Crye-Leike Organizes Biggest Distaster Relief Fund-Raiser in Clarksville
Clarksville, Tenn. – Just 10 days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, sales associates of Crye-Leike, Realtors’ Fort Campbell branch office organized a disaster relief car wash that community officials claim to be the biggest relief fund-raiser in Clarksville. The community rallied together washing over 700 cars and raising over $12,800 in donations for the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund in support of the relief and recovery mission.
Sales associates with Crye-Leike, Realtors were joined by numerous community and civic leaders and groups washing over 100 cars an hour for donations at three areas set up along Fort Campbell Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fund-raiser was held in the parking lot of Crye-Leike as well as in the neighboring parking lots of Am-South Bank and Grandpa’s Sporting Goods. Nearly 100 local businesses donated food, goods and services.
After the terrorist attacks, Crye-Leike sales associates in Ft. Campbell felt compelled to organize a fund-raiser to support the disaster relief since their office is located just four miles from the Fort Campbell Army base.
“Every Tuesday, Crye-Leike holds its weekly sales meeting. Our September 11th sales meeting was one we will never forget and one in which our sales associates immediately wanted to do something to support the relief efforts,” said Wendy Daly, a Crye-Leike sales associate in Ft. Campbell who spearheaded this fund-raiser, along with Mike McKeethen who also is a Crye-Leike sales associate in the same office. “The event snowballed into a major happening in Clarksville.”
The grounds were donned with donated American flags, balloons, fire trucks, city and county police cars and even a life flight helicopter which sold $5 chances to win a helicopter ride around the city.
“The community was so responsive and supportive of our event,” said Daly. “The cars were backed up on Fort Campbell Boulevard, but when motorists realized what the traffic jam was all about, they were putting $20 bills in the hands of police directing traffic.”
“It was more than just a car wash. It was an American event that brought this community together as one.”
Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company, is the nation’s 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. It has a network of over 2,200 sales associates and 54 branch and franchise offices located in 26 counties throughout a four-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Georgia. Crye-Leike attained sales of $2.9 billion and 20,406 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2000.