Crye-Leike Committed to United Way & Disaster Relief

Memphis, Tenn. – Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nation’s 10th largest real estate company, has renewed its commitment to United Way by holding, during the months of September and October, its annual United Way Workplace Campaign that covers 64 Crye-Leike corporate branch offices in 23 counties throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Crye-Leike is committed company wide to support United Way because of the broad scope of health and human service needs United Way addresses which directly impacts the communities Crye-Leike serves,” says Chief Executive Officer Harold E. Crye.

Crye-Leike’s Workplace Campaign involves over 2,900 sales associates and 700 employees who will have an opportunity to donate to the local United Way agencies in their communities.

With the recent Hurricane Katrina Disaster, it is important for people to realize that United Way of America is leading response & recovery efforts, working hard to identify the most serious needs for disaster victims of Hurricane Katrina, notes Joyce Friedman, public relations director of Crye-Leike.

“United Way is committed to not only helping with the front line disaster relief, but also with the long-term recovery,” says Friedman. “United Way is a living, breathing part of communities directly affected by crisis. Long after rescue teams have been dispersed, United Way will be there to heal lives, families and shattered communities which are issues sometimes not addressed until weeks months or years from now. So, your continued support of United Way agencies in your community is vital. ”

To support disaster relief efforts, Crye-Leike, its sales associates and employees have donated $20,000 to support the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund as well as the Realtors’ Relief Foundation, which were monies raised in addition to Crye-Leike’s United Way Campaign currently underway.

Crye-Leike has held United Way Workplace Campaigns since 1995, raising over $395,000 in contributions. Crye-Leike has regional hub offices in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee as well as in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Crye-Leike, Realtors raised over $112,000 for United Way, a 21 percent increase from a year prior. Company officials credit the increase to taking fund-raising efforts to a new level, by their offices holding special fund-raising events in addition to collecting individual pledge donations from its sales force and staff.

In Arkansas, Crye-Leike’s innovation lauded them for a second year in a row United Way’s Crest Award in 2004 in recognition of having over 50 percent participation and over a 10 percent increase in giving.

In Middle Tennessee, Crye-Leike’s innovation lauded them United Way’s Circle of Caring Award in 2004 in recognition of being an outstanding company in terms of year-round commitment to United Way programs and giving. Crye-Leike also is ranked No. 13 among United Way of Williamson County’s Top 25 Business Partners, based on its fund-raising efforts in 2004 and a move up from its No. 17 ranking a year prior.

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.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 28 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 2,900 sales associates and 92 branch and franchise offices located in 51 counties throughout a seven-state region in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.  Crye-Leike attained sales of $4.6 billion and 29,581 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2004.


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