Category Archives: Community Outreach
For the fifth straight year, The ALS Association presented their CEO Soak in Pittsburgh’s PPG Fountain at Market Square. This “dressed up” version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge encourages corporate leaders to get soaked with the ice-cold water of PPG’s fountain while raising money to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the ALS Association.
Colliers Pittsburgh’s very own Gregg Broujos has represented our office several times over the five years that this event has taken place.
“I have participated in three ALS CEO Soak events over the years, and I am amazed at the success in five years in terms of fundraising and participation,” stated Broujos.
Event fundraising and participation continue to rise each year. As of August 31st, the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the ALS Association has raised over $240,000 from the CEO Soak and surrounding fundraising, surpassing their goal of $230,000.
“It’s a testimony to the Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate Industry to witness, not only the participation but the net result in dollars raised,” said Colliers Pittsburgh Market Leader, John Bilyak. “We are particularly proud of Gregg and his willingness to take one for the Colliers team and very much look forward to his participation again next year.”
The generous donations make it possible for the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter to provide free services to individuals living with ALS such as: healthcare consultations, educational programs, medical equipment loans, assistive technology loans, transportation, and financial support.
Broujos also has a personal connection to ALS and chooses to participate in the event to pay tribute to a former Commercial Real Estate industry colleague.
“Certainly, there are many worthy causes to support, but ALS is such an awful disease that Colliers wanted to do their part to help those families impacted by ALS, and to honor a CRE colleague, Joe Fryz, who passed away a few years ago from ALS complications, Broujos said.”
Colliers Pittsburgh and Broujos would like to thank those that donated to the fundraiser this year.
“We will continue to support this incredible organization here in Pittsburgh. And we would like to thank everyone who contributed financially this year, and every year.”
For more information or to donate to The ALS Association, please click here.
Every summer, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society holds their MS 150 Bike Ride which is the largest fundraising bike series in the world. According to the National MS Society website, nearly 75,000 cyclists and more than 6,000 teams ride together each year to raise money towards a cure for MS.
For the sixteenth straight year, Colliers International Pittsburgh Regional Principal, Gregg Broujos, participated in the 150 mile bike ride.
For the first time in the event’s history, the ride was virtual this year and gave riders the freedom to choose a trail of their liking. Broujos chose the Great Allegheny Passage from Cumberland, Maryland to Downtown Pittsburgh.
Colliers International Pittsburgh was able to raise just under $20,000 this year and Broujos has raised over $250,000 throughout his sixteen years of participation.
“The support that my family and the Colliers family has received over the years for this event is incredible,” said Broujos, “we cannot thank everyone enough.”
For more information about the MS 150 Bike Ride or to donate, please click here.
Above left to right: Paul Horan, Edward Lawrence
On Monday, February 17th, Colliers International | Pittsburgh participated in the quarterly meeting of Pittsburgh Robotics Network in the current offices of Hebi Robotics, the Chocolate Factory in Lawrenceville.
Paul Horan and Edward Lawrence of the Colliers Pittsburgh Office Brokerage Team delivered a comparative overview of the office markets in Pittsburgh, Boston and Silicon Valley. The presentation also included non-real estate factors such as cost of living, crime rate and education, information that was provided by Patty Horvatich and the research team of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.
The event was well attended and marks one of the first such events for the relatively newly formed, Pittsburgh Robotics Network.
“The intellectual and creative firepower in the room was remarkable. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are two areas that are fueling the Pittsburgh economy, stated Lawrence, “The comparative information that we presented demonstrated to the group of attendees that Pittsburgh is well positioned to foster their growth, particularly in areas such as rental and housing costs.”
For more information about the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, please click here.
To kick off the holiday season, Colliers International | Pittsburgh collected non-perishable food and other household items for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
“One of Colliers International’s core values is community,” said Operations Manager, Lisa Mikolay, “and the members of our Pittsburgh team have done a fantastic job every time they have been asked to participate in community outreach.”
To make this food drive more interesting, the office was divided into two teams to see which team could collect more items. Bragging rights and pizza were on the line.
After two weeks of “friendly” competition, the collection period came to a close on Wednesday, November 20th. The office was able to collect almost 500 non-perishable goods that, according to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, weighed 235 pounds in total.
“It is a humbling experience to be able to help our Pittsburgh neighbors and it is a time to reflect and be very thankful for all that we have,” stated Mikolay, who contributed almost 200 non-perishable food items to this year’s food drive, “I am looking forward to more community outreach in the upcoming year.”
For more information on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank including drop off locations, click here.