Chicago Real Estate Firm Honored for its Spirited Work for Youths

November 12, 2010

I love to see Chicago real estate professionals give back to the community.

Coldwell Banker is receiving the 2010 “Spirit of Youth” award today for its work in keeping America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

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The real estate firm has worked to raise money and awareness about the runaway issue in this country through its Charitable Foundation, which was created to raise funds for housing-related causes in the community.

The firm has donated more than $30,000 since 2005 to this cause.

The award will be presented by the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) at the annual Spirit of Youth benefit at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago today, where attendees will get to tour the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart’s DreamHome.

“We are truly honored to be the recipient of this year’s ‘Spirit of Youth’ award,” said Fran Broude, President and COO of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Our Realtors have rallied behind National Runaway Switchboard for its admirable mission, and we are proud to be a strong advocate for them.”

NRS officials say one in five kids will runaway before the age of 18. It’s a scary world out there. It’s nice to know someone is trying to keep these runaways safe.

The group’s goal is to raise $100,000 in 2010. You can help, even if you aren’t attending the Mart bash, with a donation, or by bidding on a spectacular item in an online auction going on through November 30.

For more information on this cause, visit

Good job, Coldwell Banker!

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