Windermere Stellar Commits to Raising $250,000 for
Friends of the Children’s New Gresham Facility
GRESHAM, Ore. — October 2, 2014 — On the heels of Friends of the Children’s (FOTC) announcement regarding its capital campaign to build a new facility in Gresham, Ore., Windermere Stellar announces its commitment to raise $250,000 for the new facility’s kitchen. To commemorate this, approximately 15 real estate brokers from Windermere Stellar, along with the owners of the local real estate company, Brian and Joan Allen, volunteered at FOTC’s recent celebration announcing the launch of the campaign.
“Volunteering during the festivities gave us the opportunity to see the future of what our fundraising efforts will be,” said Kerry Miller, Windermere Stellar real estate broker. “I am proud to go to work every day for a company that is involved with so many great causes. Standing on the facility’s new grounds and seeing the faces of youth who will benefit from these efforts makes it even more fulfilling.”
The 8,500 square-foot facility will be constructed in Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood (Northeast 172nd and Glisan) on land that was secured in partnership with the City of Gresham. Along with the Windermere teaching kitchen, the facility will incorporate a garden, comfortable spaces for one-on-one time, a media center and multipurpose rooms for group activities. FOTC will leverage the facility to serve the wider community, making spaces available for parent and family program as well as to other community groups.
“We are so grateful that donors such as Windermere Stellar understood our vision early on. Commitments like these have helped the campaign reach more than 80 percent of its original goal,” said Duncan Campbell, Friends of the Children Founder. “Right now more than 50 percent of our youth live east of 82nd Avenue and that will continue to grow as more families move eastward in search of affordable housing.”
FOTC will break ground in January, 2015 and aims to finish the project in the fall of 2015.
About Windermere Stellar
Locally owned and managed for 40 years, Windermere Stellar has offices in Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, West Linn and the north Oregon coast. The company’s full-time real estate experts have the local knowledge, collaborative network and dedication to successfully guide buyers and sellers through complex real estate transactions. Brokers donate a portion of their commission from every transaction to the Windermere Foundation, which supports low-income children and families. To date, more than $2 million has been donated to 100 local organizations.
About Friends of the Children
Friends of the Children is a revolutionary mentoring program that is transforming the lives of our most vulnerable children. Founded by Portland native Duncan Campbell, Friends of the Children makes a 12.5 year commitment to each child, selecting them in kindergarten, matching them with paid, professional mentors (called Friends) and guiding them through high school graduation. For more information, visit friendspdx.org.
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