2008 Fundraising for Easter Seals Brings All-Time Contributions by
CENTURY 21 System Closer to Goal of $100 Million
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (April 8, 2009) — Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization is pleased to announce that 2008 contributions made by members of the CENTURY 21® System exceeded $2.5 million. With this year’s contribution, the CENTURY 21 System has raised nearly $98 million on behalf of Easter Seals since the inception of its philanthropic partnership.
"CENTURY 21 brokers and agents across the nation have championed Easter Seals since 1979, and we are so grateful for the continued support," said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals, "Contributions from the CENTURY 21 System have allowed Easter Seals to help people living with autism, military service members and veterans, older adults and young children realize dreams and accomplishments never thought possible."
Easter Seals honored the 2008 top fundraisers in the CENTURY 21 System at the CENTURY 21 Real Estate International Convention held recently in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the top fundraising companies in each of the 28 CENTURY 21 System regions in the United States were also recognized.
"We are so proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our philanthropic partnership with Easter Seals this year," said Thomas R. Kunz, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate. Giving back to our local communities is a critical part of the CENTURY 21 System’s culture. I have been involved with Easter Seals fundraising since the CENTURY 21 System named Easter Seals as its official national philanthropic organization 30 years ago. We are making a difference in people’s lives, and I look forward to meeting our goal of raising over $100 million for Easter Seals."
For the 14th consecutive year, CENTURY 21 Town and Country, headquartered in Rochester, Mich., was the top CENTURY 21 System contributor to Easter Seals. Led by broker/owner John Kersten, the company raised $770,000 for Easter Seals Michigan in 2008, bringing the companys total contributions to more than $9.8 million since 1992.
With $220,927 in fundraising contributions, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company, based in Dallas, Texas, was the CENTURY 21 Systems second largest fundraising entity in 2008. Led by broker/owners Jim Fite and Jan Fite-Miller, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company has been an active supporter of Easter Seals North Texas for 10 years.
In 2008, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite also exceeded $1 million in lifetime contributions to Easter Seals.
Drexel Hill, Pa., based CENTURY 21 Alliance earned the No. 3 position on the CENTURY 21 Easter Seals Top 21 fundraisers list in 2008, with $129,628 in contributions.
Joining CENTURY 21 Town & Country, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company and CENTURY 21 Alliance on the list of the top 21 CENTURY 21® System Easter Seals contributors in 2008 are:
CENTURY 21 Conexus Realty Ltd., Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
CENTURY 21 A.L.L. Stars Realty Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
CENTURY 21 Sweyer & Associates, Wilmington, North Carolina
CENTURY 21 Scheetz, Carmel, Indiana
CENTURY 21 Lad Realty, Aptos, California
CENTURY 21 Mike Myers Realty, Inc., Norwalk, Ohio
CENTURY 21 North Homes Realty, Inc., Lynnwood, Washington
CENTURY 21 The Professionals Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc., Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
CENTURY 21 B.J. Roth Realty Ltd., Barrie, Ontario, Canada
CENTURY 21 Seller’s Choice, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
CENTURY 21 Sunbelt Realty, Cape Coral, Florida
CENTURY 21 My Real Estate Co., Downey, California
CENTURY 21 Classic Realty Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
CENTURY 21 Hometown Brokers, Billings, Montana
CENTURY 21 Humpal Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado
CENTURY 21 Larry Miller Realty, Inc., Evans, Georgia
CENTURY 21 Assurance Realty Ltd., Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
30th Anniversary Challenge
In addition to recognizing and honoring its 2008 System-wide fundraising champions, Tom Kunz, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, announced its 30th Anniversary Challenge to the CENTURY 21 System to exceed the $100 million dollar fundraising mark for Easter Seals since the inception of its philanthropic partnership in 1979.