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CPI Team Captain, Chad Neppl, Trent Rustan, Jason Price, Tiffany Armenta-Birdwell, Brian Ruddle

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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Valley Real Estate Brokers Compete in Raising Money for Kids

This winter, brokers from the local commercial real estate industry will unite and compete in raising money to help at risk children in Arizona. Brokers for Kids is a year-long fundraising effort, hosted by the Scottsdale 20/30, involving teams created by Valley commercial real estate market. The effort culminates with the Brokers for Kids annual event which will be held this year on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake.

Throughout the year, brokers along with other industry professionals raise money through various fundraising efforts for Boys Hope Girls Hope. Boys Hope Girls Hope is non-profit that provides scholarships to underprivileged kids in both community-based and residency-based programs, ensuring a good education and a start towards a college education.

“It’s truly an amazing charity that helps academically capable and motivated children in need to meet their full potential,” said Brokers for Kids Chariman Ben Hawkins. “We help these children succeed by providing value-centered family-like homes, better opportunities and education through college.”

Last year, Brokers for Kids raised more than $242,000 for Boys Hope Girls Hope. Their goal is to raise $300,000 in 2013. A percentage of the fundraising dollars is also donated to the charity of choice of the Broker’s Cup winner.

On February 15, the coveted Broker’s Cup is awarded to the top fundraising team. The teams will also participate in the Olympiad Championship, a fun day of games and spirited competitions at Tempe Town Lake. They will compete in a quarterback challenge, volleyball, basketball, baggo, and bocce games. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this day-long event.

The Scottsdale 20-30 partnered with Valley Toyota Dealers and is raffling a 2013 vehicle to drive fundraising efforts leading up to the event. Raffle tickets are now on sale and the drawing for the Toyota will occur during the Olympiad on February 15 which is open to the public.

“Every dollar counts and without the tremendous support of the commercial real estate community, this event would never have become what it is today,” said Hawkins.

For more information on Brokers for Kids, the Scottsdale 20/30 organization, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase raffles tickets, visit www.scottsdale2030.org/brokersforkids.html

Tour de Fat 2011

Tour De Fat 2011 At Tempe Beach Park

Bikes, food, music, plenty to drink and plenty of smiling faces filled the Tempe Beach Park for Tour de Fat 2011.

Every direction I looked, one-of-a-kind bikes rolled in one direction or another. Along with fully-themed costumes and plenty of live entertainment, it was easy to enjoy myself.

A band poured up beat music out of the speakers at the main Tour de Fat stage, entertaining plenty of energized dancers, while at the second stage, comedy acts kept the crowd laughing.

Here are some photos from my first Tour de Fat (click on the photo to expand):

 Tour De Fat, Tempe Beach ParkTour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach Park
A swarm of bodies and bikes could be seen in every direction. Booths with food, and others with plenty to drink were dotted through Tempe Town Lake, all full of smiling faces.A large section of Tempe Town Lake was formed into a giant, dedicated bike rack; however, many people chose to bring their bikes with them and show off their style. Here we can see a wristband booth where IDs were checked for age.
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A group of Hula Hoopers swaying to the music in front of the stage at Tour de Fat. Some struggle to keep their plastic circle in motion, and others confidently keep multiple hoops up at once.Tons of costumes could be seen at Tour de Fat. Anything from a group of people that appeared to be straight out of the movie Mad Max, to a flurry of ballerina tutus.
 Tour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach Park Tour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach Park
An interesting bike, with tires that resembled inner tubes that would normally be found in a swimming pool, cruises around one of the beer lines soaking in the sun rays.All sorts of decorated bikes could be found cruising through Tempe Town Lake. This tricycle turned pirate ship was one of my favorites.
 Tour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach ParkTour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach Park
Ready to rock at Tour de Fat at Tempe Town Lake! With live music, plenty of willing and rowdy dancers, it was easy to have a great time!Live music at Tour de Fat. This particular band had a particular sound that resembled folk mixed with gypsy rock. Tons of fun!
 Tour De Fat 2011, Tempe Beach Park
After a healthy serving of live music, contestants were called to the stage to compete for a free bicycle! In a mock dating show, contestants had to woo the slender piece of metal with clever words and agile performances.

 

View from Papago Peak, Tempe, Arizona

Showing Another Side Of Tempe Nightlife

Tempe can be a pretty beautiful place if you know where to go — especially at night.

Instead of going to a number of different bars or clubs in Tempe, it is worth it to take a walk and see how the light in darkness changes the normal, dry look we are all so accustomed to.

The sunsets are particularly beautiful on many different occasions. I feel that you can’t fully judge Tempe until you post up in a comfortable spot when the clouds are just right and see a truly amazing display of color.

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18th Annual Start! Phoenix Heart Walk Set To Break Attendance Record

Have a heart and take a walk on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Tempe Beach Park, at the Start! Phoenix Heart Walk, sponsored by Health Net of Arizona.

This fun, 5K and 1 mile, family fitness event energizes the Valley to step up in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The walk is sponsored in part by FOX 10 and My 45. Join Ron Hoon, anchor of FOX 10’s Arizona Morning, along with KEZ’s Marty Manning, and more than 15 thousand walkers to help eliminate cardiovascular disease. Top walkers and corporate sponsors will have exclusive access to this year’s VIP tent. The beautiful VIP area is created by local interior design guru Anita Lang, Allied Member ASID of Interior Motives Inc.

The American Heart Association’s signature event will feature entertainment, exercise and lots of fun. The event wouldn’t be possible without outstanding community partners that include Health Net of Arizona, Marketside by Walmart, Weight Watchers, Catholic Healthcare West, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, Abrazo, Mayo Clinic, 99.9 KEZ, Clear Channel Outdoors and Movin 97.5.

Participants earn incentive prizes by collecting donations. Money raised helps to fund life-saving research and community education programs supported by the American Heart Association. After the walk, the Wellness Village is in full swing, packed with heart-healthy activities, presentations, screenings, games, a live band and celebrity appearances.

Survivors: The heart behind the walk
Heart disease and stroke survivors are a very important part of the Start! Heart and Stroke Walk. All heart disease survivors are recognized with a red cap, and all stroke survivors with a white cap. “In tribute to” stickers also are available for participants walking in celebration of a survivor or in memory of a loved one lost to heart disease or stroke. So mark your calendars. We hope to see you.

Start! Phoenix
February 27, 2010
Tempe Beach Park
Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue

8 a.m. — Registration and Opening Ceremonies
9 a.m. — 5K Walk and 1-Mile Stroke Walk
10 a.m. — Wellness Village and Entertainment

Registration Information:
www.phoenixheartwalk.org
(602) 414-5320

 

Arizona Business Magazine

January 2010