Annual fundraiser benefits public education across the Carolinas
Charlotte, N.C. (October 24, 2011) –More than $1.17 million has been raised to date through FUNDay, Allen Tate Company’s annual fundraiser to benefit public education.
For the past 14 years, Allen Tate Realtors from across the company’s footprint in the Carolinas have gathered each fall to to raise money for public education organizations in their local communities. This year, Allen Tate doubled the fun and held two regional FUNDay events for the first time – October 4 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. and October 6 at Pine Lake Pavillion in Mebane, N.C.
At each FUNDay event, Realtors and company vendors “paid to play” – participating in a pie-eating contest, T-shirt contest, chili cook-off, cake walk and tailgate competition, as well as other activities. A Walk for Education (sponsored by Allen Tate clients and friends), a 50/50 raffle and an online auction raised additional funds. Overall, the 2011 event resulted in more than $70,000 in proceeds, with more than 400 Allen Tate Realtors participating.
“Protecting and preserving public education is important to us – not because we believe that every child should have a right to a quality education, but also because the impact of our schools on property values and quality of life in our communities,” said Pat Riley, president and chief operating officer, Allen Tate Company.
“There are so many things that are needed by students that don’t fall within the school budget: support for children who are homeless and parentless and do not come to school ready to learn; training for great teachers who need to re-tool themselves to effectively teach today’s children; supplies and clothing for kids so they are prepared and feel good about themselves; and coaching for principals on leadership,” said Riley.
“FUNDay gives everyone at Allen Tate a chance to directly make a difference in our local schools systems, and we’re proud of that.”
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