September 08, 2011 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Top fundraisers from the ERA Real Estate network recently traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon on September 4th to present funds raised by the entire ERAÂ® franchise system. The $488,000 contribution represented the 2010 fundraising effort of the entire ERA Real Estate franchise network on behalf of MDA.
Led by Melissa Campbell, ERA Real Estate's Director of Public Relations and MDA Liaison, the ERA contingent included representatives from the top two fundraising companies in the ERA network for 2010: Cathi and Mike Williams from ERA Shields Real Estate in Colorado Springs, Colo., which was responsible for raising $38,849 - the most of any ERA company - and Jose and Alzira Castelo from ERA Jose S. Castelo Real Estate in New Bedford, Mass., whose team raised $35,249.
"Commitment to community and collaboration are defining core values of ERA Real Estate, both of which are expressed in our longstanding support of MDA and clearly personified by the efforts of ERA Shields Real Estate, ERA Jose Castelo Real Estate and the many other ERA companies that support this great cause," said Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Franchise Systems LLC. "Partnering with the people we serve to provide funding for research, recreation and most importantly, hope, creates a shared spirit of philanthropy that enriches many peoples' lives, including our own."
"Thanks to generous public support and the truly unrivaled year-round involvement of thousands of local, regional and national sponsors, MDA-funded research is making rapid progress toward treatments and cures," said Gerald C. Weinberg, MDA President and CEO. "Equally important, our 200 hospital-affiliated clinic network has already achieved significant quality of life and longevity gains for people living with progressive muscle diseases."
ERA Real Estate has been an MDA national sponsor for 34 years. During that time, the company and its franchise affiliates have raised over $30 million for the cause. The ERA network and customers have raised funds for MDA through art auctions, picnics, golf tournaments, bowl-a-thons, walk-a-thons and many other special events.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
ERA Real Estate is an innovative franchising leader in the residential real estate industry with nearly 40 years experience in developing consumer-oriented products and services. The ERAÂ® network includes approximately 30,000 brokers and sales associates and approximately 2,500 offices throughout the United States and 38 countries and territories. Each office is independently owned and operated. ERA Real Estate is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services. ERA Real Estate information is available at: ERA.com.