Holiday Cheer in Memphis for Residents of Youth Villages

Memphis, Tenn. –  If you are on the mailing list to receive a holiday greeting card from one of Crye-Leike, Realtors’ sales associates or employees in the Greater Memphis area, chances are it won’t be your ordinary holiday greeting card.

Crye-Leike, Realtors, the largest real estate company in Tennessee and the Mid-South, is holding its 20th annual holiday card drive for Youth Villages, called Campaign for Children, in which sales associates and employees purchase holiday greeting cards in bulk from Youth Villages to send to their clients and friends. The inside inscription of the greeting card reads: “At this holiday season, a donation has been made in your honor to benefit Youth Villages, a private non-profit organization committed to helping children and families live successfully.”

“Monies collected will be used to purchase gifts for over 350 residents at Youth Villages in Memphis during the holidays as well as support Youth Villages’ mentoring program throughout the year,” said Sally Brown, Crye-Leike’s campaign coordinator. “We anticipate to raise around $25,000 this year as we have done in year’s past.”

Youth Villages (www.youthvillages.org) offers help and hope to more than 2,000 troubled children and their families each year through home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, residential treatment, community-based programs and prevention services. Today, more than 750 counselors, teachers and skilled support staff provide Youth Villages’ services from offices in 15 cities throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Texas.

Supporting Youth Villages is not new to Crye-Leike. For the past 20 years, Crye-Leike, Realtors in Memphis has held this annual holiday greeting card campaign, raising in excess of $255,000, reports Marler Stone, director of community relations for Youth Villages in Memphis.

All proceeds raised during Crye-Leike’s Campaign for Children are designated to go toward the Chris Crye Fund in memory of real estate broker Chris Crye, son of Crye-Leike co-founder Harold E. Crye, who experienced an untimely death as a result of a horseback riding accident in 1998.

Over 1,100 sales associates and 200 support staff at Crye-Leike’s 19 branch offices in the Greater Memphis area will be participating in this fund-raising effort. Crye-Leike’s Memphis Region includes offices in: Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee; Lee and DeSoto counties in Mississippi and Craighead and Crittendon counties in Arkansas. With Youth Villages now having a presence in Middle Tennessee, Crye-Leike of Nashville, Inc., additionally, will be raising monies for over 500 Youth Villages residents in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 25 years, 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 56 branch and franchise offices located in 25 counties throughout a five-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia. Crye-Leike attained sales of $2.9 billion and 20,406 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2000.

For information on purchasing holiday greeting cards in bulk to benefit Youth Villages, contact Sally Brown at 901/756-8900 or sallybrown@crye-leike.com.