Karen Garrett

The things that matter- Helping After Harvey

Everything that we do at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is about home and family. It's the passion of every one of our agents and at the core of who we are as a company. When there is a crisis like Hurricane Harvey, it hits at the nerve of who we are, personally and professionally. 

As we all know, water in a home causes wide spread damage not just to the structure and systems of a home, but can pose health risks as well. With the catastrophic flooding in Texas, there will be so much work to do in the coming weeks and months for our friends and colleagues in Texas, as they try to put their lives and homes back together. Imagine how many contractors will be needed to make these repairs and how difficult it will be to find a good one! Those will be challenges that homeowners face as the flood waters subside and people return to safety. Today though, we can help in our own small ways. 

Help Disaster Relief Efforts: At The Shanahan Group, our parent company Realogy is coordinating donations to the American Red Cross to support their disaster relief efforts in Texas though their charitable foundation. Through this effort launched this week, the Foundation has already surpassed its initial fundraising and matching goals. Donations can be made using this link: http://bit.ly/RealogyRedCrossFund

We also know that in addition to supplies provided by the Red Cross and other organizations, there is a serious need for diapers for families displaced by the storm. Disaster relief agencies do not supply diapers and there is critical need among families that have been displaced by the storm. The Texas Diaper Bank has issued an urgent request for donations, so that they can continue to provide diaper kits to these families. To donate to the Texas Diaper Bank, use the following link: http://bit.ly/HarveyTexasDiaperBank

Finally, we are thinking of our colleagues at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in Houston. Many of their agents and staff have lost so much- homes, cars, clothing. They have also established a fund to help their agents and staff begin to rebuild. (http://bit.ly/BHGREGG)

These are just a few of the ways that our agents have chosen to help. The important thing is that we help- pick a good, well-respected charity and give what you can.

At the end of the day, families and homes are what's most important, the foundations of our health and happiness. It's why we are in this business and why it's so important that we support the process of recovering and rebuilding in Texas. 

 

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    Midnight Madness at The Shanahan Group!

    Midnight Madness comes to BHGRE The Shanahan Group!

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Shanahan Group is excited to open its doors for this year’s Midnight Madness in Winchester on Monday, 11/30/15 starting at 6 PM. We will be showcasing several local artisans, supplying a physical storefront right on Thompson Street so they can join in on this fun annual tradition – similar to a Winter Farmer’s Market right in our own office! Joining us that evening are the following merchants:

    • Kelly Bennett, Rodan & Fields Skincare Consultant: https://kellyrbennett.myrandf.com
    • Denise Konicek, Quilts and Tilework: deelightfulquilts.com
    • Checka Antifonario, Childrens’ Meditation CDs: http://www.checkayoga.com/Shop.html
    • Katy Downey, Padmala Jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/PadmalaShop/
    • Sara Brown, Sara’s Creative Costumes (homemade childrens’ costumes)
    • Debbie Taylor Smith, A Simply Sassy Design (Scarves & Glass / Wood serving pieces)
    • Lynch Elementary Go Direct Fundraising, (Cookbooks, Phone Covers)

    Just added! Preppy Personals will join us from 9-10PM. Custom printing and so much more! www.preppypersonals.com

    Come support small, local business and stop by to see us at 41 Thompson Street!

    Thank you to Dara Singleton for organizing our Midnight Madness effort!

    Gobble, Gobble!!

    It's time for Turkey! 

    It's that time of year again at Better Homes and Gardens The Shanahan Group! Plans are being finalized now for the 5th annual Kids Turkey Trot. It's amazing that it's been five years and we couldn't be happier to organize this great event for such an amazing cause. 

    Five summers ago, Nan and I were watching my sons taking a tennis lesson (thanks, WinRec!) and talking about fall plans for the office. We knew we wanted to host an event but not sure what or when. We got talking about having a fun run on Thanksgiving, like other towns have annually. Nan suggested we start one here. Well, after a little research, we quickly realized that might be too big a task to take on for the fall. So we scaled down a bit and kept it for the kids- particularly the little ones. Through our connections to FAN (I was the current membership chair and Paula Sughrue had previously filled that role), we had the perfect audience. Our colleague Lulu Coakley has been a huge supporter of the Bridget Brigade and we knew that they would be a perfect cause for our event. And so it was born! 

    I remember standing there after the first Trot was finished and being amazed at our turnout (we really thought it might be the Sughrue, Garrett and Coakley kids that first year!). Even at the 2013 TT, when our pens stopped working and all of our balloons popped with the frigid temps, we had a huge crowd! 

    We are honored to host the event again this year and always share lots of giggles and fun along the way. Thank you again to all of our partners and sponsors for helping us make the Turkey Trot come alive every year. On a day when we stop to give thanks for our blessings, we are happy to start the morning with our friends and neighbors, supporting a cause that helps families care for their sick children. 

    Online registration is now open and... this year our Turkey is now on Twitter and Instagram #TurkeyTrot2015! Follow us to see how things come together and for race day pictures.  

    Hope to see you this Thanksgiving!

    Gobble Gobble!

    Your 2015 Turkey Trot Committee:

    Paula Sughrue

    Lulu Coakley

    Rebecca Brennan-Laird

    Molly Byrne

    Nic Gatto

    Karen Garrett

    Dara Singleton

    Felicity Tuttle

    Melissa Perrone