Charity

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Raises more than $15,000, Donates Backpacks and Funds to Local Nonprofits

Company Hosts 22nd Annual Backpack Challenge

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty raised more than $15,000 and donated 547 backpacks filled with school supplies for Northeast Florida children during its 22nd Annual Backpack Challenge.

Avondale office. From left, Nathalie Mockler, Liz Bobeck, Leighton Tesche, Kimberly Waterhouse, Norma Albano, Heather Cosgrove, Carla Bahri and Josh Cohen.

The backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to Northeast Florida schools and family/youth-centered organizations including Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, AMI Kids, the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Grace United Methodist Church in Lawtey, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Mayport Elementary School, Operation New Hope, Osceola Elementary School in St. Augustine, the USO of Greater Jacksonville and World Golf Village area schools.

Ponte Vedra office. From left, Kimberly Donahue, Holly Hayes, Elizabeth Hudgins, Liz Snead, Nely Lanier, Sarah Alexander and Ann King.

During the campaign, monetary donations as well as new backpacks and school supplies were collected at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices throughout Northeast Florida. The company used the donated funds to purchase additional backpacks and school supplies for local students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Mayport Elementary School. From left, Marisa Barbieri, Margaret Ceaser, Mary Grimes, Katie O’Connell (principal, Mayport Elementary) and Kevin Waugaman.

The company’s Beaches branch office collected $5,000, which was matched by an anonymous donor, for a $10,000 donation. In addition to purchasing backpacks and school supplies, the company presented five $1,000 checks to AMI Kids, the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Mayport Elementary School, and Operation New Hope for the organizations to use as needed.

Grace United Methodist Church. From left, Sheron Willson and Ann King.

With the support of her contributors, Realtor Donna Hodges of the company’s Mandarin branch office donated more than 68 backpacks to the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. The donation marked a new personal record for Hodges, who has participated in the company’s Backpack Challenge for many years.

Mandarin office. From left, Donna Hodges and Darby Stubberfield, Vice President of Development, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida.

“Words cannot express how much we appreciate the numerous donations and generous funding we received from our Realtors, employees, clients and the community during The Backpack Challenge,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty CEO Kevin Waugaman. “It is so important for students to have the tools they need for success, and we truly appreciate the support to help make a difference in the lives of children and families in our communities.”

USO Group. From left, Linda Sherrer, Kevin Waugaman and Ann King with USO representatives.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Home Office.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is one of the most dynamic and respected real estate firms in Northeast Florida. Founded in 1988 by Chairperson Linda Sherrer and featuring the leadership of CEO Kevin Waugaman and President Ann King, the company has a team of more than 475 real estate professionals in nine offices throughout Northeast Florida. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty operates a corporate relocation division, a new home and condominium sales division, Florida Network Property Management, Gibraltar Title Services, LLC and Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC.

In 2020, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty achieved more than $1.44 billion in closed sales. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty ranks as one of the Top 25 companies in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network, which received the highest score relating to Trust and Love among real estate agency brands in the 2020 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the nation’s largest homeownership services company.

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, visit FloridaNetworkRealty.com or call (904) 296-6400.

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