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Did You Hear? CREW Paints Queen City Pink

On Fridays, Our Look at the Lives of Real Estate Professionals Outside the Office
October 12, 2018

Courtesy of CREW Charlotte.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and what better way is there to remind women to get checked than to turn a city’s high-profile buildings pink?

That’s what Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Charlotte, a group that works to help women succeed in the industry, is doing this month with its Queen City in Pink campaign. CREW asked all Charlotte-area businesses and building owners to participate by adding pink to their properties in a variety of ways, and they’ve responded. The group expects more than 300 companies to join in this year, up from 221 in 2017.

Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosted the Bank of America Roval 400 late last month, painted its pit road wall pink for race weekend and will keep it pink throughout October. And the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Uptown, owned by Charlotte-based Sree Hotels LLC, became the first hotel to participate this year when it used its external LED lighting system to bathe the building in pink.

Other notable efforts to add pink to buildings and businesses include turning the water in the fountain at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown pink and painting a sea of pink ribbons across the windows of architecture firm Little’s offices near Interstate 77 and Tyvola Road.

“Using a very visible asset – real estate – our goal is to encourage women to get mammograms for early detection and show support for those affected by breast cancer,” said Mary Sullivan, co-chair of the campaign.

CREW’s Queen City in Pink campaign continues all month, and owners and landlords still can participate.

“One of our audacious goals is to ‘pink up’ the Charlotte skyline and to do that, we need more office buildings and hotels to jump on our pink bandwagon,” said Patty Drummond, CREW Charlotte’s executive director. “We would love to hear from property managers and building owners who can help make that happen.”

From left: The Fountain at Romare Bearden Park Uptown; Springhill Suites Charlotte Uptown; and Belk's Corporate HQ at 2801 W. Tyvola Rd.Images courtesy of James Willamor via Flickr and Colleen Brannan of Branstorm PR.

CBRE Cares Works to Build Pittsburgh, Heal Cincinnati

From left: Amy Broadhurst, Trevor Gant, Stephanie Lyon, Heather Finale and Patrick Sentner.

CBRE Cares, the global real estate services company’s corporate giving and volunteerism organization, recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh on a Build Day to create homes in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 29, several employees of CBRE Pittsburgh, including Executive Vice President Patrick Sentner and Project Manager Sunny Lezark, worked at two home sites, where they retiled a bathroom, prepared a roof for installation and helped seal and caulk the homes’ foundations.

In neighboring Ohio, CBRE Cincinnati has initiated a fundraising campaign “to support efforts to make Cincinnati a safer city” one month after a mass shooting at Fifth Third Bank’s headquarters left four dead, including the killer, and two injured.

CBRE Senior Project Manager Brian Sarver, who was at the building doing work for the bank, was shot during the rampage and survived. In a statement released last month, CBRE said Sarver was home and recuperating. “My immediate focus is getting well again,” Sarver said in the statement. “I look forward to getting back on my feet and returning to work as soon as practical.”

Rick Newcomer, an employee of Gilbane Building Co., a CBRE contractor, was killed in the shooting. Sarver, who said he worked closely with Newcomer for the past year, expressed “my heartfelt condolences” to his family. Contributions made to the CBRE fundraising campaign will go to Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.

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