More than 1,000 Royal LePage sales representatives, broker-owners, managers and business partners convened in Toronto for the Royal LePage National Sales Conference, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Fundraising for the company’s charity, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, took centre stage on both the official agenda and at pre-conference gatherings.
As delegates from across the country connected with their peers and drew inspiration from speakers including Col. Chris Hadfield, marketing expert Scott Stratten and Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery, they attended an array of events held in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation: a Toronto harbour boat cruise (hosted by Royal LePage Supreme Realty); an evening at the Hockey Hall of Fame (hosted by Royal LePage Signature Realty); a golf tournament at Glen Abbey (hosted by the Kate Vanderburgh Team of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.); a scotch tasting, the Wee Dram for Shelter (hosted by Reid Greiner, with the help of George Grdic, both of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.); and a weekend-long motorcycle ride through cottage country (with participants from across Canada)
During an evening to explore the city, Brandy Hyland and Erin Gregory of Royal LePage Connect Realty collected donations at a photo booth at a popular Toronto nightclub.
Royal LePage Estate Realty generously sponsored the Balloon Pop for Shelter, collecting donations from delegates who took their chances at winning prizes as noted inside each balloon.
Supporters from coast to coast donated a wide range of items to the silent auction including elegant jewelry, wines and spirits, framed art, handmade crafts, and electronics. In particular, a collaborative art project spearheaded by Genworth Canada encouraged all conference attendees to leave their mark on a large canvas which was auctioned off for more than $5,000. This one-of-a-kind piece will be hung in the office of the generous highest bidder, Robert Nimmo of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
In the live auction overseen Kent Browne, broker-owner of Royal LePage Team Realty and Royal LePage Gale Real Estate in Ottawa, attendees bid on private excursions and exclusive events, including a lunch with Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery and tickets in a private box to see the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener versus the Montreal Canadiens.
The infamous Royal LePage Faux Fur Coat was auctioned and sent home for the year with Brad Johnstone, broker of record at Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre. Not to be outdone, the enormous stuffed animal “Royal LeMoose” – once owned by a women’s shelter in Regina – was auctioned off for $15,000 to 14 eager bidders who will circulate this moose dressed as a Mountie to Royal LePage brokerages across the country over the next two years.
“Royal LePage professionals are incredibly passionate about giving back to the community and in particular, to our national charity,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “With their contributions at our National Sales Conference, more than $120,000 was raised to help put an end to domestic violence.”