Windermere agents are known for supporting the communities where they work, live and play, and agents from Windermere La Quinta (47-250 Washington Avenue), Old Town La Quinta (78-065 Main Street Suite 100), and Indio (81703 Highway 111) offices can usually be found at the center of what’s happening. On Saturday, April 7, Windermere partnered for the ninth year with the city of La Quinta for the annual La Quinta Park Easter Egg Hunt. Kids in four age groups found 8000 eggs (in two minutes flat), and 75 children in several age groups competed for stuffed animal prizes in the Chalk Drawing contest. On hand to report and help judge the festivities from KMIR 6 were Gloria Rodriguez, Today Anchor, and George Severson, News Director. Windermere balloons were everywhere, and the Easter Bunny willingly posed for photos with an endless stream of happy kids. Also on Saturday, Windermere co-sponsored the Indio Desert Recreation District’s event (at Community Center Park on Clinton Street). Included were egg-hunting, face painting, potato sack races, a hula hoop contest, and raffles for sporting goods. Windermere agents handed out Windermere balloons and chocolate, with news coverage again provided by KMIR Channel 6 News. And rounding out a day chock-full of Springtime fun, Windermere also co-sponsored with Coachella Recreation District the holiday event at Bagdouma Park, where more than 300 kids in 3 age groups hunted for brightly colored eggs, had their faces painted, and cavorted in the bouncing ball races. A special thanks to Windermere Indio agent Carmen Aceves, who hopped happily into her role as assistant Easter Bunny.
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Question: Why are Winderemere Indian Wells agents Kerry Anderson, Sybill Allen, Sherry Owens, and Colleen Pappas all wearing fluorescent green uniforms? To honor St Patrick’s Day? Good guess, but no shillelagh…when they’re not helping their clients buy and sell incredible Coachella Valley homes, they’re volunteering at the BNP Paribas Open. The what? The BNP Paribas Open!
Folks identify the Coachella Valley with a lot of wonderful things…perfect weather (always)…great dining, fabulous shopping, golf, and TENNIS. The 37th BNP Paribas Open, the granddaddy of tennis tournaments, is held right here at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The 37th BNP Paribas Open is the largest combined professional tennis tournament in the world. With play daily from March 11 through March 20, there are over 300 professional players with $9M in prize money (split equally between male and female pros). There’s plenty of room for everyone, too…Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s Stadium One is the second largest court in the world, with 16,100 seats. And right in the center of it all: volunteers Sybill Allen, Sherry Owens, Colleen Pappas, and Kerry Anderson (who has been volunteering with the tournament for 10 years). The professional tournament volunteer committees include ball kid coordinators, credentials, gates, information, lost & found, special events, transportation, ushers, and more. Aside from their love of the sport, the volunteers all appreciate that the tournament contributes to The Champions Volunteer Foundation which benefits youth recreational, educational and well-care programs including Foundation for the Retarded, Martha’s Kitchen, Palm Springs Stroke Activity Center, Boys & Girls Club, Shelter From the Storm, Gilda’s Club, Palm Desert Family YMCA, and the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.
Oh, and for an extra point…who knows what the tournament is named after? Give up? BNP Paribas, headquartered in Paris, is the world’s biggest bank.
See? Windermere has all the right answers.
Many people are unaware of the difficulties of helping a loved one deal with Alzheimer’s disease, an illness sometimes nicknamed ‘the long goodbye’ because as the condition slowly advances it steals the memories of its victims, who for years can remain in good physical health.
Judy Genton, an agent with Windermere’s Indian Wells Main office, knows the challenges faced by family members and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s. In 2011, she became a caregiver for the second time in 3 years. With the same dedication and drive she shows to her buying and selling real estate clients, she is working to support the fight against this condition. Judy recognizes and supports the work of the Five Star Club, an Eisenhower-sponsored day care center for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and a support center for caregivers. “If you’ve had or have someone close to you affected by this disease, you know how hard it is to see a family go through it,” says Judy. “The Five Star Club provides invaluable support and assistance to these families.”
On Saturday, March 3, as part of her dedicated effort to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, Judy is participating with the Five Star Club Team in the Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She encourages those who would like to support this important work to join the Walk and/or donate. “The pressures brought on by this disease are difficult to comprehend. The support and relief provided by organizations such as the Five Star Club can be unbelievably instrumental in helping family members and other caregivers get through,” says Judy.
Tax-deductible contributions to the Five Star Club Team will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Details about the March 3 walk in Palm Desert, as well as information on how to donate, can be found by clicking HERE.
If you’d like to talk with Judy about your real estate needs, she can be reached at 760-773-3958.
Where in the world can 10,000 bicycle riders come together for fun, camaraderie, PERFECT weather, and a smorgasbord of worthy causes?
Why, PALM SPRINGS, of course!
On February 10-11, Windermere agents once again participated in the Tour de Palm Springs, the largest ride of its kind in the Western United States.
“The Tour is just a great opportunity to do good things for good people, and have lots of fun doing it,” says Don Rossignol, Managing Broker, Windermere’s Rancho Mirage office.
Tour de Palm Springs is an annual event which raises money for an impressive roster of non-profit Coachella Valley organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Animal Samaritans, Desert AIDS Project, Martha’s Kitchen, Palm Desert YMCA, and Pegasus Riding Academy. Last year, the Tour raised more than $225,000 for local charities. For more information, go to www.TourDePalmSprings.com.
Windermere this year celebrates its 10th year in the Coachella Valley, and proudly recognizes David Cantwell, Managing Broker of Palm Springs Main, the first Windermere Coachella Valley office. Still in its original location at 850 N. Palm Canyon, this office and its agents set the pace for the success to follow. Today, Windermere Coachella Valley offices number 19, blanketing the valley from Palm Springs to Indio, including Garner Valley and Lake Arrowhead. In addition to its fully-staffed locations, clients take advantage of onsite offices at a number of the most prestigious developments in the desert, including Indian Wells Country Club (Indian Wells), Morningside and The Springs (Rancho Mirage), and Deep Canyon Tennis Club (Palm Desert).
“We set the bar pretty high. We knew we were building something very special when we opened our first office,” said Bob Deville of Bennion & Deville Fine Homes, Inc. and co-owner, Windermere Southern California. “I don’t think anybody could have guessed that in just ten years we would be where we are today. It’s very rewarding, and at the same time very humbling.”
The Palm Springs Main office, now home base to about 80 agents, was the first to employ a full-time non-competing Managing Broker to provide an additional layer of customer service and agent support, one of the key features credited for Windermere’s success. “The market in those early days was much more rapid than today,” says David Cantwell, Managing Broker. “There wasn’t yet any indication of the downturn the national market experienced. The Coachella Valley was one of the last markets in California to slow down. And now, we’re at the cutting edge of the recovery. We haven’t seen this much movement, this level of excitement in years.”
What does the future hold for Windermere? “We’re going to continue providing our legendary brand of customer service and products,” says Deville. “Clearly, we’re doing it right.”
Each year, Coachella Valley dons its finest evening wear and pays homage to its Hollywood roots by welcoming filmdom’s finest directors, producers and actors to the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Held over a ten-day period (this year January 5-16) and now in its 23rd year, the Festival is recognized as a major player in the world of cinema, offering a sophisticated, high profile venue for hundreds of films, many from first time independent artists and studios. Windermere recognizes the many benefits of being host to an event as important and prestigious as the Festival, and for 2012 continues its sponsorship at the Platinum level. “There are a multitude of reasons so many have chosen to make their first and second homes here in the Coachella Valley,” says Bob Deville, co-owner, Windermere Southern California. “One of the greatest of these is our incredible diversity of lifestyles, social and recreational opportunities. The Palm Springs International Film Festival spotlights an important facet of our appeal: a broad range of entertainment options and personal interests. When the Festival and other grand events bring visitors to Palm Springs and its neighboring communities, they fall in love with this place. They have done so for decades, and with all we have to offer, that’s not going to change.” Among the many characteristics continuing to draw people to the Valley, Deville credits a strong real estate market which includes affordable prices in every range, an exceptional inventory of properties from weekend condo to million dollar estates, and savvy buyers and sellers who more than ever recognize the desert’s great opportunities. “It’s a wonderful place to live, to work, and play,” says Deville. “There’s a strong sense of community which ties us all together here.” Windermere and its agents are noted for support of important local services; individual agents devote time, effort and money to a multitude of causes important to them, and entire offices join together throughout the year for various causes. “Windermere appreciates the opportunity to support the Palm Springs International Film Festival each year, in part, because we advance many of the same causes, including one of the most vital: educational and enrichment programs tailored for the Coachella Valley.” Proceeds from the PSIFF help to fund scholarships to low income students.
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Windermere Real Estate Southern California is synonymous with community service in the Coachella Valley. Windermere offices sponsor a great number of causes throughout the year, and individual agents contribute their own time, money and effort to myriad other agencies, services and interests. With involvement by agents from Windermere’s La Quinta, Old Town La Quinta, Indian Wells Main, and Indian Wells Country Club offices, Windermere Real Estate is sponsoring a special screening of the documentary, ‘The Wrecking Crew’, about the musicians who played with the greatest musical stars of the 60s: The Mamas and the Papas…The Beach Boys…Cher…and Elvis Presley…all backed by this Los Angeles Sessions musicians group. Though the documentary has earned international awards and critical acclaim, distribution costs have kept the film from market. Proceeds from the Windermere presentation will go toward licensing so the film can be enjoyed by those whose lives were touched by this music. 50/50 raffle tickets benefiting the Windermere Foundation will be sold during the event, with prizes to include musical items signed by Crew members. The Windermere Foundation is one of the ways Windermere agents give back to their communities–funded with a contribution from every Windermere real estate transaction, the Foundation raises money for programs and organizations that provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those in need.
The event, being held Sunday, January 29th in the main ballroom upstairs at the Indian Wells Country Club, begins at 6:00 with a Meet and Greet and cash bar, with screening at 7:00. On hand to represent the many artists in the film will be Denny Tedesco, producer/director, and three members of the Wrecking Crew: Bill Pitman, ‘Master of the Danelectro Guitar’ (Wild Wild West TV theme); Don Randi, who played piano for both Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s Las Vegas performances; and Hal Blaine, whose drumming marked such recognizable hits as Paul Revere and the Raiders ‘Cherokee Nation’.
Tickets ($15 General and $10 for Seniors) are available online, Click Here.
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Each year, Realtors® with the North County Association of Realtors lend support for a one-day food drive at area grocery stores to benefit The Community Resource Center, an organization dedicated to helping women and children, individuals, and families live safe, self-sufficient lives by providing critical assistance in the areas of domestic violence services, food programs, and emergency and transitional housing assistance.
This year, the Solana Beach Windermere office got involved by sponsoring and staffing a ‘Can Tree Holiday Food Drive’ at the Solana Beach Vons, the first time this site has been utilized in the 11-year history of the event. According to event organizers, Windermere’s Vons location was the busiest site this year, collecting the most donations from local shoppers. “Part of our Vision at Windermere,” explained Brent Consedine, Branch Manager for the Solana Beach Windermere office, “ is to be an integral part of the communities we serve. This event enabled our agents to demonstrate that commitment…and we had fun, too.”
Windermere agents love to jump in and support their communities. They’re involved year round, both with formal Windermere fundraising events, and with time, effort and money contributed to their own personal projects. Dave Whitson, Windermere La Quinta agent (47-250 Washington Street) and Delta Sierra RV Club Toys for Tots Co-Chair, is proud of the unmatched success of this year’s Toys for Tots Drive, held December 10 at the Outdoor Resorts RV Resort in Indio.
This is the second year Windermere has taken part by collecting new toys for the program at a number of its offices across the Coachella Valley. Participating offices included Palm Springs Main, Palm Springs South, Palm Springs Midtown, Cathedral City, Palm Desert San Pablo, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and Indio. The evening’s highlights included an introduction of Veterans, prize drawings, and the opportunity for the ladies to ‘Dance With a Marine’ for a $5 contribution to the Toys for Tots Drive. The dances and the raffles contributed thousands of dollars more to the kitty, donations which will enable the Drive to purchase even more toys for deserving kids this year. Attended by over 300 people, the event was sponsored by the Marine Corps, Windermere Real Estate, Delta Sierra, Outdoor Resorts Indio and Desert Shores Resort, and WalMart. Dave Whitson, co-host and MC for the evening, welcomed four young Marines representing Toys for Tots from 29 Palms Marine Corps Base, and later, everybody was treated to a wonderful dinner. But the main focus of attention in the room was the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, surrounded by just some of the 2,000+ gifts collected for this year’s Toys for Tots Drive. “This was the most successful drive we have had in 9 years,” says Dave. “There were so many toys the Marines had to come back Sunday with a second truck…and 800 of the toys were collected and donated by Windermere agents.” Bob Deville, co-owner, Windermere Southern California, added, “We’re thrilled to participate again this year in the Toys for Tots Drive. Helping to give kids great holiday memories really brings the season home.”
Windermere’s Wendy Forrester (Solana Beach office at 124 Lomas Santa Fe) went the distance, walking 60 miles in 3 days…all the way to downtown San Diego. Wendy met her Susan G. Komen ’3-Day for the Cure’ fundraising goal, and joined 5,000 others marching in pink across the finish line. “I appreciate your past support, and I’m honored that so many have donated again this year,” she said. Wendy, a cancer survivor herself, was proud to be a part of the celebration. Net proceeds from the 3-Day are invested in breast cancer research and community programs. “I’ve survived this, and now I want to help others. I walked in the 3-Day because I can.”
At its recent business meeting, agents and staff at Windermere’s Indio office at 81-703 Highway 111 showed solid support in the drive to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. Aside from showing off their fabulous fashion sense and happy sunshine smiles, Windermere agents are known for getting behind a variety of community issues, supporting services and programs across the Coachella Valley. Click here for a roster of agents at the Windermere Indio office.
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This weekend, agents from our Windermere La Quinta office (47-250 Washington Street) and Old Town office (78-065 Main Street, Suite 100) are helping to bring a little history to Lake Cahuilla Park! In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the La Quinta Museum is presenting a re-enactment of four Civil War battles.
Windermere Southern California is one of the local sponsors of this exciting event, and admission is FREE. Click here for more information.
Check it out in this bit from the La Quinta Cove newsletter:
“The year 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. To commemorate this, the City of La Quinta, the La Quinta Museum, Historical Society, Riverside County, and several corporate sponsors will sponsor a unique weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see scores of members of the American Civil War Society come to Lake Cahuilla and literally set up camp and fight some battles. In addition, the encampment will have hospital, chow wagons, and other elements common to the Civil War.
On Saturday (19th) the park opens to the public for FREE at 9:00 a.m. and battles will be “fought” with cannons and muskets at 11:30 and 3:00. The park will close at 5:00 that day.
On Sunday (20th) the park is open from 9-3:00, with church services at 9:00 and battles at 11:00 and 2:00. Each battle will be different. Guests are invited to ask questions of the “soldiers” to learn even more about this critical period in our nation’s history.
Also, vendors will offer food and souvenirs. Don’t miss this truly historic event…bring the kids and the cousins and the neighbors. Remember, it’s free!
One of the many important distinctions between Windermere and other real estate companies is the presence of a full-time, dedicated NON-COMPETING Managing Broker in each of its offices. This means that agents, whether relative newcomers or 20-year veterans, have a knowledgeable go-to source for additional guidance and insight. It’s important work…and these Managing Brokers take their responsibilities very seriously.
That being said, once in a while these hard-working Windermerians have been known to allow themselves an occasional silly moment…as shown here in a snap taken last month at the California Desert Association of Realtors (CDAR) event with Franklin Loan Center.
Just in case you don’t recognize these two without their serious hats on, that’s Sandi Richardson, Managing Broker of the Palm Desert Cook/Hovley office, and Marilyn Bauer, Managing Broker of the Palm Desert San Pablo office.
Roy’s Desert Resource Center of Palm Springs, which aids Coachella Valley’s homeless, is bracing itself for severe cutbacks expected by the end of the year. The County of Riverside, as well as most of the member cities in the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) are forced to cut back $400,000 each year from the $2M annual budget; Desert Hot Springs has been forced to withdraw its contribution completely.
Tor Buck, an agent with Windermere’s Palm Springs South office at 2465 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 605, contributes considerable time and effort to the Friends of Roy’s Foundation, a community support group for this increasingly important desert resource. Tor notes that Friends of Roy’s is stepping in to raise funds to help make up for the annual shortfall. Jewish Family Services, which administers Roy’s Desert Resource Center, has had to cut back from 135 beds to 100 beds, at a time when the community’s needs are increasing.
“By joining with other community organizations in support of Roy’s, we plan to increase awareness of Roy’s mission. Roy’s is an invaluable asset to the Valley, working against great odds to aid individuals and entire families,” says Tor. “By working together, we can offer Roy’s clients the opportunity to return to satisfying and productive lives.”
Join in supporting Roy’s by registering for a unique experience: The Palm Desert Century Bike Ride on Saturday, November 12. The Ride will consist of 20, 32, 50, 60, 70 and 100 mile turnarounds, with donations benefiting Roy’s. Ride will start and finish at 74-902 University Park in Palm Desert. Don’t ride? Friends of Roy’s still needs volunteers to work the water-rest stations, parking lot, set-up/tear down, etc.
For a map and additional information, or to volunteer to help, contact Tor Buck at 760-969-3119 or Tor@WindermereSoCal.com.
“Our valley’s homeless face a serious issue which, unfortunately, continues to grow,” said Bob Deville, co-owner, Windermere Southern California. “Windermere and its agents have long been a supporter of Roy’s Desert Resource Center, and we applaud and support Tor and Friends of Roy’s in these efforts.”
Windermere has opened the doors to its new office at 27941 La Paz Road, Suite A with a grand opening event Laguna Niguel will be talking about for a long time to come. With its vast expanses of glass and upscale furnishings, the space has an exhilarating, open feel that brings Laguna Niguel’s wonderful climate and coastal ambiance inside.
Windermere agents and staff enjoyed giving tours to an appreciative and constant flow of eager clients, public officials and visitors, who happily mingled while enjoying wine, margaritas, and a colorful buffet of exceptional specialties prepared by Windermere’s next door neighbor, Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant. On hand for the ribbon-cutting festivities were Laguna Niguel Mayor, Gary Capata; Kirk Lapple, Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the County of Orange, the California Assembly, Senate, and House of Representatives.
“We’re gratified beyond words for the warm welcome we’ve received from the City of Laguna Niguel,” said Bob Deville, co-owner, Windermere SoCal. “From day one, we knew we’d made the right decision moving into the Laguna Niguel Marketplace. Our Windermere agents are reputed for providing legendary customer service to their Buyers and Sellers, and Laguna Niguel locals clearly appreciate what we have to offer. We’re looking forward to a long and happy relationship with this great city.”