By Greg Rayburn / Staff Writer / grayburn@maumellemonitor.com

Friday, August 13, 2010 9:21 AM CDT

 

On July 31, some Maumelle Realtors and brokers braved the heat and erected a tent to collect donations of cash and school supplies for the CASA program. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and the organization's purpose is to look out for the needs of foster children who are within the judicial system.

 

"We want the community to know that we aren't just about selling real estate," said Realtor Lisa Halloway-Sugg. "We want to do our part in helping the community."

 

2010 marks the first year Crye-Leike took part in a CASA school supply fund-raiser. Its tent was erected near the parking lot of NBA Bank on Country Club Parkway. The real estate agency's Maumelle office on Audubon Drive also provided a drop-off point for anyone who wanted to donate money or supplies.

 

Halloway-Sugg said the CASA collection is one of four community projects Maumelle's Crye-Leike Office takes part in annually. The office also collects food for the Arkansas Foodbank Network. Crye-Leike also collects coats during the winter and also collects used bicycles and refurbishes them as part of the North Pulaski Board of Realtors' Spokes for Little Folks program.

 

Real Estate broker Betty Coney said the Realtors' board collects bicycles from people who are getting ready to throw away and refurbishes them so they can be given to needy children at Christmas time.

 

Amanda Butler of Crye-Leike said she knows it's very helpful when groups raise money to buy school supplies. Besides being a Realtor she also works as a teacher.

 

"It's great when teachers get help with the school supplies for the children," Butler said. "A lot of money from teachers goes into school supplies for their children. Teachers make sure they won't let their children go without."