Crye-Leike Brentwood East to Hold 5K Run Benefiting United Way

Nashville, Tenn. – Walkers and runners are invited to dash their way into the Halloween season with Crye-Leike’s 5K Monster Mash Dash for United Way, a 5K run through scenic Maryland Farms on Saturday, October 25, 2003.

This charity event, organized by Crye-Leike, Realtors’ Brentwood East office, is sponsored by Mastercare by Firestone.

The race will begin and end at Crye-Leike’s Brentwood East office, located at 5055 Maryland Way.

Crye-Leike organizers say their race will become an annual event.  “Up to 1,000 runners who are accustomed to participating in The Tennessean’s annual 5K Boo Bash may be disappointed to hear that it has been cancelled,” says Jeff Haupt, Crye-Leike sales associate and race chairman.  “But not to worry; our charity run will be a refreshing change of scenery during this same time of year.”

“Our office has done a substantial amount of work for United Way in the past, but we felt we should do more,” says Haupt. “Our Crye-Leike office wanted to do something that would involve the community as well as our whole office and chose a 5K run.  It was coincidental that we learned The Tennessean was canceling its annual 5K Boo Bash run.  We saw the window of opportunity, and just ran with it.”

A pre-race warm-up is planned, conducted by Franklin Jazzercise instructor Linda Cash, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  The 5K Monster Mash Dash for United Way will begin at 8 a.m. Participants will receive a free T-shirt.

Race organizers credit its major sponsors, title sponsor Mastercare by Firestone, along with platinum sponsor 1st Trust Bank for Savings – Mortgage Division, for making possible the race and festivities which will immediately follow the race. Activities include an awards ceremony, prizes, food, face painting and treats for the children as well as live entertainment.  Emcees for the event are Katie and Carp, “Morning Show” personalities from Nashville Live 95 WSM Radio.  Matt Caldwell, Shannon Clemmons, and the Hitless Gonnabees Band are slated to provide the entertainment.  Four round-trip tickets will be given away courtesy of Corporate Airlines.  Beaman Lincoln Mercury is providing the pace car.

“It doesn’t matter if you run, walk, creep or crawl your way through our 5K run for United Way,” says Pam Teller, managing broker for Crye-Leike’s Brentwood East office.  “You can even add a little humor to your step by dressing in your favorite Halloween attire!”

Since becoming a partner with United Way in 1995, Crye-Leike, its sales associates and corporate staff company wide have contributed in excess of $194,000 toward supporting United Way agencies in their communities.  This race is part of Crye-Leike’s company wide United Way campaign initiative.

“Our company’s partnership with United Way is a perfect philanthropic fit for us.  By giving to United Way, Crye-Leike is investing in the communities we serve,” said Joyce Friedman, public relations director of Crye-Leike, Realtors.

To register for United Way’s 5K run, call Crye-Leike’s Brentwood East office at 615/373-3513 or register online at www.active.com.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving the Southern Region of the United States.  Crye-Leike’s Brentwood East office is one of 20 Crye-Leike branch and franchise offices located in the Middle Tennessee region.

United Way is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to meeting the critical health and human service needs in the community.  United Way focuses its efforts on: building a positive future for youth; caring for children and families in crisis; strengthening families; helping children with disabilities; assisting adults with disabilities; enhancing senior lifestyles; improving literacy, education and training; providing emergency and disaster relief; strengthening the non-profit community and providing information, referral and volunteer services.