A big thank you for joining us at the 2017 Client movie morning on Saturday for the premiere screening of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Braving the cold for some treats, prizes, and an excellent movie. Big thanks to the fans coming out in some great costumes, you looked great!
Clients also donated to the Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation raising a total of $500 at this event to bring our company total to $350,000 over the past number of years. Thanks for your support and generosity.
We hope you had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to seeing you in our next event!
Happy holidays…. and until next time…. May the force be with you!
The Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the Star Wars universe, greatly expanding the director’s command over the ever-expanding space saga created by George Lucas.
2017 Pumpkin Patch, Thank You Vancouver For Your Support!.
This past weekend at our annual Pumpkin Patch Fund Raiser Event, we raised $2500 towards cancer research and treatment options (BC Cancer Foundation) and for Trafalgar Elementary School. You and your neighbours came out by the hundreds to get a fright, pick your favourite pumpkin(s), eat popcorn, cupcakes and play with dozen of halloween toys and monsters to support this great event. Over 300 pumpkins were chosen and a good time had by all!
See more photos and view our eye in the sky of the event below:
This summer we had the wonderful opportunity of making another visit and donation to the Viengping Children’s Home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This orphanage is a non-profit organization mainly run by volunteers to house children that do not have a home to grow up in or parents who love them. This is a home for orphans, abandoned children, HIV infected children. Ages range from newborn to 18 years of age. The school helps about 400 children at any given point in time with 140 of them living onsite, and another 260 receiving offsite support in foster (but non-adoptive) homes in the Chiang Mai area. Every year approximately 36 children get adopted all over the world from here. My family and I have met many of them over the years. They track the children and whenever possible have contacts in those countries to visit the children in their new homes to check up on them. They do great work and the team and I are proud to be sponsors of the Viengping Children’s Home.
On August 26th and 27th Adam and I once again had the pleasure of participating in the annual Ride To Conquer Cancer. Over two days we rode from Vancouver to Seattle covering 250km over varied terrain and some surprises. We had great weather this year with some good heat and thoroughly enjoyed the Red Truck beer at camp in Mt. Vernon after conquering the Chuckanut Highway out of Bellingham. Camp has some excellent, nutritious food and they managed to link up to the McGregor/Mayweather match for some great entertainment. We were in the blue tent! Day 2 is always the hardest with the endless number of hills that need to be climbed as we approached Seattle. They just keep coming and coming . . . but alas another free cold beer at the finish
Thanks to all of you that supported our fundraising efforts over the past 12 months. You donated at our client parties, movie mornings, silent auctions, and directly online. Along with 2000 other riders, we helped raise $8.3 million this year towards cancer research and treatment options at the BC Cancer Foundation. Over the past nine years the Ride To Conquer Cancer has helped raise $85.3 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. Team Pospischil Realty, through your generous support, has proudly contributed over $320,000 to this total over the past 8 years.
As a cancer survivor myself I know the challenges cancer patients and their families face in their journey through diagnoses, treatments, and the roller coaster of emotions towards the finish line. Our annual ride reminds me personally of my past challenges and enables me, and those that joined us through their support, to help push the boundaries of research and treatments to help those on the journey today, and in the future. And perhaps one day we can celebrate a victory in a cure to cancer.
We have signed up for the 2018 Ride To Conquer Cancer which is affectionately being called “The Ride for Hope” as next year’s ride will be from Vancouver to Hope! Should be fun. We have just setup our donations page and welcome any online donations through the new golden link on our home page at www.pospischilrealty.com
Once on the Ride site under Team Roster, click either Marty or Adam to go to donations page
This year’s Community Pumpkin Patch was a great success raising over $2500 for cancer research and treatment options and Trafalgar Elementary School.4 large bins of pumpkins were completely sold out while smiles and excited children filled the forum!Scary monsters,the scary albino witch, fresh-made popcorn, chocolate milk, banana bread, and Halloween toys were popular distractions once that favourite pumpkin was chosen and bagged.
Check out our ‘Jupiter’ drone flight over the patch and photos of the event!
Congratulations to 2 year old lettuce farmer Finn Chandler, winner of the 2016 Growing Your Greens Contest. Finn and his family will be treated to Dinner on Team Pospischil with a $150 gift certificate to Joey’s Restaurant. Thanks to Finn’s Mom Tracy for helping him email his pictures and supplying this delicious recipe!
Finn Chandler, Champion Lettuce Farmer
Mixed Green Salad Serves 8
with Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe
If making in advance for a party, do not add the dressing until you are ready to serve. The recipe makes more salad dressing than is required for the salad. Ingredients
*4 ounces whole pecans
*Tbsp butter, melted * 1 Tbsp sugar * 3/4 cup olive oil * 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar * 2 Tbsp honey mustard * 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon) * 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes * Salt & pepper to taste * 1 lb mixed salad greens, including fresh baby spinach * 4 ounces goat cheese * 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries * 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, & cut into 1″-2″ thin slices
Method 1 Preheat oven to 300°F. Put the pecans in a bowl, sprinkle the melted butter over them, and toss until they are all well coated with butter. Then sprinkle the pecans with sugar and gently toss again until they are lightly coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the coated pecans out over it in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to touch.
2 Place the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey mustard, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes in a jar, cover and shake until the dressing is well mixed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3 Place the salad greens and spinach in a large bowl. Add the goat cheese, dried cranberries, red bell pepper, and pecans. Toss with 1/4 cup of the dressing. Serve immediately. Chill remaining dressing.
Keep your recipes coming: we’ll be sharing them here, on your Team Pospicshil community page
Marty Pospischil’s success in real estate has allowed him and his team to continue their philanthropic efforts.
As seen in BCBusiness July 2015 issue
A realtor’s weekdays are filled with client meetings, negotiations, drafting contracts and late nights; and their weekends aren’t any easier with more meetings and countless open houses to attend. The truth is, realtors must be on their game seven days a week. But despite their busy schedules many of them still manage to find time to support worthy causes—some very close to their hearts. On top of the work of running a real estate office that sells 100 homes a year, Marty Pospischil—a real estate professional since 1993—also finds time to cycle 200 km a week. He needs to stay in shape for the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 250-km ride from Vancouver to Seattle. Over the past five years, his office has contributed $300,000 to this fundraiser for the BC Cancer Agency, and this year, 12 people from his office have committed to the ride.
Pospischil, who was diagnosed and treated for cancer in 1990, says the event is an inspiring challenge. He and his team at Dexter Associates Realty fundraise all year, with wine-tasting seminars and other community and sporting events at which people can donate money. “It’s really amazing to experience the support we get from our clients because everybody’s been touched by cancer,” says Pospischil.
While his office supports a long list of organizations, there are three that stand out: the Ride to Conquer Cancer, the Pumpkin Patch at Trafalgar Elementary and the Viengping Orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The Pumpkin Patch is an annual Halloween fair, which raises between $1,500 and $2,000 for the school. As for Viengping Orphanage, Pospischil and his wife, Kunlaya, first visited the orphanage on a trip to her native country in 1994, and now they return every two years to make donations. These funds have been used for much-needed items such as water filtration systems, desks, beds and kitchen appliances.
Noting that his office is able to support these great causes because his team sells so many homes, Pospischil has worked tirelessly to ensure the sales keep coming. In fact, he used his engineering background to develop unique systematic approaches to marketing, which has proven to be effective.
Eighty per cent of his sales are repeat or referred clients—a direct result of the marketing plan. For every listing, from entry-level condos to $16-million homes, his team uses a 38-point marketing strategy, which includes flyers to every office in the market area, emails to 4,000 people in his database, marketing brochures and listings on about a dozen different websites. He also developed a system called Back Office, which tracks all information related to a property, including calls, feedback from viewings and contact information for interested parties. Clients can view all of this information online to see how the office is handling their listing.
“We can generate competition because we’ve got a database of people to call,” says Pospischil. “It’s actually enabled us to get above-market prices. In some cases we’ve had up to 20 offers on one property. It’s a big exciting part of our business and how we do so well for our clients.”
And when Pospischil’s clients reap the rewards of his hard work, so do the great causes he and his team supports.
This past October, Team Pospischil held its annual Trafalgar Pumpkin Patch for the hundreds of families and children on the Westside. this year over 300 pumpkins were sold raising $2205. 100% of the monies raised were donated, 50% to the BC Cancer Foundation and 50% to Trafalgar Elementary School. Our most successful Pumpkin Patch to date!
Thank you westside for supporting us and a good cause!