Chicago Dream Home Raffle 2009-2010

October 21, 2009

chicagodreamhomeraffleSetting an example of how builders and home builders associations are helping individuals in need in their own communities and around the globe, the 2009-2010 Chicago Dream Home Raffle is raising money for three non-profit charitable organizations with strong ties to the housing industry.

In a series of early bird drawings and a final drawing on Feb. 11, at least 150 prizes are being awarded in the fund raising effort. The grand prize winner will work with Orren Pickell Designers & Builders to design and build their own $1.3 million dream house, or they can choose $1 million in cash.  Raffle tickets are currently available for purchase through the Chicago Dream Home Raffle website.

“As a Chicago area builder, we are proud to be the builder sponsor for the Chicago Dream Home Raffle,” said Orren Pickell Designers & Builders. “It is a privilege and responsibility to be part of transforming lives that have been ravaged by homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. We hope thousands of people will support the Dream Home Raffle effort.”

Why should you participate in this charity event?  See the following organizations that will benefit from your contributions:

* WINGS, which provides shelter and services to homeless and abused women and children in the Chicagoland area.

* HomeAid Chicago, one of 22 local chapters of HomeAid, Inc., whose mission is to provide housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. It is the official charity of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC).

* Homes for Hope, which partners with builders and trade contractors in home building projects. Profits from the sales of these homes support HOPE International, a micro-finance organization that seeks to permanently end poverty by providing struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries with small loans to build or start a business.

Michael Lennon, executive director of Homes for Hope, noted that even in today’s difficult times for the housing industry, the building community has continued to demonstrate its generosity through its support for HOPE International.  As of last year, Home for Hope had generated more than $10 million in revenue for HOPE International and engaged builders across 13 states. It has built 64 homes to date, involving 4,800 trade partners and having an impact on more than 100,000 lives.

A Homes for Hope representative can walk builders through the process, answering questions, providing guidance and helping to coordinate events and public relations efforts.  For more information on becoming involved in Homes for Hope, contact Michael Lennon at 714-812-9390.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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