Is there a better way to spend your lunch than watching your Managing Director get soaked for a good cause? Definitely not!
Luckily for our office, we got to witness this last Thursday, August 2nd for the second year in a row as our Managing Director and Principal, Gregg Broujos, participated in the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s CEO Soak. Broujos, along with 20 other CEOs, Presidents and other upper-level managers, stood in the fountains at PPG for one minute.
“The ALS chapter in Pittsburgh does a fantastic job with this important fundraiser,” Broujos exclaimed. “It was a beautiful day and a huge crowd, which made it a brilliant event.”
While many of the participants volunteered last year for the inaugural event, there were also some new bodies that took the plunge.
“The return of several participants and the new volunteers just goes to show what big and giving hearts the people of Pittsburgh have and are willing to share,” notes Lisa Mikolay, Operations Manager for Colliers International | Pittsburgh. “However, the best part of my lunch break was watching Gregg get drenched in extremely cold water!”
Broujos raised over $1,500 towards direct care for individuals and families, national public policy efforts and research focused on finding treatments for ALS.
“As always, thank you to the many generous people who donated funds to help in the fight against ALS,” Broujos said.
To date, the event has raised over $49,000 towards their $60,000 goal. Donations will be accepted through August 15th. If you are interested in donating, please click here.
Gregg Broujos, Managing Director, David Thor, Principal and Justin Kline, Associate of Colliers International l Pittsburgh, participated in the 2015 Bike MS: Escape to the Lake, an annual fundraising event organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter. Along with over 1,000 other bike riders, Mr. Broujos, Mr. Thor and Mr. Kline pedaled 150 miles from Western Pennsylvania to Ohio over two days to help raise almost half a million dollars for the battle against multiple sclerosis.
This was the third year Colliers International l Pittsburgh participated in the ride, raising over $17,000 the previous year. For Gregg Broujos, this was his 13th time participating in the ride, supporting his wife and mother-in-law who have been affected by MS.
“The outstanding level of support that we received from the donors, the volunteers, and the communities through which we rode was truly inspiring,” remarked Mr. Thor on the ambiance of the race.
Colliers International | Pittsburgh participated in the ride as part of “The Big EL” team. The Big EL raised the second highest amount of donations totaling $34,481.
“It is through the ongoing and incredible support of riders like Mr. Broujos and companies like Colliers International l Pittsburgh, that help us support people living with MS in our local community,” said Anne Mageras, President of the PA Keystone Chapter. “I am always amazed at the number of riders that join us each year to pedal up the western Pennsylvania hills and to raise critical dollars to fund our local services and our research efforts. We can’t thank Mr. Broujos enough for his long-time commitment to the event and for his passion to put an end to MS, forever.”
The youngest members of the Colliers International | Pittsburgh team joined the office during Bring Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014 bringing with them smiles, laughs, and loads of personality. The eight fresh-faced children started out their day with a game of Pin the Leasing Sign on the Gulf Tower. The key was to place the leasing sign on the building where there was great visibility.
A few of the young brokers-in-training had the opportunity to shadow an actual tour where they learned about one of our properties and the aspects of giving a tour.
Possibly the most exciting activity of the day was the office scavenger hunt, which included a few surprise items such as bowling pins, dumbbells, and basketballs. Clearly, these are necessities in any successful brokerage firm.
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
As featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times article, Pittsburgh is one of the most generous cities in the United States, based on a new study provided by Convio. Pittsburgh ranks 14th on a list ranking charity donations in 2009 among 273 cities with populations of more than 100,000. The report ranks the cities based on per capita online giving and on the total amount donated online.
Pittsburghers gave $2.7 million, or an average of $63.45 each, in 2009, compared with $2.55 million, or $73.30 each, in 2008. Despite a drop in average gift size in most cities, more than $284 million was donated by the 273 major cities in 2009, up from nearly $240 million in 2008. The rankings are based on the more than $921 million in online donations processed by Convio on behalf of thousands of nonprofit organizations during the calendar year 2009.