November Charity Events and Real Estate News

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I was reflecting recently on the wonderful generosity and support that people are showing for good causes.  A ‘heartfelt’ campaign is under way for the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Hospital.  Around 200 acrylic Hearts will be decorated between now and February and then they will be placed at prominent intersections and important public spaces around Chicago to promote heart health awareness. 

Some will be decorated by celebrities and sports stars, others by artists or students.  Money for research will be raised by having people or companies sign up to sponsor a heart, with sponsorships ranging from $2,500 to as much as $20,000 for the celebrity hearts.


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My cousin Susan works with Dr. Patrick McCarthy of Northwestern’s Cardiology staff, and my friend Dr. Karen Dill is a radiological specialist at Northwestern.  Their work is so important to so many people.  Be on the lookout for some beautiful, creative hearts in just a few months!



Then, on Monday November 8, there was a special event supporting Pancreatic Cancer.  My friend Jill Saponaro worked with the local Pancreatic Cancer support group to get 14 of the most prominent buildings in Chicago to use purple lights in honor of Pancreatic Cancer awareness.  Senator Dick Durbin and State Legislator John Cullerton along with prominent celebrities attended the ceremony to mark the beginning of the lighting program at the Willis Tower. 

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Keep your eyes to the skys and you will see beautiful purple toppings on your favorite buildings, including the Willis Tower, Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, BC BS of Illinois, the Claire Hotel, and many others!

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My friend Candace Jordan is on the Women’s Board for the project to build the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House on Grand Street in Chicago.  It will be 14 stories and provide a wonderful place for families to stay when they need it the most.  I am also proud of my company Coldwell Banker, because our CB Foundation has decided to join in and contribute to the new Ronald McDonald House as well!


Speaking of worthy causes, I attended the LUXEHOME Chill Event, where hundreds of contributors to four different charity organizations including the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation gathered to taste an amazing variety of wines and nosh on a wide spread of tasty food!  As one of the LuxeHome Top 25 Brokers I was so happy to see them help host such a successful event.


For Real Estate, I wanted to highlight one of my listings, namely Unit 6A&B in the sophisticated Loft Building at 850 W. Adams.  The unit was owned by the developers of the 850 building, Annie and Lewis Kostiner.  They were prominent in the growth of the beautiful West Loop area through the development company called Annie Properties.  They decorated 6A&B beautifully, and it will make a wonderful home with an ideal location.


Finally, as a member of the National Association of Realtors, I received a report whose main point was that the moratorium on Foreclosures has disrupted the market somewhat but that, according to the NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun,  ” there appears to be a pent-up demand that eventually will be unleashed as banks resolve their issues with foreclosures and the labor market improves.”



Here’s hoping the economy continues to improve!



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  • Nice to see the support for Pancreatic Cancer

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