Crye-Leike Manager Crunches Numbers By Day And Helps Children Day And Night

Crye-Leike Manager Crunches Numbers By Day And Helps Children Day And Night
Inside the Crye-Leike Quail Hollow office Accounting Manager Lynda Drake has gained a reputation as a ?money cruncher' determined to make the holidays brighter each year for the children in the care of Youth Villages. The Mrs. Claus of Crye-Leike organizes an annual Silent Auction and Raffle with proceeds benefiting the kids who need it most.

MEMPHIS, TN., – Accounting Departments in Memphis do the usual business of keeping track of revenue and expenses – cutting payroll checks and keeping an eye towards saving money along the way. The Accounting Department at Crye-Leike, REALTORS Corporate Headquarters does all of that too – and then some.


What makes the accounting team at the city’s largest real estate firm special – and one Manager in particular – is a level of generosity that’s become contagious.


Inside the Crye-Leike Quail Hollow office Accounting Manager Lynda Drake has gained a reputation as a ?money cruncher’ determined to make the holidays brighter each year for the children in the care of Youth Villages. You could describe Drake as the Mrs. Claus of Crye-Leike.


“I would hardly consider myself a Mrs. Claus,” said Drake.  “It is true most everyone knows about my passion for Youth Villages and with the help of other staff here in the accounting department we spend much of our spare time – this time of year especially – accumulating gifts of all kinds with a goal of raising more money for Youth Villages than we did the year before.”


The merchandise Drake gathers is the result of her ability to buy, beg and barter with a variety of local retailers and companies – getting items for pennies on the dollar or just for the asking.  Over the years – she’s developed long-standing and loyal relationships with many who ?fill her wish list’ with everything from pen/paper sets, stuffed animals, unique pottery and toys to amazing event tickets, autographed items, and gift cards.


“A pen/paper set that might cost ten dollars or more in a retail setting – we often get for free or for pennies,” said Drake. “Little by little our inventory builds, especially as we get closer to the holidays. We know our Realtors and loyal friends love supporting our cause because they know their money goes to support the children of Youth Villages.”


Crye-Leike’s and Drake’s commitment to fundraise for Youth Villages has been going strong for more than two decades. Five years ago she and her accounting team took it up a notch by starting a Silent Auction & Raffle.  The event annually generates in excess of $10-thousand dollars.


The 6th Annual Silent Auction & Raffle is slated to start on Monday, November 16th and will include more than 200 gift baskets with items donated by Amit’s Hallmark, a Limited Edition 2008 Tennessee Titans Pro Bowlers Print and a 16 person Suite for the Memphis Tigers vs. S.E. Missouri game December 16th at the Fed-Ex Forum courtesy of the Commercial Appeal. There will be amazing autographed items, great ticket packages, and gifts cards galore.


“The number and level of donated items for this years auction is unbelievable,” said Drake.  “A lot of phone calling and a little begging sometimes comes into play – but we are so humbled by the generosity of those who have donated to our cause in the spirit of helping children. If that makes people want to call me the Crye-Leike Mrs. Claus – I’ll accept that title with honor.”


About The Crye-Leike Silent Auction & Raffle For Youth Villages

Auction items will be on display from Monday, November 16th thru Friday, November 20th at the Crye-Leike Corporate Headquarters located at 6525 N. Quail Hollow in Memphis.  The Auction will close at 4pm on Friday the 20th and a Raffle will immediately follow. All proceeds will benefit Youth Villages.


About Youth Villages

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. This year, the Memphis-based nonprofit will help more than 15,000 children and families in 10 states and Washington, D.C., through a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services. Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home or in a home-like setting two years after completing a Youth Villages program. Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and recently was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations.


About Crye-Leike, REALTORS

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the Nations 6th Largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,000 licensed sales associates based out of more than 120 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services.  In 2008, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $4.2 billion with 25,871 homes sold.