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Conversations with Friends of Optimists

January 12th, 2017 — Debbie McNeal, the President of the Hill Country Optimist Club in Boerne brought us some exciting news this morning.

On Thursday, January 19th 2017 the Hill Country Optimist Club with be hosting an event called Conversation with Friends of Optimists with featured speaker, D’Ann Harper.

Located at the Burdick Community Center, the 1st Semi-Annual “Conversations with Friends of Optimists,” is welcoming all guests. D’Ann Harper, owner and CEO of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® will speak about how we can positively affect the lives of local children. Harper serves on the Board of Directors for Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) and is passionate about serving in the Hill Country and San Antonio communities.

The Meadowland Charter School in Boerne is part of RMYA. They provide a safe, structured and consistent environment, including a seamless connection to a therapeutic component. It is their goal for all students to benefit from the structured setting so they can be successful both academically and socially.

The Hill Country Optimist Club (HCOC) works very closely with Meadowland and RMYA. The HCOC was recently awarded the Childrens’ Champion Award by RMYA for their contribution toward betterment of local youth.

Please join us and the members of the HCOC to find out how RMYA, Meadowland Charter School and the HCOC work together to affect positive changes in the lives of local children.

RSVP via Facebook here:
www.facebook.com/events/1826010291004455/

WHERE: Burdick Community Center
121 Old San Antonio Rd., Boerne TX 78006

WHEN: Thursday, January 19th at 6:00pm

There will be wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres served.
Door prizes will be awarded to attendees.

Questions or the request for additional information can be submitted to Debbie McNeal, Hill Country Optimist Club President, at (210) 269-6929

See y’all there!

 

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

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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Spread The Warmth: Coats, Blankets and Space Heater Drive

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-10-48-22-amIt is that time of year again. It is almost Thanksgiving and time to think of giving back to those in need.

The Hill Country daily Bread Ministries has 250 families they are serving this year. They are in need of coats, blankets and space heaters for these families. Debbie McNeal has set up a YouCaring.com account for those wishing to contribute donations with a credit card.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® will take the proceeds and purchase as many coats, blankets and heaters as we can. Those items will then be delivered along with any other items received to Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries on Friday December 9th, 2016.

If you have any questions please contact Debbie McNeal at (210) 269-6929 or Jennifer Nichols at (830) 816-7202.

Please visit and share the link below:
https://www.youcaring.com/hillcountrydailybreadministries-692964

 

CBHarper’s Holiday Blood Drive

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® will be hosting it’s Holiday Blood Drive on Thursday, December 1st, 9:15am – 12:15pm in the Stone Oak parking area. Our goal is to collect 14 pints of blood.

You can sign-up online with this link:
https://www.donatingforlife.org/index.cfm?group=op&step=2&opid=84293&opidh=B6F756ED810601C45FF75710EB3BD461&idt=42676.2394097

Ot stop by and sign up with Mika Connor on the first floor and Heather Bellamy on our third floor at the Stone Oak office.

All presenting donors will receive:

1.) A safe and secure donation experience.
2.) Skilled care from their staff.
3.) A wellness checkup and a South Texas Blood & Tissue Center tumbler.
4.) Access to convenient online scheduling.

Every Day, Every Season – You matter. Please sign up to give, someone needs your help.

A special thank you to Denise Barnhill, who works tirelessly to help organize this event!

Ian & Joe’s Benefit – Plate Sale and Raffle

July 30th 2016 — We see the words “plate sale” or “raffle” and different images are conjured in one’s mind. Often times it is easy to pass up this very easy opportunity to help another simply because we hear it so often. Maybe in the rush of everyday life we simply feel as though stopping by the ATM isn’t as tempting as heading straight home to relax after a long day at the office.

We are writing this article to reach out to our CBHarper Community and readers. When we wake up each day, thankful for all that we have, the unfortunate is never expected. Two gentleman went to work on a day just like any other. Rather than just another day at the office, these two family men were scalded in a hot water accident. With respect to their families we are withholding further details. One of the men however is the son of our CBHarper family member Judy Hambrick.

When we heard that a group of friends and families were gathering together to raise money in their time of need, gladly we wanted to spread the word. Here is how you can help:

JOIN the Hambrick and Bauer families!
Saturday, July 30th 2016
11:00am – 5:00pm at
Bracken Saloon
18400 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX 78266

PURCHASE TICKETS, RAFFLE TICKET SALE:
$20.00 Raffle tickets are being sold or as a bundle 6 tickets for $100
Raffle items include:
Exotic Hunt (Scimitar Horned Oryx)
3 nights / 4 days trip to Port Aransas
3 nights / 4 days at Rockport
Beretta A300 Outlander 12-gauge shotgun
Taurus PT 92 AF 9mm Pistol
Framed Knife Set
Pelican 65qt cooler
Pelican 45qt cooler
Yeti 35qt cooler with 2 koozies
Set of Adirondack chairs
2-RTIC 30oz cups with monogram
12-Boss 30oz custom painted cups
$100 Visa Gift Card
$100 Academy Gift Card
3, $100 HEB Gift Cards
2, $50 Tattoo Gift Certificates
2-Corn Hole Games
Decorative Wood Star
Decorative Wood Flag
Custom Burn Ring
Michelob Ultra Golf Bag
Beer Signs
Table Umbrella

There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the event with tickets being sold in person for just $1 each.

PURCHASE A PLATE OF DELICIOUS BARBECUE FOR $8:
Plates include brisket, sausage, beans and potato salad.

Need not be present to win (for the main raffle ONLY), winners will be notified by phone. If you have questions contact:

Ticket Sales: Scott Platt, (210) 355-5932
OR

Judy Hambrick, (210) 483-6354
Judy@cbharper.com

FVPS Donation Drive For Women & Children

In this year’s “Changing Lives, Donation Drive” we, at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, strive to continue our efforts in giving back to the community. This year-long opportunity to give back is designed to allow an open door for those who would like to get involved. Semi-annually (July and February) we will have scheduled pick-ups through Family Violence Prevention Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 12.01.15 PMServices to donate the most urgently needed items.

Family Violence Prevention Services has operated since 1977. Their mission is to break the cycle of violence and to strengthen families by providing the necessary tools for self-sufficiency through delivery of emergency shelter, transitional housing, education, effective parenting education, and specialized intervention with youth and the elderly. They serve more than 8,000 adults and children each year. 

“Families are our society’s most basic and important unit. All things impacting our society have their genesis in the family. FVPS has the incredible and rewarding responsibility to serve families and coordinate with our community to deliver services that mend the body, restore the spirit, and help each person recognize their worth. Reaching out to people of all ages and backgrounds, educating our community about domestic violence, and offering comprehensive programs that support long-term change is what we do. Our work with children is some of the most critical, as it is with them that the best chance exists to reduce domestic violence for generations to come.”

FVPS Team CBHarper

We are just getting started and we encourage anyone who would like to give back to contact us at PR@cbharper.com.

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CBHarper’s ‘Luck O’ The Irish’ Blood Drive 2016

firstMarch 10th — The Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Holiday Blood Drive was held on Thursday from 9:45am – 12:15pm in the Stone Oak Office parking lot.  In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, green and gold beads were handed out along, with sweet green treats. All of the donors received a T-Shirt as well designed with its uniquely wonderful message of giving, ”Be The Type.” We exceeded our expectations and had a record 19 people sign up plus folks who “dropped-in”. Our goal was 11 pints of blood and we collected 14 pints! 

The buses that visit us are small and the wonderful team from The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center work hard. 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

This marks our 16th year participating in semi-annual blood drives for South Texas Blood & Tissue Center and we hope to continue for many years to come.

 

320_4894046Here are some donor FAQs courtesy of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center:

How do I benefit from making a donation?

Answer: You receive a mini-physical (pulse, temperature and iron check) and the satisfaction that come from saving lives.

Are the health history questions necessary every time?

Answer: The FDA requires that all blood centers ask about your medical history every time you donate to ensure the safety of the blood supply. You have to wait a certain amount of time between donations. A lot can happen in that time. The questions serve as a layer of protection for patients who receive blood.

How long does donated blood last?

Answer: Refrigerated red blood cells can be stored for up to 42 days. Plasma is frozen and stored for up to one year. Platelets can be stored for only five days.

How will I feel afterwards?

Answer: After resting for five to ten minutes and enjoying refreshments to replenish your fluids, you should feel just fine and ready to continue your daily activities. You should refrain from heavy lifting or extreme physical exertion for 24 hours and you’ll feel great knowing you have helped save three lives.

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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

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CBHarper Holiday Blood Drive 2015

December 10th — The Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Holiday Blood Drive was held on Thursday from 9:45am – 12:15pm in the Stone Oak Office parking lot.  All of the donors received a T-Shirt designed with its, as always, uniquely wonderful message of giving, ” You care. You give. You share. You Matter.” We exceeded our GOAL of 11 pints by 3 and collected 14 pints of blood. This marks our 5th year participating in semi-annual blood drives for South Texas Blood & Tissue Center and we hope to continue for many years to come.

Enjoy iron-rich foods. Well-balanced diet with plenty of iron-rich foods helps maintain a healthy hematocrit level and ensure donors are eligible to give blood.

• LEGUMES, NUTS & SEEDS: Lentils, Kidney Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Soy Beans, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds and Hazelnuts.

• MEAT & FISH: Lean Red Meat, Clams, Shrimp and Pork

• FRUIT: Watermelon, Peaches, Apricots, Dried Dates or Prunes

• BREAD & GRAIN: Fortified Cereals, Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Whole Grains and Gingerbread.

• VEGETABLES: Baked Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Chard, Asparagus, Artichokes and Beets or Beet Greens.

Blood Donation Quick Facts:

• Blood makes up about seven percent (7%) of your body weight.

• 10-12 pints is the average amount of blood in an adult

• Platelet donors can donate every 7 days

• Blood donation takes on average 10-15 minutes

• Type O is the most requested type by hospitals; 45% of Americans have Type O, while just 7% have Type O- (the latter is a universal donor)


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By donating blood you’re saving lives – you matter. Just 1 pint per donor means saving 3 lives. Thank you again to everyone who donated by giving someone the gift of life!

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

Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®, M.P.A., ABR, ALHS, CRS, CHMS, E-Pro, SFR, SRES, SRS, TAHS

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

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

 

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

www.southtexasblood.org

 

Opening Doors & Giving Back

IMG_3805Wednesday, December 2nd — New Braunfel’s Herald Zeitung published a front page article featuring our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Office. The students at New Braunfels Lone Star Elementary put their imaginations to use, spotlighting a cause our New Braunfels office is actively involved in – Comal County Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

Lone Star elementary teamed up with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Office for the program – a holistic approach that expands Habitat for Humanity’s traditional partnership with new homeowners and volunteers, including neighbors for a Unknownbroader impact.

Recently Habitat worked with various community leaders to determine what part they would like to play in the project. After talking with Lone Star Elementary, the staff members decided to help by holding a themed door decorating contest at the school – “Opening Doors of Opportunity.” At least one door was decorated by every grade and will be displayed at the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfel’s Office located at 532 S. Seguin Avenue.

Unknown-5In the article published by the Herald Zeitung, executive director of Comal County Habitat for Humanity Nathan Weir said, “The kids had a great time and did a wonderful job of capturing the theme by incorporating many of the key Habitat concepts in their projects.” He continued by adding, “Now that the doors are complete, they will be put on display at the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Offices from Dec. 8 through the 14th, and be a part of the yearly silent auction benefiting Comal County Habitat for Humanity.”

Weir went on to say that the entire community is invited to stop by the office on 532 S. Seguin Avenue to view and vote for their favorite door or other auction items. Anyone who stops by on Dec. 8th between 4-6 p.m. for the office’s appreciation event will be treated to special holiday beverages and food.

After all of the votes are in and counted, the D’Ann Harper office will present the winning classrooms that decorated with a prize. “Our hope was to get that word out about our program, and also show off the kids’ skills,” Weir said. “We just did this project with one school this year, but we love to open this up to many schools and make it bigger. Our whole intent though was to make the Neighborhood Revitalization Program known, and get the kids and parents to ask questions.”

Unknown-2Madeline Hezel, a fifth grader at Lone Star Elementary, said her favorite part of the project was working on the door together as a class. “The theme of our door was to not lose hope, ” Hezel said. “I liked the way everyone showed their creativity, and made each of their doors special. Every door holds a different destiny.”

For more information about the Comal County Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Revitalization Program, visit www.comalhabitat.org or stop by the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Office:

 

1Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels

532 S. Seguin Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Phone: (830) 608-5400

Fax: (830) 608-5480

 

Julie GezellaJulie Gezella,

Vice President of Residential Sales, New Braunfels Office