Category Archives: Giving Back

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/

CBHarper 2017 Spring Blood Drive

Several times a year Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® hosts a blood drive coordinated by Denise Barnhill. The buses that visit us bring wonderful teams from The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center who work hard to collect life-saving blood donations.

Yesterday’s Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Spring Blood Drive was a tremendous success. We collected 15 pints of blood and exceeded our goal of 11 pints of blood, which means we saved 45 lives. Each pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

A special thank you goes to everyone who donated and who also helped to make our Blood Drive such a tremendous success. Thanks to Mika Connor and Danielle Martin for coordinating and collecting names.

Thank you to everyone who donated blood today by giving someone the gift of life.

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

 

2nd Annual Easter Bunny Basket Brigade

March 2017 — Debbie McNeal, our award winning REALTOR® from the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Boerne Office organized the 2nd Annual Easter Bunny Basket Brigade. The Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries needed 450 baskets to be distributed to local children.

Starting early this year, during late February, Debbie McNeal and Jennifer Nichols planned to culminate their donation efforts on March 9th by assembling baskets.  They reached out to friends, family and CBHarper Family to collect monetary and tangible contributions. The Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries needed 450 baskets, 150 wooden cross necklaces, 350 bibles plus assembling efforts.  With donations collected they were able to purchase all of the items needed by HCDBM & had many volunteers to assemble baskets.

In just 4 short days their goal was not only met, but exceeded. Debbie reported,

I am very happy to say that with the help of donations made & volunteers to help with Basket Assembly, our 2nd Annual Easter Bunny Basket Brigade to benefit Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries was a HUGE success. We were able to donate 450 baskets, 150 Wooden Cross Necklaces & 350 Bibles. We also had a great time assembling 146 Completed Baskets to be delivered to Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. I am grateful to all who contributed! Many children will be blessed at Easter thanks to all who contributed!

Well Debbie, you are very welcome!

Thank you to everyone who helped assemble baskets and made contributions. Shout out to the entire Boerne office for their continued efforts to give back to the community!

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how you can help, please contact Debbie McNeal at (210) 269-6929 or dmcneal@cbharper.com,

OR visit the HCDBM website here:
http://hillcountrydailybread.com/donate/

 

 

 

Mason’s Mighty Superheroes

Cindy Enloe, REALTOR® brought us this heroic story of courage, triumph and love.

Meet Mason Martinez. Mason was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on June 21st 2016 just one month after moving to Texas from Tampa, Florida. He was looking forward to trying out for the local swim team, the Hammerheads and making new friends at his school. This seven year old superhero was met with the kryptonite of blood cancer. His summer dreams were dashed as he battled for his life while his bone marrow was occupied by 93% and his blood by 50%.

Since then, Mason has spent over 35 nights in the hospital enduring two bone marrow sampling procedures, hundreds of doses of chemotherapy and over 15 outpatient lumbar punctures to test his brain and spinal fluid for any “kryptonite”.

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 has been organized.

WHEN: Saturday, March 25th

WHERE: The Heights at Stone Oak Recreation Center at
289 Colonade Drive, San Antonio, TX 78258

WHAT: 3 different race distances to test your superhero powers!

Superheroes-in-Training, 1/8 Mile starting at 8:30am
For Superheroes in training (under 7)
$15

Superheroes, 1 Mile starting at 9:00am
For Superheroes of all ages
$20

Extreme Superheroes, 5k starting at 9:00am
For Superheroes of all ages looking to really show off their super powers!
$25

Thank you Cindy for sponsoring this race! Please take the time to participate or contact Cindy about how you can help.
Can’t make the race? No worries. You can still donate here.

Visit the website here to review all the details about this mighty event!
http://masonssuperheroes.wixsite.com/masonssuperheroes/sponsors

Blood Drive March 2017

The next blood donation drive will be on Thursday, March 9th here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. We want to invite you to participate when the donation bus arrives here at the North Central / Stone Oak Office front parking lot at 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy. at 9:15am.
Denise Barnhill is the main point of contact and works tirelessly to coordinate this event. Setup your appointment by emailing Denise here.
She has passed out flyers that read “Give Angelica Another Birthday, Give Blood.”

With many of the medical advances achieved though study and research, it is easy to forget that there are still people out there who are in need of blood.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is a Texas institution and a proud partner with the South Texas health care system. It began in 1973 when three San Antonio physicians, Charles Robinson, M.D., Robert F. Gossett, M.D., and Michael H. Sulak M.D., in conjunction with the Bexar County Medical Society charter the new nonprofit, community blood center, South Texas Regional Blood Bank (STRBB).

In 1901 the discovery of blood groups A, B and O were made. The following year in 1902 the blood group AB was discovered. It wasn’t until 1937 that storing blood for transfusions was established in Rochester’s Mayo Clinic. Fast forward nearly forty years to 1974. That was when the South Texas Regional Blood Bank first opened its doors for volunteer blood donations.

It wasn’t until 1994 that a new location was built on IH-10 and a new name was given to reflect their expanded mission. South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

Just 25,000 donors gave blood that first year in 1974. The STBTC still strives to encourage blood donations. Because of blood donations from generous donors like you, Angelica survived her brain tumor. She’s now working toward becoming a physical occupational therapist.

Visit their Facebook page here to follow news about continual life saving news.

National Wear Red® Day 2017

go-red-for-women-logoSupport Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 3, 2017 and donating to help fund research during American Health Month. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is proud to supporting this important cause that encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease.

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, 2017, will mark 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. Look back on all that has been accomplished, the American Heart Association has made great strides including:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

 

Go Red HeartWe couldn’t make positive changes without the support and donations by individuals like you. 

Visit your office administrator to make a small donation of $5, or any amount is appreciated. With your contribution we will hang a heart displaying name to share the generosity and hope for saving lives.

 

Read the full article here and follow American Heart Association Go Red For Women on their social media outlets.

 

2016 Annual Bear Hunt

The Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Annual Bear Hunt wrapped up for 2016 with a total of over 4,200 stuffed animals and teddy bears. Jené Rand, REALTOR® and coordinator for this annual event shared some heartwarming stats last week.

While we did not beat last year’s numbers, there are many children who benefited from this charitable cause. It all started at the company’s 2016 Chili Cook-Off. All attendees bring either a stuffed animal or $2 to contribute towards the upcoming years’ Annual Bear Hunt. In addition, there is a silent auction, games, prizes and of course, delicious chili to be tasted. The proceeds from the 2016 Chili Cook-Off totaled more than $6,000!

In the featured image, pictured are our Kerrville Sales Agents with their donation of over 100 stuffed animals going towards the Hill Country Community Needs Council. Cynthia Loving, Vice President of Residential Sales says, “If it wasn’t for faithful supporters wonderful causes like this wouldn’t exist. Thank you to all of those who helped make the difference in these children’s lives.”

With those funds 1,151 new stuffed bears were purchased. The majority of new stuffed animals go directly to the Children’s Hospital. Contributions go to a wide variety of organizations that include the following:
San Antonio Area: Boysville, Any Baby Can, Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Houses, Youth Alternatives, Bexar County Child Protective Services, SAMM’s Shelter, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Blue Santa’s, Forgotten Child, Medina Children’s Home, Kingdom Resources, Universal City Fire and Police Departments.
New Braunfels Area: Brown Santa in Hayes County, Be Nice Express, and Angel Ministries.
Fredericksburg Area: Hill Country Community Needs Council.
Boerne Area: The Kendall County Family Services, The Hill Country Daily Bread, Families Especial,  Kendall County Sheriff Department and Boerne Police ” Blue Santa’s”

Aside from donations, both monetary and plush, many staff members help organize and promote our Annual Bear Hunt. Thank you to all that helped count, bag and deliver the thousands of stuffed bears and other toy animals.

If you would like to contribute, we collect all year-round. The donations are stored at their respective offices until the following December when they’re delivered to brighten the holidays of children.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Have a story you would like to share? Email us at PR@CBHarper.com

Comal Habitat for Humanity Holiday Fundraiser 2016

15401036_10210812653809916_4029133205936043804_nThe Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels office hosted an open house fundraiser directly benefiting the Comal Habitat for Humanity. Julie Gezella, VP of Residential Sales for the New Braunfels office, along with the entire team of local Sales Agents helped support this annual cause in a big way. The theme for this years’ Holiday party was “This is Where Awesomeness Happens.”

Nearly a dozen doors were decorated by children from the Lone Star Elementary and iCento schools for this open house event (5 have been sold so far). In addition to a many silent auction items, these beautiful doors were auctioned off with all proceeds going directly to the Comal County Habitat for Humanity. It’s a win for the children as well, with the winning classrooms receiving cash to spend for supplies.

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Homemade food, refreshments and conversation were thoroughly enjoyed while guests admired the artistic doors and auction items. A welcome visit from Santa surprised the children, and not just any Santa – THE Santa.

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In this season and all seasons Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is proud to support Habitat in building homes with deserving families in Comal County. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people from everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating homes so that there are decent houses in decent communities. Lending a hand up, not a hand out. 

 

“We must view shelter as the foundation for improving access to nutrition, education, employment and health care. We must view it as a vehicle for lasting transformation for families and communities alike.”

– Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International

DID YOU KNOW?

• Habitat for Humanity SELLS the homes to their families – the homes are NOT free.
• The homes are financed through a long-term, no-interest loan.
• Habitat families help build their homes, with help from Habitat volunteers.
• Habitat families must complete 350 hours of “Sweat Equity” before they can move into their homes.

Visit their  “Becoming A Homebuyer” page to learn more:
www.comalhabitat.org/home-ownership/becoming-homebuyer/


Interested in finding out how we can help you get involved? Would you like to make a tax deductible location?
Contact Julie Gezella: jgezella@cbharper.com

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Bear Hunt 2016 – CBHarper Stuffed Animal Donation Drive

775_4506310December 2016 — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is continuing its annual tradition of collecting new and pre-loved bears or other stuffed animals. These plush donations go to children in need and help make a child’s holiday a little brighter. Our goal this year is to collect 8,000 stuffed animals for our Bear Hunt.

Since 1990, during the holiday season, we collect thousands of stuffed animals and distributes them to many different organizations. We truly enjoy giving back to our community and making wishes come true.

Here is a list of organizations in San Antonio, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and other surrounding Hill Country areas, that directly benefit from these efforts:

• Boysville
• Any Baby Can
• The Children’s Hospital
• Ronald McDonal House
• Roy Maas Youth Alternatives
• Bexar County Child Protective Services
• SAMM’s Shelter
• Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
• Blue Santa’s of San Antonio and Boerne
• Forgotten Child
• Medina Children’s Home
• Kingdom Resources
• Universal City Fire and Police Departments
• Northern Hills United Methodist Church food pantry
• The Humane Society
• CASA
• Hill Country Youth Ranch
• K-Star
• Be Nice Express
• Angel Ministries
• The Kendall County Family Services
• The Hill Country Daily Bread
• Families Especial
• Kendall County Sheriff Department
• The Hill Country Community Needs Council

Wondering when the deadline is? Well, we collect throughout the year in anticipation of the next years. Turn in your donations by December 16th, 2016 to ensure they’re distributed with this years’ deliveries.

Drop off your stuffed animal donations at any of the following locations:

Bandera Sales Office
903 Main Street, Bandera, TX 78003
Phone: (830) 460-7200

Boerne Sales Office
1677 River Road, Boerne, TX 78006
Phone: (830) 816-7200

Kerrville Sales Office
1712 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: (830) 896-5500

New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: (830) 608-5400

North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office
18756 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 483-7070

North East Sales Office
902 Coronado Blvd., Universal City, TX 78148
Phone: (210) 483-6200

North West Sales Office
7523 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: (210) 483-6400

If you have a large donation, we can arrange for pick-up. Email us at PR@CBHarper.com

For more information about Bear Hunt and the Charities we support here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® visit us at:
cbharper.com/about-us/coldwell-banker-dann-harper-gives

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