Caretaker Landscape is so excited that we just wrapped up our inaugural year participating in Brokers for Kids!!!  Brokers for Kids is a year-long fundraising event amongst 40 other companies in the commercial real estate industry.  Most of the funds raised was donated to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona.

In order to help raise funds for our team goal, Caretaker Landscape held its first annual Jam for Kids – Rock for a Cause Event. We knew our families and friends (clients, included) would support us and have a blast listening to live music.  The show kicked off with the jam, “Please come to Boston” by Todd Schneider, Mike Reinbold and Steve Collins.  Tami Bohanan, Executive Director from Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, spoke about the impact our fundraising efforts would have.  Our corporate sponsors donated great items, which enabled us to hold a silent auction to raise money for our team fundraising goal.  After two (2) hours of rocking out, the band closed the show with, “Margaritaville”.   This was truly a night to remember and we are already coming up with bigger and better ideas for next year!  Thank you Team Captains, Dena Jones and Mischelle Arreca for all the hard work and planning you put into the evening.  Click on Jam for Kids – Rock for A Cause link below to view a short video from that rocking evening.

Jam for Kids- Rock for a Cause

Jam for Kids
Jam for Kids

In an effort to make this a team building/bonding event Matt White, incentivized the top 3 fundraising individuals by awarding them with paid time off.  Also, anyone that wanted to participate in our Olympiad Try-Outs and compete in the final Olympiad Event, he gave them the time off.  The Olympiad is the final event where the fundraising teams get together and compete in volleyball, basketball, football toss, bocce, and baggo.  The top four (4) teams ended the Olympiad with a fierce dodge ball competition.  The winning dodge ball team was awarded Olympiad Team and was handed the coveted trophy, which they’ll get to keep until 2014.  In the end, Caretaker Landscape won three (3) out of five (5) events (not too shabby for a rookie team)!  Practice starts next week for next year…watch out!

The Caretaker Olympiad Team
The Caretaker Olympiad Team

Brokers for Kids 2013 – Olympiad Competition

Click on the link above to view a short video from the Olympiad.

Thank you to Scottsdale 20-30 Club for embracing us to be a part of Brokers for Kids 2013.  And a huge thank you to Ben Hawkins and Fred Bueler for all your help and making our first year so much fun!

Brokers for Kids 2013 Stats:

  • 40 Competing Teams
  • Total Funds raised = $345,166
  • Fundraising team winner, Cole Companies at $62,000
  • Top Sponsors for Brokers for Kids; Social Mine, Fidelity Title, Toyota and Pride

Also, thank you to all that helped make this possible by purchasing raffle tickets.  We had over 90 people who bought raffle tickets to help support our team!  We appreciate each and every one of you.

Lastly, a huge shout and thank you to our corporate sponsors who donated silent auction items for Jam for Kids:

● Adeo Images ● Ann Reed Waxing & Skin Care ● Caretaker Fleet Management  ● Latitude 8 ● Lifetime Fitness ● The Mission Restaurant ● Neova Skin Care ● Western Tree ● Shirtail Embroidery and Screen Printing ● Signatures Salon ● Red Revolver Hair Studio ● CCMC ● Ewing Irrigation ● AZRE Magazine ● Red Revolver Lounge ● Paving Solutions ● Integrity All Star Realty ● Social Tap ● Arizona State Masonry ● Mountain States Wholesale Nursery ● Ivy Trucking & Grading ● Re-Create Companies ● G & K Services ● Phoenix Travel Services ● Waste Management ● T. Williams Blues Attitude ● Hotfoot Recruiters

Thank you for your support!!!
Thank you for your support!!!

“We wanted to align ourselves with a charity recipient that mirrored our company’s core values.  When I started to learn more about Boys Hope Girls Hope, I knew this would be a great charity partner. The core values of Boys Hope Girls hope are that education is critical to reaching everyone’s potential and they have built their charity on principles of integrity, responsibility and dignity. Caretaker Landscape’s company mission and values believes that education promotes passion and our passionate team is what differentiates us.”  Dena Jones, Team Captain

Dena was awarded the SPIRIT AWARD by Brokers for Kids for her commitment, passion, and excitement for this event!

“I am involved with Brokers for Kids because it offers the commercial real estate community an opportunity to come together to raise more money than could be done individually. Raising $350,000 for children’s charity in our own backyard ensures that we are making a difference in the future of our community.” Ben Hawkins, Broker For Kids Chairman

“When I first heard about Brokers for Kids last year, Dena and I went to Olympiad to check it out.  After spending the day at the Olympiad, I had no doubt that I wanted the Caretaker Family to be a part of it moving forward.  Brokers for Kids fosters the same culture that Caretaker Landscape believes in and that’s working hard, playing hard and giving back to the community.  For our inaugural year for Brokers for Kids, the goal was to have fun and reach our fundraising goal of $5000.  The Caretaker Family definitely had fun from start to finish and we exceeded our fundraising goal for this great cause!  Thanks to all that supported our fundraising efforts.  We wouldn’t have been able to exceed our goal if it wasn’t for the tremendous support that we received from families and friends (clients included).  Also, thank you to the Caretaker Family that participated in helping us reach our goals.  I couldn’t be more proud of such an awesome group of people to work with and honored to call my friends.  Lastly, a huge thank you to my Co-Captain, Dena Jones for thinking big and putting all your heart and spirit into making Brokers for Kids so memorable.  You truly are Caretaker’s ROCK STAR!”  Mischelle Arreca, Team Captain

Dena accepting the Spirit Award with Mischelle!
Dena accepting the Spirit Award with Mischelle!

 Thank you to all who supported our team and helped us raise money for our local children.  We are humbled by your generosity…The Caretaker Family