Category Archives: Giving Back

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/

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.