SPRING HILL, TN, – Crye-Leike, REALTORS Associates from the company’s Spring Hill Tennessee branch office organized a relief effort on Saturday February 9, 2008 to assist victims of the violent storms and tornados that struck the Middle Tennessee Region the evening of Tuesday February 5th.


The group reported to the Fairview High School to register and was immediately struck by the many people, who like themselves, showed up to help their neighbors.


“We were sent to help in an area in Fairview that was heavily hit by the storm,” said Kristin Pendergraft, Managing Broker of the Crye-Leike Spring Hill branch office.  “When we arrived the women in our group immediately went to work making lunch for anyone that wanted it and the men unloaded tractors and chain saws and just jumped in where they could.”


One of the families the Spring Hill group encountered was a fellow Realtor from Silverpoint Properties.  The colleague had lost everything in the storm.  According to Pendergraft, she was grateful for the offer of assistance but informed the group that they planned to get bulldozers and shove everything together to burn and eventually bury it on site.


“As we left the first area that day where we stopped, we moved to another and yet another and were just amazed by the magnitude of the damage,” said Pendergraft.  “Although we went to help others in need I believe we were the ones who were most moved by what we saw.”


As much as they tried to accomplish in a single day, the Spring Hill Crye-Leike group realized they could barely put a dent into the massive clean up job.  Pendergraft summed up the experience like this? “the generosity and love of the human race is awe inspiring.”


The associates and employees of the Spring Hill branch office pitched-in to purchase the food and were assisted by donations from Colonial Bread Company of Columbia, Food Lion of Spring Hill, Old School House Caf? of Spring Hill and a $200 cash donation from Culligan Water of Nashville.


Agents and Employees who took part in Saturday’s effort included: Anne Beene, Ron Keiser, Dana Moore, Tracey Gardner, Kristin Pendergraft, Bud Taylor, Tiffany Cope and David Miller.


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, Realtors in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 4,100 sales associates and 132 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2007, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.7 billion with 32,500 closed transaction sides.