Portland, OR. Windermere Stellar‘s annual kickoff included presentation of a $50,000 check from the Windermere Foundation to Bridge Meadows, a nonprofit that develops and sustains intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of youth who were formerly in foster care. This is in addition to the $100,000 donation that was presented to the group last year to help fund its Beaverton, Ore. location. This effort is a continuation of Windermere Stellar‘s commitment to community. 

The kickoff event at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland also featured a bevy of informative presentations and charitable initiatives, all geared towards brokers and staff in Windermere Stellar’s eleven offices throughout the Portland metro area, the north Oregon coast and southwest Washington.

The Windermere Foundation raised more than $360,000 for local low-income children and families in 2016. Rise to the Challenge — a year-long competition between each Windermere Stellar office to raise money for the Windermere Foundation — contributed to this. The winners of the competition were recognized at the event, with Windermere Stellar’s northeast office taking the prize, having raised over $55,500 over the course of the year.

“By bringing charity to the forefront of the event, we are keeping the fundraising momentum high and starting the new year on a giving note,” said Joan Allen at the March 2nd event, Windermere Stellar Co-Owner and Windermere Foundation Co-Chair. 

Three pieces of artwork were then auctioned off to benefit the Windermere Foundation. The art had been created during a multi-stage process by posing the question “what does home mean to you?” with each painting reflecting the variety of responses from Windermere Stellar brokers and staff. In total, the three paintings raised $3,225 at the event, benefitting the Windermere Foundation.

The kickoff event was rounded off by a group of agents providing tips and inspiration via TED talk style presentations. Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, closed the day by sharing his 2017 economic forecast, which identified key trends in Oregon and southwest Washington’s real estate market.   

Windermere Stellar:

Windermere Stellar has offices in Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego and the north Oregon Coast. The company’s full-time real estate experts have the local knowledge, collaborative network and dedication to successfully guide buyers and sellers through complex real estate transactions. Brokers donate a portion of their commission from every transaction to the Windermere Foundation, which supports low-income children and families. To date, over $3.25 million has been donated to 164 local organizations.

Localized real estate information can be found at: windermereportland.com (Portland metro), windermereoregoncoast.com (north Oregon coast) and windermerevancouver.com (Vancouver).