Record funds were raised for the company’s charitable foundation at the recent Royal LePage 2018 National Sales Conference, held September 24 to 26, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Royal LePage professionals gathered early in the host city to attend a wide variety of pre-conference fundraisers – all with the goal of helping raise funds to break the cycle of domestic violence in Canada. Events included:
- ‘Ceilidh for Shelter’ hosted by Alex Ocsai and Gloria Riddall and their team at Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty
- ‘Shuttle for Shelter’ driven by Don Ranni and Lori Hennessey of Royal LePage Atlantic
- ‘Shuck ‘n’ Sail for Shelter’ hosted by Rosie Porter of Royal LePage Atlantic
- ‘Lower Deck pub party’ hosted by Ian Angus and Toni Leroux of Royal LePage Atlantic
- ‘Halifax Hike for Shelter’ lead by Paula Langille of Royal LePage Atlantic
- ‘Halifax pub crawl’ hosted by Ashley Patterson of Royal LePage Atlantic
- ‘Wake up Workout for Shelter’ hosted by Chantelle Johnstone of Royal LePage NRC Realty
- ‘#Lindsay4Shelter’ sefie contest organized by The Modern Real Estate Team of Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty
- And other fundraising activities and matching donations organized by Genworth Canada; Al Daimee, Miguel Madeira and Said Warde of Royal LePage Signature Realty; The Vancouver Island Connection agents; Neil Bosdet of Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty with Mike Mitchell of Royal LePage Westwin Realty; and Royal LePage Atlantic
Also taking place ahead of the conference was the annual motorcycle ‘Ride for Shelter,’ organized by Josh Nelson and John Hripko of Royal LePage Benchmark. This year, a handful of motorcyclists drove from their hometowns to Halifax in addition to completing the event’s two-day itinerary. These brave riders include: Anthony and Karen Boos from Royal LePage Cascade Realty in Dawson Creek, BC; Val Brooks from Royal LePage Crown Realty Services in Cambridge, ON; Carlo de Castris from Royal LePage Royal City Realty in Guelph, ON; and Ahmed Helmi with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. Johnston and Daniel in Toronto. Together with the entire ‘Ride for Shelter’ motorcycle club, more than $18,000 was raised at this pre-conference event alone.
Once the conference kicked off, fundraising for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation remained at centre stage. A generous group of delegates made donations to attend a VIP lunch in honour of the foundation’s 20th anniversary hosted by keynote speaker, Rick Mercer and Royal LePage president and CEO, Phil Soper. Conference attendees also arrived with nearly 100 items to be bid on in both the silent auction and always-exciting live auction conducted by experienced charity auctioneer, Kent Browne, broker/owner of Royal LePage Team Realty in Ottawa.
100 per cent of funds raised at the Royal LePage National Sales conference – and all events where Royal LePage professionals gather from communities across Canada – will benefit domestic violence prevention and education programs. A special donation will also be made from this year’s proceeds to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada to assist women and children living in Canada’s North.
“The record-setting amount of funds raised at the National Sales Conference only tells part of the story,” says Shanan Spencer-Brown, executive director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “While our agents and brokers are incredibly generous at this event and always arrive enthusiastic to support the cause, they are committed throughout the year to providing safety and support for abused women and children in their communities. They do this by donating from their sales commissions and hosting local fundraising events.”