BRENTWOOD, TN.- What started-out as a simple New Years resolution has evolved into a mission of "giving back" for a group of Green Hills area real estate professionals in Nashville.


Every first Friday of the month since January 2007, the group of anywhere from 12 to 15 people, from Realty Title & Escrow Company and Crye-Leike, Realtors in Green Hills have been strolling their way around Centennial Park on a two mile trek to walk off those annoying extra pounds.


Nine months later, and likely a few pounds lighter, this walking group of real estate closing agents and Realtors have raised hundreds of dollars for charitable groups across the city.


"It just wasn't enough to get out and exercise and benefit just ourselves," said Diane Mann, a closing Agent with Realty Title & Escrow Company. "In the process of bettering ourselves, we're reaching out to some well known and not so well known charities to support them in the process."


The list of charities that have benefited from this ad-hoc walking team includes: United Way, American Heart Association, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Youth Villages, Nashville Humane Society, Mercy Ministries, Muscular Dystrophy, Breast Cancer Awareness, Great Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.


"Each month I place a sign-up sheet for the next month's walk and an envelope for donations at our office with a different charity as a beneficiary for that month's walk," said Mann. "While we have a core group that walks every month, some folks join in when they know in advance they'll be able to benefit a specific charity for a particular month."


So far the Real Estate Walkers have generated in excess of $800.00 since January's first walk, and there's still a few more walks in the year to go.


In business since 1985, Realty Title has closed over 43,000 transactions. Realty Title & Escrow was formed in 1987 and celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year. The company maintains Regional Headquarters in Brentwood, Memphis and Chattanooga Tennessee, Little Rock Arkansas and Northwest Mississippi.


Today, Realty Title & Escrow is serving the real estate title and closing needs of primarily residential lenders, buyers, sellers and Realtors in 28 communities across the Mid South region. In Middle Tennessee, Realty Title & Escrow serves clients in over 20 counties including: Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson, Maury, Hickman, Dickson, Cheatham, Sumner, Montgomery, and Robertson.