CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2012) –Pat Riley, president and COO of Allen Tate Company (www.allentate.com), the Carolinas’ real estate leader, was honored as the 2012 Education Champion of the Year at the MeckEd Annual Community Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Charlotte.
MeckEd is an independent non-profit and champion for public education whose mission is to inform, educate and engage the community around the issues facing public education in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Riley, a dedicated advocate of public education, has served as chair for numerous boards and foundations, including past chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation, and co-chair of public school bond campaigns in 1997 and 2002.
He created the Allen Tate FUNDay, an annual “day of play” where Allen Tate Realtors from across the company’s footprint in the Carolinas gather each fall to raise money for public education organizations in their local communities. More than $1.17 million has been raised since the event began 15 years ago.
Public education is one of the core giving initiatives of the Allen Tate Company.
“There’s nothing more important to a homebuyer than the school house at the end of the street,” said Riley. “FUNDay gives everyone at Allen Tate a chance to directly impact the local school systems and other organizations committed to quality education.”
The program also featured Dr. Steve Perry, principal and CNN education contributor as keynote speaker, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison.
Allen Tate Realtors is the Carolinas’ largest real estate company with offices in the Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Upstate South Carolina regions. Allen Tate offers the advantage of hometown service with international capabilities and the latest in real estate technology and maximum marketing exposure. Visit www.allentate.com for more information.