HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Volunteering is not new to Ellen Mitchel, team leader of Prestige Properties Team and an agent with RE/MAX Advanced Realty in Hollywood. After all, she’s a licensed foster parent, is active with the Special Olympics in her area, and worked with the Department of Children and Family Services collecting and delivering holiday gifts for underprivileged families. But, it was a family vacation that truly was her “a-ha” moment.Read More »
STUART, Fla. — When Julia Sansevere, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Stuart, was 12 years old, she worked her first open house. “My mother was my first broker in Houston,” she laughs. “I was her little, unlicensed assistant, keeping an eye on the cookie platter.”Read More »
Photo caption: Finding, buying and fixing up dilapidated, vacant houses in the Orlando area is what these experts do best as part of the TV show, “Zombie House Flipping.” Shown from left: Keith Ori, Ashlee Casserly Greenberg, Peter Duke and Justin Stamper, plus Stamper’s chocolate Lab, Marley.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Realtors® Justin Stamper and Ashlee Casserly Greenberg are making a name for themselves by doing what they love – home rehabs.
MIAMI — Community is important to Mike and Christina Pappas, the father-daughter Realtor® duo with The Keyes Company in Miami. Along with a few Keyes employees, they went to extraordinary lengths to raise money and awareness for the Miami Youth for Christ charity initiative to help stop youth violence.Read More »
VENICE, Fla. — Donna Palm, broker-associate of RE/MAX Alliance Group in Venice, started her real estate career not because she loved selling homes, although she did enjoy the work. She chose a career in real estate because she needed to redesign her life, she says.Read More »
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Luke Murphy is now a sales associate with Southern Land Realty in Tallahassee, specializing in land and large acreages. But when he was 17 years old, he decided his future was in the Army, so he headed to boot camp as soon as he graduated from high school. It’s just something people in his family did.Read More »
MIAMI — Always looking for a new challenge, RE/MAX Advance Realty (RMA) broker/owner Anthony Askowitz was asking his family for suggestions one day. On a whim, his brother-in-law’s girlfriend mentioned climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. “Within minutes, I went online and booked the adventure,” Askowitz recalled.
The grueling six-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro took him across the globe and almost 20,000 feet above sea level. The successful ascent not only marked a personal goal for Askowitz but a charitable one as well. The local real estate leader invited friends and family to support a fundraising effort on behalf of Miami Children’s Health Foundation (which benefits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital) that has raised nearly $2,000 to date.
“I have been blessed with good health and opportunity, making this climb through challenging terrain and wavering temperatures possible,” said Askowitz. “Many children in our community are not so fortunate, and their courage inspired me to not only raise these funds but to keep climbing even when things got difficult on the journey.”
Supporting the community
RMA is a longtime supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, whose local beneficiary is Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
“Anthony has been a longtime friend and supporter of the CMN Hospitals Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital,” said Maria Moldes, senior director of programs and community relations for Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “Anthony’s passion for helping children in our community goes beyond leading the largest RE/MAX office in our community. Anthony always keeps CMN Hospitals top of mind with his creative fundraising efforts, including his annual online auction, his cufflinks sales, his yearly involvement with our MCHF5K walk, and his latest adventure, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Anthony, thank you for making miracles happen for over 20 years!”
Preparing for such a climb was as big a challenge as the climb itself. Askowitz climbed Machu Picchu in Peru and did the Lost City trek in Colombia before tackling Mount Kilimanjaro.
“To say climbed would be a bit of a stretch in each case; these are more like very strenuous hikes!” he said. “To do this, I had to take a hard look at my level of physical fitness. Although I play quite a bit of tennis and am in relatively good shape, I also turned 50 this year and realized I needed to add some muscle and lose a few pounds.”
So, he hit the gym, adjusted his diet, and made sure he got plenty of sleep.
“After a typical day on the journey, which usually consisted of a nine-hour trek carrying a 15-pound backpack, I was very grateful for the additional training I had put my body through,” said Askowitz.
Askowitz is already on to his next challenge: “I want to visit the Amazon and live purely off the land for one week. Then, [I want to] live on a deserted island – Survivor-style (like the TV show). Finally, I would love an extended visit to Costa Rica, or another Spanish-speaking country and immerse myself so I can become fully fluent in Spanish.”
Whatever comes next, he’ll continue to support his community. In addition to his support of the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, he also does his part to help the homeless in the Miami area.
“I know it’s not much, but I carry around peanut bars and crackers to give to the homeless when I see them at intersections,” Askowitz said. “It’s an easy and personal way to help.”
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The Wurzels, Anne-Marie, Robert and Reagan, enjoying family time together.
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Realtor® Anne-Marie Wurzel is a fighter. Like most moms, the sales associate with Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Winter Springs wants to make sure her daughter gets every opportunity to thrive. That’s because 3-year-old Reagan was diagnosed at birth with glutaric acidemia type 1, a rare, inherited metabolic disorder.
Katerina Brosda and several volunteers show some of the PJs donated for the Pajama Program.
MIAMI – In 2008, Katerina Brosda, a broker with Brosda and Bentley Realtors in Miami, was asked by a friend to donate some pajamas and new books to children in need. Not only did she donate, but she also organized drives at her children’s schools.Read More »