N.J. Real Estate Community Supports March of Dimes, Honors C&W's Gil Medina
More than 150 commercial real estate professionals turned out this week to support the fight for healthy babies and to honor Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.'s Gualberto "Gil" Medina during the March of Dimes annual Real Estate Award Reception and Pynes Putting Challenge. The playoffs for the Putting Challenge and the event took place June 5 at the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills.
The Real Estate Award Reception, which has been recognizing industry leaders since 2000, provides a forum for the March of Dimes to raise awareness about its mission of preventing prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality. The event evolved in 2011 from a breakfast into a golf challenge and cocktail reception bringing together an impressive group of professionals who are committed to improving and protecting maternal and infant health.
"This year, 33 teams participated in the putting challenge and generated more than $40,000 in revenue from the golf portion of the event," said Event Chair Robert Martie, executive vice president of Colliers International NJ, LLC. This was more than three times higher than the previous year. "Kudos to the real estate industry for surrounding and embracing the March of Dimes," he added.
Cushman & Wakefield's New Jersey Senior Managing Director Kim Brennan, who has served for three years on the March of Dimes Real Estate Award committee, introduced Medina at the event. "We thank you for your leadership at work and for the March of Dimes," she said. "You have played a key role in ensuring that this organization continues its work toward preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality."
Medina is executive managing director of Cushman & Wakefield, overseeing the commercial real estate services firm's three New Jersey offices in East Rutherford, Edison and Morristown. An attorney and CPA, he is a well known and respected business leader, and served as New Jersey's Commerce Secretary under the Whitman Administration.
In accepting the awards, Medina quoted Mother Teresa, who said, "‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.' I am extremely proud to receive this award, and I cannot think of a better cause than the March of Dimes."
Erik P. Sletteland, vice president of business development/client services for Structure Tone served as golf chair for this year's event. Sletteland's vision helped to establish the Pynes Golf Challenge, which begins with competition among two-man teams toward the end of May. It culminates in the final match at the prestigious 16,000-square-foot Pynes Putting Course at the USGA Museum, on the afternoon of the March of Dimes Real Estate event.
The 2012 winning team included Tom Walsh and Ed Walsh from the Walsh Companies. They will receive a silver trophy engraved with their company name to hold for one year; a framed proclamation for both, signed by Arnold Palmer, commemorating the win and including their picture holding the trophy; two tickets to the 2013 U.S. Open, compliments of the USGA; and lodging, compliments of Wyndham Worldwide.
Event sponsors included Cushman & Wakefield (platinum); Normandy Real Estate Partners (gold); Century Carpet, Colliers International and Structure Tone (Pynes Challenge); and Kwartler Associates (silver). Benefactors included Gensler, Jovin Demo Incorporated, Spencer Savings Bank, Turner Construction, Unity Construction Services, Prism and Onyx Equities.
Founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to find a cure for polio, the March of Dimes quickly mobilized an enormous volunteer base. Rather than disbanding the group once that original purpose was met, the charity took on a new focus to eliminate birth defects and infant mortality. This widely recognized, highly respected national voluntary health agency will celebrate its 75th year in 2013.
"The real estate event not only contributes significant financial resources, but also brings much-needed attention to our mission," said Carol Roberts, director of special events for the March of Dimes North Jersey Division. "We are so grateful to everyone who found it in their hearts even in tough economic times to help us so much in recent years."