Crye-Leike to Bring Holiday Cheer to Residents at Youth Villages

Memphis, Tenn. – This Christmas just got merrier for a group of West Tennessee children in need, thanks to an annual holiday fund-raiser for the children at Youth Villages, sponsored by Crye-Leike, Realtors.

The nation’s 10th largest real estate company is holding its 23rd annual Campaign for Children, a program in which Crye-Leike sales associates and corporate staff purchase in bulk holiday greeting cards, designed by Youth Villages children, to send to their clients and friends.

All proceeds raised are designated to the Chris Crye Fund and are used to purchase holiday gifts for the children of Youth Villages and to support their mentoring program throughout the year. Since establishing this holiday card drive 23 years ago, Crye-Leike has raised in excess of $400,000 for Youth Villages.

“Most of the children and adolescents in Youth Villages’ care have had to move from place to place and have very little to call their own,” says Marler Stone, director of community relations for Youth Villages in Memphis. “For the children to receive gifts during the holiday season is such a positive way for them to start out the new year. We at Youth Villages are very grateful for this continual outpouring of support and generosity from Crye-Leike.”

The inscription on the inside of the greeting card reads: ?Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year. 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.

“We anticipate raising company wide around $28,000 this year as we have done in year’s past,” says Sally Brown, Crye-Leike’s West Tennessee campaign coordinator who has faithfully organized this effort for the past 12 years.

Youth Villages (www.youthvillages.org) offers help and hope to more than 5,000 troubled children and their families each year through a continuum of care that ensures treatment in the most effective, least restrictive environment. Of that total, over 3,500 are served in West Tennessee. Services include: home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, residential treatment, community-based programs, and transitional living services. Additionally, Youth Villages specializes in crisis services and responded to over 2,500 crisis calls from families in crisis across the state this past year.

Today, more than 1,100 counselors, teachers and skilled support staff provide Youth Villages’ services from offices in 33 locations throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Texas.

The Youth Villages’ Chris Crye Fund was established in 1998 in memory of real estate broker Chris Crye, son of Crye-Leike’s CEO Harold Crye, who experienced an untimely death as a result of a horseback riding accident in 1998. Chris was an active volunteer and supporter of Youth Villages.

Over 1,200 sales associates and 200 support staff at Crye-Leike’s 21 branch offices in its West Tennessee Region will be participating in this fund-raising effort. Crye-Leike’s West Tennessee Region includes branch offices in: Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee; Lee and DeSoto counties in Mississippi and Crittendon County in Arkansas.

To make a charitable contribution to Youth Villages during this holiday season, please send your tax deductible donation payable to Youth Villages to: Laurie McIntosh, Director of Development, Youth Villages West Tennessee, 5515 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN. 38134, or call 901/252-7600 for more information.

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.  It has a network of over 2,850 sales associates and 80 branch and franchise offices located in 42 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.