BRENTWOOD, TN., For the 8th consecutive year, Crye-Leike, REALTORS associates and employees will generously provide hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to the children in Youth Village’s care.  This year the company hopes to provide more than 275 children in Nashville and Middle Tennessee with backpacks and all the back to school supplies they need.


Backpacks and supplies will be presented to representatives of Youth Villages at 2:00pm on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at the Crye-Leike, REALTORS Middle Tennessee Regional Headquarters located at 5111 Maryland Way, Brentwood, Tennessee.


“We know from years past that the participation of our associates and employees helps to give these children a big boost in their self esteem and feel more comfortable with their classmates at the start of a new school year,” said Harold Crye, Crye-Leike, REALTORS Cofounder & CEO.  “We want these children to know that they are important and special in our community and our people are to be congratulated for their support as well.”


Youth Villages helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children rebuild their lives and fulfill their dreams of living in a safe and nurturing environment. Its mission is to help children and families live successfully.  The children they serve live in three group homes in Nashville, with foster families, receive in-home counseling with their families and learn how to live independently.


“The support that Crye-Leike gives us every year for Backpack Heroes allows us the chance to “level the playing field” for our children,” said Greg Schott, Youth Villages Development Manager. The brand new backpacks and school supplies help them to feel better about themselves and more a part of their peer group.”


Associates and Employees across the Middle Tennessee region are currently shopping and/or have collected backpacks and school supplies.  This year the goal is for every Crye-Leike, REALTORS office in the Nashville area to fill 20 backpacks for girls and boys from elementary to high school age.


“The Youth Villages mission, to help children and families live successfully is a mission that’s at the heart of all Crye-Leike, REALTORS associates and employees,” said Crye.  “Our company’s regional campaign has a goal of serving as many Middle Tennessee children as possible with backpacks and school supplies and I’m confident with the community’s support we will deliver.  And I want to personally thank every associate and employee for being Backpack Heroes.”


Many of the children served by Youth Villages have had to move from place to place and have very little to call their own.  More than 90% of them live well below the poverty line and most cannot afford a backpack or school supplies on their own. This project gives them the chance to feel like every other kid in getting something brand new that they can truly call their own.


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.