MANALAPAN, Fla. – “If you don’t give these kids somewhere to go, the gangs will take them.” Spoken by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw at a Boys & Girls Club of America event, that statement resonated with Kathryn Gillespie, a Realtor with Illustrated Properties in Manalapan, Fla.
“It really saddened me because the children he was talking about are pretty wonderful,” she says. “That was the real hook for me to get involved with the Boys & Girls Club.”
Since then, Gillespie and numerous other Illustrated Properties Realtors have gotten involved with club events. She’s immediate past-chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Boca Raton (which she chaired for four years); has headed up organizational fundraisers in both Broward and Palm Beach counties; and either chaired or helped support fundraising events like Casino Night and Concours d’Elegance, the latter of which raised more than $10 million for the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.
In real estate for 29 years, Gillespie transitioned from commercial to residential about five years ago because she “loves bringing people to properties.”
Working with Illustrated Properties’ agents Pat Evans, Nicolette Goldfarb and Marley Goodman – all of whom chaired a recent fundraiser event, the Wellington Dinner Dance at the International Polo Club – Gillespie enjoys becoming a part of the fabric of her community. She says every personal connection she makes has a special meaning.
“As Realtors,” she says, “it’s just better when we all work together.”
Virginia M. Spencer, general manager of Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach County, says, “Our entire company does a lot for the organization, with specific agents taking on and participating in various causes that support the Boys & Girls Club.” Spencer served on one of the club’s grant committees that established its “Keyboards for Kids” group piano classes.
Through her charitable work, Gillespie says she’s learned just how giving the Boca Raton community is.
“This is where I live, where I go to church, and where my children attended school,” she says. “It’s a community that cares about everyone, and not just the top 1 percent.”