REALTORS Care®: Night of talent and taste benefits child with rare disorder

Our top-performing REALTORS Care® article for October highlighted a talent show for charity organized by Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. The team from Newmarket, Ontario raised money for a boy living with an extremely rare and fatal autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder. Night of talent and taste benefits child with rare disorder was published on Oct. 25, 2017. You can also raise awareness for your favourite charity by sharing your own inspiring story.   

This night on the town organized by Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. had talent, taste and a worthwhile cause.

The Newmarket, Ontario, team got together to host a REALTORS® Got Talent event in September to help raise funds for a local boy battling Batten disease, an extremely rare and fatal autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder that begins in childhood. In the end, more than $11,600 was presented to the Brochu family.

“When we heard that a local family needed extra support for their son, we had to help. That is the kind of business we are in and that is exactly what our company stands for,” said Joe Sponga, sales representative and key networker in executing this year’s event.

Using local radio personality Ashley Greco from CHUM FM as the master of ceremonies, REALTORS® took turns hitting the stage to perform their talents in front of about 120 people at Old Town Hall in downtown Newmarket.

The evening opened with a cocktail hour, where wine from Henry Pelham Estates Family Winery, and beer from Market Brewing Co. were enjoyed. Guests could not resist the cocktail hour appetizers from Olde Village Free House.

While enjoying cocktails, guests could browse the marketplace gallery, which offered a variety of donated items up for silent auction. This included more than 50 handcrafted pieces from local artisans.

Once the doors opened and performances began, guests enjoyed a four-course dinner donated from local restaurants such as Ground Burger Bar, SnackMrkt, Hungry Brew Hops and The Maid’s Cottage.

CENTURY 21® felt fortunate that so many local people and businesses demonstrated generosity in donating to and sponsoring the event. They would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers such as the Newmarket Lions for their contribution towards its success. All donations and sponsorship proceeds from the event, right down to table cloths and cutlery, directly supported the Brochu family.

CENTURY 21® Newmarket organized the event, with the guidance of their general manager, Eryn Richardson. The event was a team effort and included: Stephanie Fudge, Lisa Fedele, Jill Earl-Preston, Stacey Goldberg, Marisa Battaglini, Joe Sponga, Debbie Bekker-Fawcett and Tina West.

Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.

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