead City Keller Williams office will be the husband and wife team, Chas and Jill Williams.

“This is like coming home for us since we started our careers at Fox Creek nearly 10 years ago,” said Chas Williams, who lives in Fox Creek.

Petersen said the timing of the partnership was optimal since the residential market has been steadily improving. Since opening a new model home complex earlier this year, Fox Creek has seen record traffic. Brookfield Communities also recently added an additional 173 acres of land to its existing 750-acre Fox Creek development.

“The alliance with Keller Williams opens the door to an entire nation of prospective buyers,” said Lerma, operating principal for Keller Williams and its Bullhead City office. “Home values are up across the board and those who have been waiting on the sidelines are now looking to buy.”

Lerma’s team generated more than $78 million in revenues last year and is on track to surpass $100 million this year. While 40 agents will initially work on the Fox Creek team, additional team members may be added as demand dictates, Lerma said.

In addition, Fox Creek now becomes an integral part of Keller Williams Internet marketing programs, further showcasing the community to a broad array of audiences.

For additional information, visit www.brookfieldcommunities.com or call (928) 704-0525.

McDowell Mountain Musical Festival

Rain Or Shine, McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2012 Hosted A Great Time [PHOTOS]

Donning last season’s coats they thought they stored away for the year, hauling their lounge chairs and blankets to the corner of 68th and Mayo, festival-goers wouldn’t let anything stop them from guzzling their brew of choice and enjoying the three days of live music at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

Held from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival welcomed attendees of all ages — from the little ones hula hooping in the Kids Zone and the hippies who felt at home, to the Grateful-Dead-fanatic folks who swayed and boogied to every track the Dark Star Orchestra performed on Saturday night. (And let’s not forget how hot and bothered and shirtless and sweaty it got Saturday night inside the Compound Grill during EOTO’s performance.)

While the weather was far from clear and sunny that weekend, one message was far from muddled — the attendees were there to have a good time with friends and family, and all for a great cause. With a “do good, feel good” attitude boasting from plenty of festival-goers, 100 percent of the proceeds benefited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy, a non-profit music organization.

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival main stage welcomed artists including Galactic, Ozomatli and Endoplasmic (improvisational dance music) on Friday; Dark Star Orchestra, funky Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Anders Osborne, Trevor Hall (a hybrid of rock and reggae), Tramps and Thieves and relatively-new-to-the-scene Nameless Prophets on Saturday; and on Sunday, bluegrass band the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams, Soulive and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The festival also hosted after hours performances in the Compound Grill for those who wanted to continue the party indoors. The Motet performed on Friday; and EOTO, a 100 percent improvised mix of dubstep, trip-hop, breakbeat, house, and drum and bass, performed Saturday.

During the day, attendees were able to filter in and out of Compound, the music transitioning “from the mainstream to the indie scene,” featuring artists and bands including Quick Henry and PHX on Friday; Spafford, Future Loves Past and Synaptic Soul on Saturday; and Voluntary String Band and Decker on Sunday.

One of the most vibrant performances in the Compound Grill, however, came from attendees of all ages who partook in the drum circle, playing the drums, shakers, tambourine, bells and more as patrons dined and others danced.


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For more information about the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, visit mmmf.net/2012.