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Easter Seals Honors CENTURY 21 System for contributions exceeding $3.8 million in 2007

Mar 3, 2008
For Immediate Release
Matt Gentile
Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Phone: 973-407-6102
Cell: 973-647-9042

PARSIPPANY, N.J., (March 03, 2008) —

During a special presentation at the CENTURY 21 International Convention held this past weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Easter Seals announced that 2007 contributions made by members of the CENTURY 21 System exceeded $3.8 million. Since 1979, the CENTURY 21 System has raised more than $95 million on behalf of Easter Seals and stands as the organization's all-time leading contributor.

"The frequently publicized challenges that the real estate industry faced in 2007 makes the work that the CENTURY 21 System was able to do on behalf of Easter Seals nothing less than amazing," said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. "As true leaders of the communities that they live in and serve, the men and women of the CENTURY 21 System truly deserved to be recognized and celebrated for their ongoing support of Easter Seals."

During the presentation, Easter Seals honored the top fundraisers in the CENTURY 21 franchise network for 2007. In addition, the top fundraising companies in each of the 28 CENTURY 21 System regions in the United States were also recognized.

"Now more than ever, Easter Seals stands as an integral part of CENTURY 21 System culture," said Thomas R. Kunz, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "I have had the pleasure to be affiliated with the CENTURY 21 System since it named Easter Seals as its official national philanthropic organization in 1979, and I can't remember a time when I have been prouder of this longstanding partnership."

For the 13th consecutive year, CENTURY 21 Town and Country, headquartered in Rochester, Mich., was the top CENTURY 21 System to contributor Easter Seals. Led by broker/owner John Kersten, the company raised $912,962 for Easter Seals Michigan in 2007, bringing the company's total contributions to more than $9 million since 1992.

With $229,056 in fundraising contributions, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company, based in Dallas, Texas was the CENTURY 21 System's second largest fundraising entity in 2007. Led by broker/owner Jim Fite, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company has been an active supporter of Easter Seals North Texas for nine years.

Grand Forks, N.D. based CENTURY 21 Red River Realty, earned the No. 3 position on the CENTURY 21 Easter Seals Top 21 fundraisers list in 2007, with $191,836 in contributions to Easter Seals Goodwill North Dakota. Jim Dunavan, broker/owner of the company, championed his team of sales professionals and staff to refurbish and rebuild dilapidated homes in the community and sell them to benefit Easter Seals.

Joining CENTURY 21 Town & Country, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company and CENTURY 21 Red River Realty on the list of the top CENTURY 21® System Easter Seals contributors in 2007 are:

CENTURY 21 Alliance Drexel Hill, Pa.
CENTURY 21 Conexus Realty Ltd. Regina, SK
CENTURY 21 A.L.L. Stars Realty Ltd. Edmonton, AB
CENTURY 21 Select Real Estate, Inc. Yuba City, Calif.
CENTURY 21 North Homes Realty, Inc. Lynnwood, Wa.
CENTURY 21 Pro-Team Oak Lawn, Ill.
CENTURY 21 Sweyer & Associates Wilmington, N.C.
CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. Peterborough, ON
CENTURY 21 Northbay Alliance Santa Rosa, Calif.
CENTURY 21 Scheetz Carmel, Ind.
CENTURY 21 Lad Realty Aptos, Calif.
CENTURY 21 Mike Myers Realty, Inc. Norwalk, OH
CENTURY 21 B. J. Roth Realty Ltd. Barrie ON
CENTURY 21 Alliance Mount Laurel, N.J.
CENTURY 21 My Real Estate Co. Downey, Calif.
CENTURY 21 Acclaim Realty Co. Brandon, Fla.
CENTURY 21 The Professionals Ltd. Calgary, AB
CENTURY 21 Seller's Choice St. John's, NL
CENTURY 21 Humpal Inc. Fort Collins, CO

$5 Million Easter Seals Challenge in 2008

In addition to recognizing and honoring its 2007 System-wide fundraising champions, the CENTURY 21 System announced a national $5 million fundraising challenge for 2008. If achieved, the CENTURY 21 System will exceed the $100 million dollar fundraising mark.