Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (February 24, 2017) - An auction was held at Crye-Leike Real Estate Services' Mt. Juliet branch office, but the real estate agents were not selling property. Instead of making competitive offers on houses, bidders were hoping to place the winning bid on one of many homemade cakes, cookies, pies and other sweet treats up for auction.

Crye-Leike agents in Mt. Juliet put business on hold to host the office's 13th Annual Martin Cummings Sweet Tooth Auction. Agents host the auction every year during the company's United Way Campaign to raise money for local charities supported by United Way of Wilson County. Crye-Leike agents invite their clients, peers, friends, vendors and the public to attend this fun and entertaining fundraiser.

The proceeds from this year's Sweet Tooth Auction raised $9,147, benefiting Empower Me Day Camp and Mt. Juliet Senior Center, agencies of United Way of Wilson County.

Crye-Leike presented its Mt. Juliet office the United Way Golden Heart Award for their fund-raising efforts.

Since 2004, Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet office has raised over $50,000 at their sweet tooth auctions with proceeds benefiting various local nonprofit agencies supported by United Way of Wilson County, said Crye-Leike organizer and affiliate broker Joann Pucciarelli.

The Sweet Tooth Auction is named in memory of the late Martin Cummings who was the first managing broker of Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet office.

"Martin was a devoted fund-raising volunteer in his community, raising over $1 million for numerous charities during his real estate career," said Pucciarelli. "Martin always stressed to us agents to give back to the community we serve, and that is just what we at Crye-Leike's Mt. Juliet office continue to do each year to honor his memory."

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (www.crye-leike.com), the nation's sixth largest residential real estate brokerage firm, is the largest in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Its Mt. Juliet branch office is one of 21 branch and franchise offices located in Middle Tennessee to serve the real estate needs of buyers and sellers.

United Way of Wilson County (www.givetouwwc.org) is committed to creating real change and measurable improvements in the day-to-day lives of people. It supports over 30 nonprofit agencies, which focus on education, financial stability, good health and rebuilding lives, the key building blocks for creating a better life.