BH&G Rand Realty Made Christmas Brighter For Children Served by Catholic Charities

Real Estate In-Depth | January 13, 2017

Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty presented Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan with a $1,000 at its Goshen office. From left, Barbara Devine, Catholic Charities, Melissa Grillo, Anna Farish, Diane Blanton, Mikki Dietrichsen and Kathy Piergiorgi from Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty and Kristin Jensen of Catholic Charities.

GOSHEN—Thanks to the generosity and creativity of the staff and agents at Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, this past Christmas was merrier this year for many families served by Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan.

The members of the firm’s Goshen real estate office’s President’s Club selected Catholic Charities to be the beneficiary of their December community giving initiative. They presented Catholic Charities with a $1,000 donation and more than 50 presents received through the office Giving Tree.

“As local Realtors it’s important that our community be a place people want to live and raise their families. Like us, Catholic Charities is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life for the people who live here,” said Realtor Melissa Grillo, who helped spearhead the brokerage firm’s President’s Club initiative. “We appreciate the important work that they do and wanted to show our support this holiday season.”

The Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty office hosted a variety of events to raise funds for Catholic Charities. The most popular was its Swap Boutique, an opportunity for employees to “sell” unwanted items, including designer handbags, to their colleagues who wanted them with the proceeds of the sale going to Catholic Charities. They also hosted an open house for guests of Catholic Charities’ recent Goshen Christmas House Tour. They invited tour guests to stop by their office on Canal Street for refreshments, caroling, holiday gifts, and the chance to rest and warm up before they visited the next house.

“The good folks at Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty truly embody the spirit of Christmas,” said Dr. Dean Scher, executive director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan. “They shared their time, talent, and treasure with us to help make Christmas brighter for the individuals and families we serve, as well as our guests on the Christmas House Tour. We are fortunate to have such good neighbors in the community.”