Giving back: SunTrust/Century 21 parking lot sale raises funds for Relay

Century 21 Real Estate Group and SunTrust Bank associates raised more than $1,200 for Relay for Life during a parking lot sale at their Springbrook Corporate Center complex in April.

Jackie North, Century 21 Real Estate Group marketing director, said a good crowd turned out for bargains that included numerous donated items such as televisions and furniture.

“There were people lined up before we started and even got the items out of the building,” she said. “The majority of furniture, and there was a great deal of it, was bought by one person.”

“There was not a lot of clothing, but there were kitchen items and televisions donated by MainStay Suites, and we sold every one of them,” North said. “Any items left over were taken to All Creatures Thrift Store to benefit the Blount County Humane Society.”

Agents spent time volunteering at the sale throughout the day. “They were coming and going all day because a lot of them were working it in between their open houses,” she said.

North said SunTrust brought out their popcorn machine and the Coca-Cola distributor brought out a Coke trailer.

North said broker Wanda Garrison with Century 21 Real Estate Group is a cancer survivor who is now in remission. “She has been our inspiration for all this,” North said. North said that while this is the first year the office has done a parking lot sale, the office has participated in Relay for Life for years.

Jan Maness, Century 21 Real Estate Group owner/broker, said her staff is enthusiastic about Relay for Life. “We’ve probably got four or five cancer survivors in our office. Cancer touches all of us, and this is about giving back,” Maness said. “The community has been very, very good to us so we have an obligation, and it is joy to us to give back.

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