Since January, agents and staff at RE/MAX Cross Country have been raising money for Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Denton, which was chosen to be the beneficiary of the first “Santa in the Summer” gala. Agents and staff raised more than $50,000.
Cumberland provides emergency shelter as well as long-term residential care for children and adolescents. They also provide single-parent family housing and support as well as counseling and other services to heal and strengthen families throughout the community, according to a news release.
A gala on July 31 celebrated RE/MAX Cross Country’s fundraiser drive, which included presentations from Cumberland’s representatives.
Richard Brown, president of Cumberland, introduced staff and counselors as well as board members. Guests also enjoyed a meal supplied by The Village Grill and Shellman’s Fine Wine and Spirits.
Also in attendance was Santa, who was fresh from his vacation in Hawaii. Santa was the inspiration for the fundraiser after the annual Santa party in December was cancelled as a result of the massive ice storm that paralyzed North Texas.
“This has been a tradition spanning over 30 years allowing generations of families an opportunity to bring their children to the office to meet Santa and receive gifts” says Gary Kuhatschek.
Feeling the need to give back to the community, RE/MAX Cross Country planned the biggest fundraiser in its history.
“We are so proud of our agents and staff for all the hard work they put in to make this possible” says Gary Kuhatschek and Ron Morris co-owners of RE/MAX Cross Country. “From the beginning our volunteers jumped in and rose to the challenge to help such a good organization and cause”.
Many individuals and businesses played a role in the success of the fundraiser, officials said. First United Bank and Freedom Title of Highland Village contributed generous gifts. Thurston Manufacturing has been working with Cumberland staff and will manufacture bedroom furniture for each of their three cottages in October. The children were also included in the decision-making process. Windham Construction has donated their labor and is in process of painting the interior of each cottage on Cumberland’s campus thanks to Sherwin-Williams’ Flower Mound store that donated 75 gallons of paint.
The following individuals and businesses contributed to the fundraiser:
First United Bank
Freedom Title of Highland Village
Thurston Furniture Manufacturer
Windham Construction Co.
Sherwin-Williams Flower Mound
RE/MAX Cross Country
Big Raffle items:
Corner Bakery, Highland Village
Gift Card Sponsors:
Fuzzy’s Tacos, Flower Mound
Rockfish Highland Village
Blue Goose Restaurant, Highland Village
Delia, Highland Village
Texas Road House, Flower Mound
Snuffer’s, Highland Village
Walmart, Highland Village
Corner Bakery, Highland Village
Groggy Dog, Denton
Sigma Signs & Printing
Silent Auction Sponsors:
James Wood Auto Park, Denton
Beasley’s Jewelry Store, Lewisville
Fidelity National Title
Black Pearl Sailing Cruises
Representative Myra Crownover
Alamo Title – David Hodges
Rough Riders Baseball Team
May Kay – Jackie Rodriguez
Cameron Hughes Winery-Davetta Williams
Nasr Brothers Jewelry
Dr. Art Bradley Chiropractic
Nothing Bunt Cakes
RE/MAX Balloon Team
Greater Lewisville Association of REALTORS
Claire’s, Highland Village
American Eagle Harley Davidson
Dr. Nikki Thornton
Premier Nationwide Lending
Sharon Ross, artist
Mary Kay – Pam Mayfield
RE/MAX Cross Country is located at 1990 Justin Road in Highland Village. They can be contacted at 972-317-9586. Or. visit their website at www.rmccdfw.com to make an online donation. Just follow the Santa in the Summer link.