Category Archives: Giving Back

Any Baby Can’s 23rd Annual Style Show & Luncheon

September 14th, 2017 — Our friends at Any Baby Can hosted their 23rd Annual Style Show & Luncheon at The Pearl Stable. The spirit of this event is fashion, philanthropy, and friends — style that goes the extra mile. Proceeds from this fabulous celebration enable Any Baby Can to continue providing services, at no cost regardless of income, to families of children and youth with special health care needs. By providing crisis assistance, counseling, autism services, sibling support, prescription assistance and health and wellness services they move families from crisis to care.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is a long-time advocate for Any Baby Can. D’Ann Harper, former board chair, personally values the work Any Baby Can provides to the community. D’Ann served on the Board of Directors for Any Baby can since 2009, and served as Board Chair from 2013-2015. She was in attendance alongside Sales Agents from the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® brokerage. Money raised from this event and others like it that hosted throughout the year, such as Fore Any Baby Can, fund many of the programs offered.

If you would like more information about how to can help, visit their website, www.anybabycansa.org.

CBHarper Hurricane Harvey Relief & Adopt-a-Pet, The Long Road Home

Coldwell Banker and Adopt-a-Pet.com renewed their partnership in 2017. Last year the goal was to find homes for 20,000 pets, a goal that was exceeded thanks to Coldwell Banker offices nation-wide.

At Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® we had planned to join our ‘GenBlue’ family across the country by hosting several events here locally. Our office locations span 9 locations in 7 cities in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. We had teamed up with local shelters, gathered resources and promoted the National Adopt-a-Pet weekend.

What none of us could have planned for was the storm on the horizon. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the evening of August 25th near Rockport, Texas. Home to many of our Sales Agents, family, friends and sister brokerage the Ron Brown Company. The category 4 hurricane sent wind gusts upwards of 100mph through the Texas Coastal Bend. This area is comprised of numerous small towns.

We watched helplessly as the torrential rains moved along the 300 miles of Texas coastline to Houston and farther north to Beaumont. This is not only a Texas story, the storm moved painfully slow over the course of a week bringing the flood waters into parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Without hesitation, Leesa Harper Rispoli rallied with the Sales Agents, employees and partners here to formulate a plan of action. In step with our parent company, Realogy, who pledged to match up to $75,000 for Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief funds, we launched a fundraiser directly benefitting the American Red Cross. To-date this fundraiser has raised over $5,300.

Leesa put together this message:

Effectively immediately, on August 30th, we began collecting donations. We then planned for a Big Donation Event on Sept. 7th, just ahead of our Adopt-A-Pet event on Sept. 9th. We communicated directly with our fellow Coldwell Banker family members who sustained severe damage. We continue to encourage and support their respective fundraisers found here:
HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

Even in the midst of a gas shortage caused by panic here in San Antonio, our Big Donation Event, unfolded with grand success. Allen Pozzi and Richard Davies, in true Texas fashion, brought in their barbecue pit and served up brisket, sausage, and fajita tacos. Each taco sold for $2 with the proceeds earmarked for relief efforts. Over $1,387.44 was raised in monetary donations. Checks were delivered directly to the San Antonio Food Bank, a hub of distribution for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Physical donations came in by the truckload until our entire trailer was filled with new goods including cleaning supplies, food, and hygiene products. Some of our donations were even sent via Amazon from other locations across the country like ones we received from Heather Ostrom at Coldwell Banker Roseville and Rocklin. We worked with a church who organized and delivered all the items collected. They put them directly into the hands of those affected and setup a team of volunteers who are assisting in the rebuilding process.

CBHarper Donation Drive

With our donations delivered on Friday, we pushed forward together to promote our Adopt-a-Pet event. It was no longer about only adopting pets who needed a home. It became about relieving the shelters who were feeling the pressure as they received incoming pets displaced by the flooding.

Our very own Cat Lodge, REALTOR® appeared on SALiving with TV personality Shelly Miles to voice how adopting a dog can make all the difference. Already full shelters here in San Antonio were seeing a large influx of animals that had escaped the storm or lost their families. Seeing a need, our friends at Adopt-a-Pet.com announced the release of a unique peer-to-peer platform that helps displaced people find local citizens who can provide temporary foster homes for pets until they can be welcomed back home.

Saturday, September 9th our offices joined together with God’s Dogs, SARocks, San Antonio Pets Alive and Pet’s Barn to take part in the nation-wide Adopt-a-Pet weekend. In total, 28 dogs found new homes, which for us is a tremendous success!  Below are photos from our Adopt-a-Pet and they speak louder than any words we can share.

At the end of the day, we’re all Texans. What does it mean? It means we’re family, here to lift one another up. We rise only by lifting others. So if that means raising money, donating goods or hosting a pet adoption — count us in. If there is one thing we are passionate about here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® it is changing lives by affecting real change where we can. Texas is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. If this tragedy has taught us anything, it is that we are Texas Strong. Stay on this journey with us as we continue down the path to recovery post-Hurricane Harvey… and Hurricane Irma. It is a long road home for some but we will reach the destination, together.

Meet ‘Rags’ this gent of a pup was adopted and now has a new fur-ever home.

Dea Driffill, REALTOR excited about the day’s events. She raffled off a $100 gift card!

Ali Heft and Debbie Backlund with their new furry family members. Congratulations!

Faythe Brunk pictured with a sweet adoptable puppy.

Wendy Holtorff and her family with their new pup! Congratulations!

This lil’ guy looks sad, but shortly after this photo was taken he was adopted by a new family.

Kathy Vogel, Leesa Harper Rispoli, Donna Frye all sporting CBHarper T-Shirts.

Julie Brown & Donna Frye put in some serious “sign-holding” time —committed to pups and all things Adopt-a-Pet!

Free swag for anyone who stopped by.

 

 

 

 

CBHarper’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

We feel passionate about helping our fellow Texans!
With such a widespread need, we have put together a plan to present options on
the best ways to give. Use the links below to directly help folks in our Coldwell Banker Family and those along the Texas coastline that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey!

MONETARY DONATIONS

  1. Ron Brown is the Broker / Owner of 2 Coldwell Banker offices. The office manager, Jen Rubinowitz, set up a gofundme page to provide food and hotels for our fellow agents there. Visit: HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
  2. Marnie Pate is the Broker / Owner of Coldwell Banker Island REALTORS® and she is coordinating monetary relief efforts for the folks in Port A. Visit here to help: HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

  3. We have set up a fundraiser page that is directly benefitting the American Red Cross. You can find it by visiting our Facebook page @CBHarperRealtors OR visit: redcross.org/donate or TEXT Harvey to 90999 ($10)

To put things in perspective the distance from Corpus Christi to Beaumont Texas is 300 miles. That is how vast the devastation is. There are a large number of inland towns that have significant damage, we have not forgotten them.

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2017

DONATION DRIVE

Effective immediately, all office locations will be collecting for the CBHarper Donation Drive, they can be found by visiting cbharper.com/locations.

BIG DONATION EVENT ON SEPT. 7th: 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

LOADING TIME: 10:00am – 2:00pm, we will be in the parking lot loading trucks

We are collecting essential items that will be placed directly into the hands of those who need
them most. Please bring any of the following items:

• Batteries

• Duct Tape
• Fix-A-Flat

• Buckets

• Gloves

• Hammers

• Shovels

• Chainsaws

• Rubber Boots

• Trash Bags

• Cleaning Supplies:

Mops, Sponges, Bleach,
Cleaning Products, Scrubbers

• Bug Spray

• Water

• Air Mattresses

• Towels

• Linens

• Toiletry Items

• Baby Items

• NEW Clothing
• Hand Sanitizer

 


If you have a person or specific location in need, please add it in the comments below. We will make every effort to stay informed and keep connected to the needs of our fellow Texans.

 

CBHarper New Braunfels & Habitat for Humanity 2017

Each year the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels office works directly with the Comal County Habitat for Humanity to give back to the community by decorating and securing sponsorships for home-studs.
Martha and her family are ready for homeownership and need help to complete their dream. Their home is scheduled for Autumn of 2017. In order to frame a Comal County Habitat for Humanity home, they need over 300 studs ( 2 x 4 x 92-5/8″ wood).  You can partner with Martha and Habitat by sponsoring a stud for $200. With your sponsorship, you can take a stud home or to your organization and decorate it. Then return your decorated stud back to Comal Habitat by September 15th. Your decorated stud will be used to frame Martha’s Habitat home. 

*The studs will be available for pick-up at the Comal County Habitat for Humanity office at 1269 Industrial Drive, New Braunfels, Texas  9:00am – 4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday before September 15th.

Meanwhile, the folks at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors New Braunfels celebrate with great enthusiasm”Paint Your Stud Day”.  Our local Comal County Habitat for Humanity is getting ready for the NEXT home for us to help build. The donations for these studs will be able to purchase $1,400 of building supplies.

“We love our local Habitat families!” says Julie Gezella, VP of Residential Sales for the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels office.

 

If you would like more information on any of our CBHarper New Braunfels Team visit them here: http://cbharper.com/offices/new-braunfels-sales-office.php

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 608-5400 office
(830) 608-5480 fax

CBHarper’s Summer Blood Drive 2017

Throughout the year, for many consecutive years, we host Blood Drives for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. Sometimes we have a face for our cause to donate life-saving blood.
Such is the case with Noami Hennesey.

Noami was born with an autoimmune disease called thalassemia, a condition quite common in her native China. Thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body does not create enough red blood cells or enough of the oxygen-carrying protein called hemoglobin. The only treatment for thalassemia is blood transfusions, which Noami will receive for the rest of her life.

In China, blood donors are rare and there are extreme shortages of blood available for patients. Noami, who grew up in an orphanage, would receive blood transfusions just twice a year. The result was that she always was exhausted and frequently in pain. Fortunately, she was adopted at the age of 10 by a family from Helotes, and now she is able to receive lifesaving transfusions on a regular basis, approximately 35 to 50 units of red blood cells in a typical year.

Noami is thankful for the number of donors in the United States who have been a part of her progress. Many children with thalassemia from the area in China where Naomi is from do not live past the age of 14, but she has already beaten that with her recent 15th birthday — and a normal life.

The CBHarper Summer Blood Drive was a tremendous success and proud supporter of Noami and other like her who depend on life-saving donations. We exceeded our goal of 10 pints of blood and collected 16 pints of blood, which means we saved 48 lives!
We also had 2 donors who donated Double Red Cells which counts for 4 pints of blood.

Special thanks to everyone who donated blood and who helped to make our Summer Blood Drive such a huge success.

 

 

We wanted to offer an outlet for those that still wanted to give but perhaps ran out of time. There is a location very close just off Northwest Military and Loop 1604 where donors can drop by – you can even schedule an appointment online here.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Shavano
Blood Donation Center
4079 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78257
Phone: (210) 736-8920
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday · 9am–5pm, Monday & Sunday • 11am-6:30pm

 

If you would like to sign up for our next donation please contact:

Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®,

18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 101 • San Antonio, TX 78258

(210) 483-6314 • dbarnhill@cbharper.com


For more information about the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, log on to:

www.southtexasblood.org

Car Wash Benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Bandera

July 22nd, Bandera, TX —  It was a hot, hot Texas Summer weekend out in Bandera, Texas. That did not stop Amy Thibodeaux and Stacey Cox from CB Stagecoach in hosting a Car Wash / Bake Sale. All proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Bandera.

The mission of Boy & Girls Clubs of Bandera County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. They depend on donations and support from the community to continue doing great work with Bandera’s youth.

Many cars showed up to get that sparkle and shine car wash. Many visitors enjoyed treats from the Bake Sale to snack on. The club had a great time despite the heat and packed it up just before the hottest part of the day at 2pm.

Interested in getting involved or giving back?

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bandera County is located at 715 Maple St., Bandera, TX 78003.
They can be reached by phone here (830) 796-8109 OR visit them on Facebook:
facebook.com/BGCBanderaCounty

3rd Annual “Cover Their Tush & Toes Challenge”

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has partnered with the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for the third year to help provide socks and underwear for area children. Led by Debbie McNeal, REALTOR® who gives her time, energy and heart to benefit such a great cause. In the feature image Jannette Springer and Marjory Felter, REALTORS® are pictured alongside Debbie McNeal and her mom. They are delivering their biggest donation to date.

“Serving others is what brings blessings to all. These ‘Tush and Toes’ donations to Hill Country Daily Bread will be given to the youth that are in need. Thanks Debbie for all you and mom do to make this a success each year. And thanks to all who so generously donated”, says Marjory Felter, REALTOR®

Janette Springer shares her sentiments, “[I] Love giving back to this community and knowing it means so much to the children that receive it.”

In total we supplied the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries with sock and underwear for 130 children for Back to School. It is amazing to bless so many children, amazing work Debbie McNeal and all those that supported these efforts. We give in a variety of different ways throughout the year. Our money, our time and most importantly our hearts. If you would like to contact us about how to get involved in your community please reach out PR@CBHarper.com

If you want to get in touch with Debbie on how to donate directly to the Hill Country Daily Bread, please email her at dmcneal@cbharper.com

Thank you to all of those who participated and donated, it is through giving back that we truly find happiness.

 

Employees and Recipients of the Dr. Herbert E. Harper Scholarship

The Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli in 2016 of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

This newly established scholarship honors the late Dr. Herbert E. Harper Jr. and offered exclusively to agents, employees, and their children, stepchildren or grandchildren this scholarship underscores the belief CBHarper was founded on — a tradition of trust and family. is available in various amounts totaling $25,000 to students who planned to attend any community college, technical or vocational school or a four-year college or university in the United States. They submitted their application along with a compelling reason why they would like to further their education.

They submitted their application along with a compelling reason why they would like to further their education. Then a non-biased panel reads all the entries and selects the winners.

D’Ann Harper attended the San Antonio Area Foundation ceremony as the winners were bestowed their scholarships.

In our previous post here, we listed the names of all the winners:

Katie Lasko, North West Office
The daughter of Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®   [ Catherine Barnhill ]
The daughter of Ina Kazarian, REALTOR®
The daughter of Holly Mahler, REALTOR® [Kendall Mahler*]
The grandson of Connie Dukes, REALTOR®
The daughter of Carolyn DiMuzio, REALTOR®
The daughter of Henry Clarkson, REALTOR®
The daughter of Jackie Thibadeau, Support Center   [ Charlene Mastick ]
The daughter of Wanda Haltom, REALTOR®

 

*Kendall Mahler was awarded the extra honor of a renewable scholarship of $2,000 a year for up to 4 years. Kendall is planning to get a Masters degree and is so honored to have been chosen for this. It will allow her to focus on her studies, instead of worrying about the cost of graduate school.

“Thank you D’Ann and Leesa from the bottom of our hearts”, says Kendall and her mom, Holly Mahler, REALTOR®. [pictured left]

In a formal letter thanking both Leesa and D’Ann Kendall conveys an overwhelming sentiment of gratitude.

“I will be attending Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in hopes of receiving my Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology within the next two years. Industrial Organizational Psychology is a field that many people don’t know much about, even though it has grown steadily into a high paying field of employment. Businesses across the globe have started to realize the monumental impact that psychology plays in their productivity and thus have begun employing I.O. Psychologists to come in and make changes to their organizational procedures. My plans are to one day be an I.O. consultant for companies who are looking to increase their productivity through examining employee training, leadership techniques, and job placement with regards to psychological research and analysis.

I am overjoyed to be receiving this Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship and I truly still can’t believe that I was selected as the recipient. Just a few weekends ago I found out that I had been accepted into Psi Chi, the International Honors Society of Psychology, because of my psychology research over achievement motivation, my 4.0 psychology GPA, as well as my overall 3.60 GPA which places me in the top 35% of the sophomore, junior, and senior students at ACU! Since applying for this scholarship I was also able to walk the stage on May 13th, 2017, and graduate with my bachelor’s of science from Abilene Christian University with Cum Laude honors. I promise you that this scholarship is in good hands and that I am going to make something wonderful out of myself.

I because of this scholarship I can now look joyfully into the future, without any fears of paying for graduate school. Thank you again for selecting me as the recipient of the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund and for supporting my dreams, it is an honor and a privilege.”

 

 

When the application process reopens for 2018 we will be sharing that news here on our blog and well as on all our social media channels. In the meantime, if you would like more information about the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund visit San Antonio Area Foundation’s website here:

http://www.saafdn.org/Scholarships/ApplyforaScholarship.aspx#489738-the-herbert-e-harper-jr-memorial-scholarship-fund

Art Meister Ranks 2nd in Division at Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism

April 22, 2017 — Any Baby Can’s 13th Annual Walk for Autism is an Official Fiesta® San Antonio event that helps support families raising individuals with autism. Art Meister, REALTOR® here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® participated in this year’s event.

Art finished 2nd in his division with a time of 30:15 for the 5k (3.2) miles. Originally his goal was to finish in under 30 minutes. He attributes the extra 15 seconds it took to complete on the Double Double at In and Out Burger with clients. Well, Art, I think those Double Double’s would add at least 15 seconds on most people’s run.

“What a great cause,” says Art, “I’m so thankful and grateful that I can support and survive something like this at this point in my life.”

The race kicked off at 8:00 am with a Superhero 5k where many participants donned their favorite superhero costumes. The walk began shortly after at 9:00 am. Crowds showed their support by making banners, signs and creating team T-shirts. In addition, families, and attendees enjoyed delicious food trucks, activities, and family-friendly performances.

Thank you, Art, for bringing us this wonderful story, as well as sharing photos. Cheers on achieving 2nd place in your division and supporting Any Baby Can at their fantastic annual event.

 

Mason’s Mighty Superheroes, A Follow-Up

We recently brought you a story about Cindy Enloe, REALTOR® and her participation in Mason’s Mighty Superheroes. On Saturday March 25th a crowd of supporters gathered to show off their superhero powers alongside Mason “Ace” Martinez.

Held at the Heights at Stone Oak, the race honored 8 year old Mason. On June 21st 2016 just one month after moving to Texas from Tampa, Florida Mason was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Since then, Mason has spent over 35 nights in the hospital and hundreds of doses of chemotherapy and over 15 outpatient lumbar punctures to test his brain and spinal fluid for any “kryptonite”. At one point his bone marrow was occupied by 93% and his blood by 50%. Through his struggles his family and community in the Heights at Stone Oak/Hardy Oak Elementary area has loved and supported him. On July 28th, Mason “Ace” Martinez reached full remission!

To help support Mason and his family a Superhero Race was organized to raise money for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro kick started the race with a short speech in a statement to the San Antonio Express News Castro said, “I got back from Washington late last night, and I wanted to support Mason and his family. It’s really special to see so many people from the neighborhood here to support him.”

Amid all the children donning their favorite super hero costumes, were so many supporters just happy to be a part of such a wonderful cause.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help or make a donation visit Mason’s Mighty Super Heroes’ website here:
http://masonssuperheroes.wixsite.com/masonssuperheroes

Also be sure to like their Facebook page found here for more photos from this joyous and successful event:
https://www.facebook.com/masonsmightysuperheroes/