Baltimore, MD (May 8, 2013) – More than 160 NAIOP Maryland members volunteered their time at the Chapter’s Community Service Project, held on May 3 at the Living Classrooms Foundation’s Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center in Baltimore City. The commercial real estate professionals spent the day assembling benches, picnic tables and kayak racks, as well as creating a natural playground and performing trail clean-up activities.

More than $26,000 was raised from sponsorships and participation fees, with the money used to purchase the supplies and materials needed for the construction projects at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center. Nearly $8,000 was also donated to help fund repairs and improvements to the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, a Baltimore City organization that supports the academic and social development of disadvantaged youth. 

“This was the most successful Community Service Project ever organized by NAIOP Maryland in terms of dollars raised and the number of volunteers participating,” explained Brendan Gill of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services who, together with Connie Rhodes, of Rhodes Development Co-Chaired the event. “In a relative short period of time, our team performed hundreds of man hours of improvements to the environmental center. In addition, due to the generosity of the event’s participants and sponsors, we were able to raise enough money to complete construction projects at the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center that will benefit the kids in Baltimore City for many years to come.”

Masonville Cove consists of 70 acres of water and 54 acres of clean-up wetlands, nature trails and a protected bird sanctuary. It offers the perfect setting for school children and educators to connect with their natural environment and participate in meaningful projects.

Merritt Properties captured the Team Spirit Award and was also a Platinum sponsor of the Community Service program. Gold sponsors were Colliers International; Corporate Office Properties Trust; First Potomac Realty Trust and St. John Properties.

Silver sponsors were CBRE; Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard; Commercial Settlement Services; Continental Realty Corporation; Cushman & Wakefield; Duke Realty; Heritage Properties; Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; Klein Enterprises; Knott Realty Group; Lee & Associates; Liberty Property Trust; MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services; The Mullan Contracting Company; Pinkard Properties; The O’Ferrall Group and Wilhelm Commercial Builders. 

Specialty sponsors were Allied Barton Security Services and Charm City Concierge, which sponsored lunch and Liberty Property Trust and Stewart Title which sponsored the post-event Happy Hour.