Crye-Leike, Realtors Honored for Supporting Youth Villages

Crye-Leike, Realtors Honored for Supporting Youth Villages
Crye-Leike REALTORS?, headquartered in East Memphis, recently was honored by Volunteer Memphis for outstanding group volunteer work on behalf of Youth Villages. Also honored was East Memphis resident Susan Bachman, a Hilton Hotels executive and a mentor to a Youth Villages child through the Chris Crye Mentoring Program. Among those attending the Volunteer Memphis awards ceremony were: (from left to right) Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages, Susan Bachman with Hilton Hotels and a Youth Villages mentor, her husband, Lee, Kevin Dean, Youth Villages mentor coordinator, Becky, a participant in the Youth Villages Transitional Living program and Bachman?s mentee, and Harold Crye and Dick Leike, owners of Crye-Leike REALTORS? and longtime Youth Villages supporters.

Memphis, Tenn. – Crye-Leike REALTORS?, headquartered in East Memphis, recently was honored by Volunteer Memphis for outstanding group volunteer work on behalf of Youth Villages. Also honored was East Memphis resident Susan Bachman, a Hilton Hotels executive and a mentor to a Youth Villages child through the Chris Crye Mentoring Program.

Harold Crye and Dick Leike, co-owners of Crye-Leike, REALTORS?, accepted the award on behalf of their company and staff. Sales associates and staff at Crye-Leike, REALTORS? have helped organize, sponsor and volunteer at the Youth Villages’ 5K Run for the past 23 years, helping raise more than $1 million for Youth Villages. More than 850 Crye-Leike sales associates and staff participated in the recent Youth Villages’ 5K Run/Walk held at Ridgeway Center in East Memphis.

Crye-Leike, REALTORS? also supports the children of Youth Villages through their annual Campaign for Children, a holiday card sale begun 1986, which has raised more than $300,000 for Youth Villages. More than 1,300 Crye-Leike Realtors participated in the campaign last year. Campaign funds support the Chris Crye Mentoring Program, a program established by Crye-Leike REALTORS? to provide mentors to Youth Villages children. The program is named in memory of Harold Crye’s son, Chris, a passionate Youth Villages mentor, who died in a tragic accident.

Susan Bachman was honored for mentoring Youth Villages children through the Chris Crye Mentoring Program. Bachman has mentored five Youth Villages children. Most recently, she has been a mentor to Becky, a young college student who is participating in the Youth Villages Transitional Living program, initiated and funded by The Day Foundation, also located in East Memphis.

“People generally don’t have an idea just how great a difference a mentor makes in the life of a child. But mentors are crucial in a child’s success in life, especially when a child does not have a family,” says Kevin Dean, mentor coordinator, Youth Villages. “Counselors tell me all the time how these children go from no hope because they have no family or friends to finding reasons to smile and work on their treatment at Youth Villages because they have a mentor. Many of our kids have never before had a person who was there just for them.”

For more information on the Chris Crye Mentoring Program or on becoming a mentor, contact Kevin Dean, Youth Villages mentor coordinator, at (901) 252-7706 or kevin.dean@youthvillages.org.

The Volunteer Venture, set for June 18, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on the Youth Villages’ Dogwood campus, is a one-time volunteer event that allows volunteers and potential mentors to meet the children of Youth Villages and learn more about them through games and sports activities. To register for this event, contact Crissy Smith, Youth Villages volunteer coordinator, at (901) 252-7633 or at crissy.smith@youthvillages.org.