Each fall, for the past 17 years, Allen Tate Realtors® have gathered to support a cause that is near and dear to them; one that impacts their local communities; and one that makes a huge difference to their chosen livelihood.
Since it began, the annual Allen Tate FUNday for Public Education has taken the form of a field day, tailgate picnic, community workday, and evening reception. For the past three years, the original FUNday became FUNdays, with two events in both 2011 and 2012 and three events in 2013. This year, FUNday was held as four separate regional events through the company’s footprint in North and South Carolina.
If you’ve ever doubted that multiplying efforts yields exponential results, you’re wrong. With four events, we’re proud to report that we raised a net total of more than $145,000 – the most in any year in the past decade. More than 1,100 agents, employees, guests and sponsors were in attendance.
That brings our ongoing contributions from FUNday proceeds to more than $1.52 million dollars. Let me say it again: $1.52 million to directly impact public education in our 41 local communities in North and South Carolina.
And while raising money for a great cause is always FUN, each 2014 event had its own unique personality and activities that made it an awesome evening for attendees.
- In the Upstate, we held an evening reception on September 24 at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville. The festivities included silent and live auctions, a wine pull, blackjack table, “Keys to Success” game, and “Diamond Drop” drawing for a black diamond necklace. Kathy Weeks, Allen Tate regional vice president for the Upstate, also participated in an ice bucket challenge prior to the event, which raised $2,100.
- In the Triad, we “rolled out the Red Carpet” for education with an event held October 2 at the Regency Room at the Elm Street Center in Greensboro. The festivities included silent and live auctions, a 50/50 drawing, reception and dancing.
- In the Triangle, we went a little “mad” – with a Mad Men-themed reception held October 9 at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. The festivities included a silent auction, reverse raffle, wine pull, Black Jack tournament, reception and dancing to tunes from the Mad Men.
- In Charlotte, we donned our Carolina Panthers gear for a tailgate reception in the Panthers’ Den at Bank of America Stadium. The festivities included silent and live auctions, 50/50 raffle, wine pull, and exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the stadium and Carolina Panthers’ facilities.
There are not enough ways I can say thank you to the agents, employees, guests and sponsors who gave their time, energy and dollars to this great cause. I would like to recognize our awesome FUNday leaders who lead the charge: Rhett Brown in the Upstate, Lori Yager in the Triad, Bootsie Harris in the Triangle and Stephanie Gossett in Charlotte.
The American scientist Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
Nearly two decades ago, Allen Tate made a commitment to changing public education. I’d say we’ve done that, in 1,520,000 ways … and counting.