Realtor Philanthropy Helps Children and First Responders | Lifestyles
When Danielle Grier shows and sells properties for her real estate business, she always thinks of how to help children and first responders.
“I feel like because we live in a wonderful community that helps us… we are called to give back to the community,” she said.
Grier & Co. Greater Athens Georgia Homes donates to both Brightpaths and Kares 4 Kids nonprofits, in addition to sponsoring an annual “Run For Responders 5K and Kidzone” at Oconee Veterans Park.
Brightpaths, formerly known as Prevent Child Abuse Athens, is an organization that seeks to prevent child abuse by raising awareness and providing programs for parents as their children grow older. The association serves families in Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties.
Grier started defending this group after her friend Heath Yarbrough, owner of Normaltown Brewery, approached her a few months ago to organize a golf tournament to benefit the non-profit organization.
In order to make the tournament a reality, she, Yarbrough and Grier & Co. COO Amara Duckett teamed up with Brightpaths-Athens CEO Sallie Starrett, Butt Hutt owner Dillon Faulkner and Jason Garrett of Specialty Pest Control.
The small group partnered with Jennings Mill Country Club to help host the first annual Fore the Cause Classic on the golf course on Mother’s Day weekend. Heath Yarbrough, owner of Normaltown Brewing Company, came up with the idea for a charity golf tournament. Dillon Faulkner with Butt Hutt and Jay Garrett with Specialty Pest Control also helped.
One of the highlights of the event was the Calcutta betting format, where people had the opportunity to buy each team of golfers for win, lose and place bets. There was also a silent auction and Butt Hutt put on a concert. The golf teams participated in the tournament itself on Monday May 10th.
Grier said she was happy to promote a local nonprofit that people might not hear as much about. With a goal of $ 20,000, she, her friends and all of the event attendees helped raise $ 20,168.
Kares 4 Kids is a Georgia-based non-profit organization that collects teddy bears for sick or traumatized children. The organization is also helping to collect food and books for children in need.
Two years ago, Grier began partnering with Keller Williams-Athens realtors Bryan and Marci Fair to raise money for “Kare Bears”. Since then, they have collected teddy bears to donate to different organizations that interact with children, such as law enforcement.
Grier and Amara Duckett recently gave the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Watkinsville Police Department their own bears to give to the kids.
In April, Grier and the other agents donated more than 500 books to the Athens regional library system. Now, with additional funding for hyper-local efforts, she looks forward to donating Summer Books with Supporting Notes through a different organization.