Business Development Gives Back

The holiday season is primetime for networking, and in business development I am given a lot of opportunities to do so. Each year I find myself attending the traditional holiday galas and get togethers- however this year a new tradition was born. This year instead of meeting over lunch or dinner, a group of peers in the real estate industry decided to spend a night together giving back. We teamed up with United Way to throw a holiday celebration for the families at The Saint Ambrose Shelter. The Saint Ambrose Family Inn is a shelter for families in need. They provide advocacy, counseling, meals, and clothing to 12 local families.

After decorating the shelter with holiday cheer and building gingerbread houses for each family, we brought in the kids to get the party started. Together we shared dinner and created holiday crafts. Craft stations included decorating gingerbread houses, creating cottonball snowmen, creating snowflakes as well as paint sample ornaments.

The night concluded with presents and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each volunteer signed up to sponsor a family by providing wrapped educational presents from Santa. The children were thrilled by their surprise celebration, and the volunteers left feeling good about a night well spent.

The holidays can be a tough time for the less fortunate; however, they can also be a time of great giving. For me they are a time to remember and appreciate everything I’ve built- especially the relationships I’ve been able to create in the past six years in this industry. I feel very fortunate that my role in business development provides me opportunities such as these to not only network, but also do some good for the community. This was a great opportunity to help spread some joy and celebrate this holiday season with these families as well as with my peers!

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