By Gail Chrzan, Senior Vice President, Blue and Obrecht Realty, LLC
The Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was staging a gala with the Governor of Maryland in three days, when a water line in their office broke and destroyed everything. The non-profit group was in immediate need of approximately 2,500 square feet of space to support this event, as well as to serve a longer-term use. I also happened to be aware of a company that was in search of a sublessee. This space was fully-furnished, including a copy machine and was in move-in condition.
I maintained a relationship with the President of this company, who lived in New Hampshire, mentioned the opportunity with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that I was not familiar with. He was shocked, because he indicated his brother-in-law had been diagnosed with this ailment, and he would do anything to help find a cure. Naturally, he offered his space for sublease at an extremely reduced rate.
We executed a sublease with the consent of the landlord in three days and Cystic Fibrosis moved in at the end of the week, completing a mutually beneficial opportunity.
Subsequently, I was asked to serve on their Board of Directors and have been raising awareness and fighting for a cure to Cystic Fibrosis. This disease has a significant relevance to me, which is why I continue to volunteer with this organization.
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