Crye-Leike’s Kay Rachunok Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

Nashville, Tenn. – Kay Rachunok of Crye-Leike, Realtors was awarded the 2004 Ron Holcomb Award for her dedication and service to the agency and children of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville, Tenn.

Rachunok, a resident of Clarksville, is a sales associate affiliated with Crye-Leike, Realtor’s Clarksville-Sango branch office, located at 2204 Madison Street. She serves the real estate and relocation needs of buyers and sellers in Montgomery County as well as in the surrounding counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Robertson and Stewart. Rachunok specializes in the sale of residential and commercial properties as well as in land and new home construction.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville is part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest and largest youth mentoring organization. Since 1904, adult volunteers have helped millions of children reach their full potential. Over 500 agencies in all 50 states match children with mentors who provide friendship, fun and learning.

Rachunok’s involvement with Big Brothers, Big Sisters began in 1998 when she was appointed to serve as a member of its board of directors. Her passion for the organization is shown in her attracting many other volunteers and board members to the organization, in her knowledge of the organization and in her stream of ideas for new ways to bring resources and revenue into the agency.

“There are 100 children on the waiting list in Montgomery County to receive a Big Brother or Big Sister match,” said Rachunok. “A lot of these children are of military men or women who are serving overseas. While the 18-month waiting list cuts off at 100 names, calls come in daily for children to be added to the list.”

“The cost for one juvenile in a detention center exceeds $50,000 in tax dollars per year and it only costs $1,000 in donated funds a year to match a child with a Big Brother or Sister,” she continued.

“Children of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program are less likely to use illegal drugs, start drinking or skip school. We see children in our program become more confident and get along better with their families. And that’s all because they had big brothers and big sisters.”

While serving as chairperson of the organization’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund raiser for the last four years, Rachunok still finds the time between selling real estate and being a volunteer to seek other fund-raising events for Big Brothers Big Sisters.This past year, she has worked

diligently to make a rubber duck race possible for the organization.

“Although our agency was not approved to hold an annual rubber duck race by the legislature for this year, Kay has laid the groundwork for a successful, well-orchestrated event in the coming year,” said Amy Carroll, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville, Tenn.

As a multi-million producer of Crye-Leike, Realtors, Rachunok is a member of its Multi-Million Dollar Club, a level of distinction that exemplifies her outstanding sales performance, individually selling annually in excess of $2 million while maintaining a strict code of ethics and professionalism. Additionally, she is ranked among Crye-Leike’s Top 125 sales associates in Middle Tennessee. She is a member of the National, Tennessee and Clarksville Associations of Realtors. She was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Community Ambassador Award in 1999.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.  Crye-Leike’s Clarksville Sango branch office is one of 18 branch offices and one franchise office in nine counties throughout Middle Tennessee in Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties, including Warren County in Kentucky. Sales associates in the Greater Nashville area currently total over 900.