Engel & Völkers Americas Raises More Than $100,000 for Special Olympics International

October 21, 2022

Engel & Völkers Americas announced today that $102,399.99 was raised during its annual 60 Minutes for Special Olympics event. In addition to year-round fundraising, its Americas network pledged to spend sixty minutes exercising on October 15 to raise awareness for the Special Olympics. 

Engel & Völkers network members along with their families and communities were encouraged to raise funds while being physically active, with many shops hosting group activities including tennis tournaments, yoga classes, walks, and workouts. 

“Special Olympics has a special place in the hearts of our network of staff, license partners, and advisors,” said Anthony Hitt, president and CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas, who participated in an NYC walk with its head office and NYC brokerage staff and advisors. “Our network loves to rally around a cause that supports local communities and neighborhoods by fostering acceptance and inclusion.”

All funds raised go towards providing sports equipment, as well as sending athletes to the Special Olympics Games. In addition to helping host Olympic-style competitions and supply gear for athletes, fundraising efforts directly benefited Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes® program, which provides health screening opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities and teaches them about healthy living. This program helps athletes alleviate their pain, access health services that otherwise would not be available, and discover undetected health problems. It has also allowed 300,000 healthcare students and professionals to train to work with and treat people with intellectual disabilities.

“Engel & Völkers Americas is steadfast in its commitment to inclusion and a vital partner for us at Special Olympics International,” said Abby Thomas, Senior Manager, Global Strategic Partnerships at Special Olympics International. “We are proud to work together with a brand that has strong values that align with ours.”

Justin Biel, Engel & Völkers Los Cabos, was the top individual fundraiser, raising $27,185 on behalf of the Special Olympics. The shop that collectively raised the most funds throughout the event was Engel & Völkers Bahamas. Through multiple advisors’ individual fundraising efforts, the shop raised an impressive $10,575.

Engel & Völkers Americas is made up of a network that includes more than 6,000 real estate professionals in 270 shops across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico. For more information, visit www.evrealestate.com

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