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Parade of Homes Kickoff Event Raises $40,000 for Kids 'N Community Foundation

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC – Over 200 people attended a kickoff gala for the 2007 Parade of Homes September 19 featuring a silent auction which raised $12,000 for the Kids 'N Community Foundation. Additional donations from professionals involved in the construction of the showcase home at 2005 Pearl Crescent Court brought the total raised for the Foundation to $40,000.
 
The Kids 'N Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Carolina Hurricanes to support organizations and charities that enhance the lives of needy children in North Carolina.
 
"With the start of the hockey season coinciding with the Parade of Homes, we felt timing-wise we could garner a lot of interest and donations," said custom home builder Steven Kjellberg of KJ Construction, Inc., one of the co-hosts of the fundraiser.


Kjellberg and John Griffin from Allen Tate Realtors came up with the idea for the event, which featured financial donations as well as donations of silent auction items from manufacturers, distributors and sub-contractors from within the building community. Some of the items auctioned-off included exclusive spa and beauty treatments, getaway weekends, Zamboni rides, a hot air balloon picnic over North Raleigh, and signed Hurricanes jerseys from the likes of Matt Cullen, Ray Whitney, Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour.
 
"This is a new approach for us, for outside people to raise money for our foundation," said Doug Warf, executive director of the Kids 'N Community Foundation, adding, "It's been a great success thus far."

Last year's major Kids 'N Community Foundation events such as an October golf tournament and February casino night helped raise well over $400,000.
 
"Last year was a peak year for us, but we want to come back this year and be even better," he said. According to Warf, the Foundation has set a goal to donate $500,000 back to the community throughout this coming hockey season.
 
The catered event at the five-bedroom, five-bath home with a pool and five bay basement garage featured classic restored muscle cars, live music by a fireside band, pool side wine tasting and appearances by Hurricanes players Matt Cullen and Mike Commodore, as well as Stormy, the Carolina Hurricanes mascot.

Attendees got to roam throughout the $1.5 million dollar home (www.2005PearlCrescent.com), which was chosen for the event to draw the highest number of visitors and maximize donations.
 
"This is a great cause, we're happy to support the Foundation and make donations to the silent auction," said event attendee Marty Baum of Turnberry Development, which just announced plans for the 320-acre estate community Baldwin Peak in Chatham County.
 
John Griffin said the variety of attendees and number of donations did not surprise him. "The entire real estate and building building community, from the one-man shop to your mega builders, we all take pride in our community and look for opportunities like this to give back," he said.
 
About the Kids 'N Community Foundation
The Kids ‘N Community Foundation was established by the Carolina Hurricanes to support organizations and charities that have a heart to enhance the lives of children in North Carolina The Hurricanes are proud to actively promote, contribute to, and support organizations and individuals who serve the diverse needs of the community in which we all live. Through annual grants and in-kind giving, the Hurricanes strive to be a catalyst for community spirit, pride,and initiative. With more than $6 million in cash and in-kind services going to statewide organizations since the team’s establishment in 1997, the Carolina Hurricanes proudly continue their philanthropic role as a community partner. For more information visit www.carolinahurricanes.com.
 
About KJ Construction, Inc.
After 10 years of business, Steven Kjellberg still prefers to actually work on his projects than to subcontract or just administrate them. Years ago, Steven made a successful transition from high-end remodeling projects to the business of custom home building from the $800's to upward of $2 million. His greatest priority is building a relationship with his homeowners that will out-last the construction process. After all, building someone's residence is a very personal endeavor and that works best if the builder/homeowner relationship is an established trusting relationship. He builds homes that are site specific, using new and innovative products as well as smart building practices that maintain a budget. There are no surprises with KJ Construction; only personal attention, enthusiasm, integrity, and a hands-on work ethic.
 
About Allen Tate Realtors
Founded in 1957, the Allen Tate Company has grown to become the area's #1 real estate company. We have strategically located offices throughout North Carolina and South Carolina and over 1,600 associates to serve you. The entire Allen Tate organization works to fulfill one goal: legendary customer service. It's what has helped us become the largest firm in the region and among the top 10 independent firms in the country, and what keeps our customers coming back. For more information, visit www.allentate.com/johngriffin; for details on 2005 Pearl Crescent Court, visit www.2005PearlCrescent.com.
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