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West Linn Windermere Stellar branch earned two awards for community service

PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The awards recognized the West Linn branchs substantial gains in fundraising, both on an individual basis and for the branch as a whole. The 10 real estate agents at Windermere Stellar’s West Linn branch in Central Village never saw it coming.

On Jan. 28, at an annual meeting of Windermere’s branches, a number of awards were handed out to recognize community service for 2015. As far as real estate broker Theresa Crough can remember, the West Linn branch — which pales in size compared to other branches like Lloyd Tower — had never won one of the awards.

Until this year.

At that meeting, the West Linn branch was surprised to earn not one but two community service awards: “Most Improved Average-Per-Agent” award and “Most Improved Office.”

“Shock” was how Crough described the feeling, adding that, “It’s a friendly competition, but you always want to win.”

The awards were based on funds raised for the Windermere Foundation, which has raised more than $30 million for charity since it was created in 1989. The West Linn branch raised a total of $11,556 in 2015, a 197 percent increase from 2014. Each agent raised an average of $963, which was a 221 percent increase over the year prior.

The two awards, then, were well-earned and Crough said the improvement was largely due to the success of the second annual “Calm Before the Storm” event in November. In exchange for a donation, attendees enjoyed a lunch with a keynote speaker, boutique shopping and an “industry partner fair” held at the Oregon Golf Club.

PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The West Linn Windermere Stellar branch earned two company awards for community fundraising in 2015, beating out a number of larger branches in the process“It’s right in between the holidays and it’s not a holiday event,” Crough said. “It’s just to take a moment out of the holiday rush and out of work, kind of like a spa treat.”

That event alone raised $7,500, according to Crough.

“(That) is what put us on the map,” she said. “That’s close to the golf tournament the (Windermere NW) Johnson office does.”

It’s Windermere policy that each agent also contributes $7.50 per transaction to the Foundation — a small amount that makes a significant difference, Crough said. “It adds up,” Crough said. “That’s why I came (to Windermere), is because of philanthropy. It’s not just making money and selling houses.”

The West Linn Windermere Stellar branch also stays local with the money it raises. Most recently, donations went to Oregon City Backpack Buddies and Candlelighters For Children With Cancer. This summer, Windermere will also have its annual Community Service Day – most likely at the West Linn Adult Community Center garden.

The goal, as always, is to help as many people and organizations as possible. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to earn some awards in the process.

“That was really a proud moment for us,” Crough said.

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