Stirling Properties commercial real estate company is pleased to announce that it has raised $53,000 for nonprofit organizations in the Gulf South region through its 5th Annual Stirling Olympics. Today, representatives from Next Generation and The Learning Tree were presented with checks for $26,500 each.
Next Generation helps facilitate student-initiated weekly lunch clubs on Junior and Senior high school campuses and uses these clubs as avenues to connect students to local mentors. Facilitators in these clubs provide a safe place on campus for students to receive help with real-life issues and discuss these topics with adult mentors. During group discussions, the facilitators cover a wide range of information relating to issues that teenagers face such as bullying, suicide, violence, drug abuse, relationship struggles, excellence in education, and human trafficking. Programs are in place in 8 Louisiana parishes – Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, and Tangipahoa and in 2 Mississippi counties – Hancock and Harrison.
The Learning Tree provides educational, residential, and support services for more than 600 children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism, from more than 30 counties across Alabama. Programs are designed to help children lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives, as well as helping families face the challenges of autism and other developmental disabilities.
The donations are proceeds from Stirling Properties’ 2017 Stirling Olympics, an annual company-wide fundraising effort for local charitable causes. The event, hosted by the company’s Stewardship Committee, was held at Coquille Parks and Recreation in Covington. During the Stirling Olympics, employees are divided into teams that compete against one another in a day of silly games, quirky competitions, and team-building relay races, all with the ultimate goal of raising money. Fidelity Bank, Smoothie King, and Whole Foods Market were on hand to provide food and beverages for the participants. Heartfelt thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters who have generously contributed to Stirling Olympics this year.