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What were they doing?  On September 12th, more than 300 people from local chapters of the Women’s Council of Realtors held an event at the Clancy warehouse in Newtown, CT.  While having a great time, they raised over $12,818* to benefit The Newtown Rotary Club-Sandy Hook SchoolFund.  And the event was one that many attendees said they would love to do again.

That makes a good 13k reasons why this Realtor networking event was worth the effort.

The evening of networking, wine tasting, live music and raffle prizes started with planning earlier in the year.  Leaders from different Women’s Council of Realtor Chapters had met with Tom Grimes of Clancy Relocation & Logistics.  WCR Chapter Presidents: Carol Christiansen (Empire-Westchester), Dawn Salamone (Dutchess County),  Melissa Lanza (Greater Hudson Valley), Floria Polverari (Southern CT) and Margaret Nagy (Greater Danbury) had each also wanted to do something more to aid the Newtown/Sandy Hook community.

Tom Grimes helped bring leaders from different chapters together to meet with others on the Clancy team: John Clancy, Bruce Davidson and myself about using the warehouse and a plan was developed.  Local chapters would come together in a new event called, “A UNIQUE REALTOR to REALTOR NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY” (or R2R for short).  Sandy Hook resident Paige Kousidis of AFR American Furniture Rentals donated equipment and also helped organize the warehouse’s conversion.  On the night of the event, members from several chapters arrived by the busload to take part in a great cause as well as network with each other.

The participating chapters were:

  • New York Chapters: Dutchess County, Empire Westchester and the Greater Hudson Valley
  • Connecticut Chapters: Greater Danbury and Southern Fairfield
  • To learn more about the Women’s Council of Realtors or for membership, please visit: http://www.wcr.org/

In addition to the outstanding generosity of the attendees, the event was a fun experience.  The jazz band, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and very large crowd made the warehouse space a lively atmosphere.  Members met several new people through the speed networking portion of the evening.  Phil Faranda, of J. Philip Real Estate in Briarcliff Manor, NY, also provided an educational networking workshop.

100% of the money collected is going to be presented to the Newtown Rotary.  Everyone is deeply touched by what took place.  It is important to remember what happened and look for better ways to protect our children from violence and suffering.   We are pleased to support The Newtown Rotary who will use the money to help local families and first responders.

With Thanks

On behalf of all of us at Clancy Relocation & Logistics, we’d like to thank the WCR chapters, attendees and fellow sponsors for their outstanding generosity.  At the time the 12/14/12 Sandy Hook tragedy occurred, it was only a few months after purchasing our new warehouse.  It was an honor to share our support alongside Realtors within our community by hosting this unique networking event to benefit the families and first responders.  And a long list of sponsors also deserve recognition for their generous contributions.

Sponsors (A-Z)

Adele Unger, William Pitt (raffle)
AFR American Furniture Rentals www.rentfurniture.com
Allan Block Insurance www.allanblockinsurance.com
Better Qualified
Chase Bank www.chase.com
Crown Point Luxury Apartments www.crownpointreserve.com
First Niagra Bank www.firstniagara.com
Griffin Estate Wines (wine tasting) www.griffinestatewines.com
House Lens www.houselens.com
John Copolus Licensed Real Estate Appraisers www.copulos.com
LRH Christiansen Home Improvements
North River Abstract Corp www.northriverabstract.com
Parkway Pest Services www.parkwaypestservices.com
Penner law Firm (raffle) www.pennerlawfirm.com
Prime Lending Mortgages www.primelending.com
Prudential CT Ridgefield (raffle) www.bhhsneproperties.com
Residential Home Funding www.rhfunding.com
Rey Insurance Agency, Inc. www.reyinsurance.com
Rich O’Donnell Property Tax Consultant www.retiredassessor.com
Sabrina’s Style of Sandy Hook, CT (raffle) www.sabrinastyle.com
Sherwood Inspection Services, LLC www.sherwoodinspection.com
The Daily Voice www.dailyvoice.com
Trustco Bank www.trustcobank.com
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo, Danbury www.wellsfargo.com/mortgage

For more photos taken during the R2R event, please click here to view our album on facebook.

THE NEWTOWN ROTARY – SANDY HOOK SCHOOL FUND
Provides funds for the families of the students, faculty, administrators and to first responders to the tragedy for medical needs and to counseling agencies providing free or reduced cost long term services.

For more fund information, please visit: http://www.newtownctrotary.org/SandyHookSchoolFund.cfm

* This article was revised 10/29/13 to reflect the check amount presented to the Newtown Rotary 10/28/13 in the amount of 12,818.