Bellevue-based Caliber Real Estate had never coordinated a charity golf tournament before, but its Sept. 30 event to support the Austen Everett Foundation — a nonprofit that helps children with cancer become honorary captains of their favorite sports team for a day — raised $33,700 for the Seattle-based charity.
Caliber CEO Ian Morell, whose 76-agent team also works out of offices in Tacoma and Mountlake Terrace, said Caliber chose the Austen Everett Foundation as a cause it wanted to support. Caliber began Jan. 1 by offering agents the option to contribute $50 from each commission earned for the year, which the company would match. The program got off to a fast start and Morell decided he wanted to do more, taking a swing at a golf tournament.
The event, held at Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville, sold out with 145 players — one more than the usual 144-person maximum. A successful live auction was frosting on the cake.
“It was a huge success,” Morell said, adding that Caliber is likely to make the tournament an annual event.
Combined with three quarters of agent contributions and company matches totaling $15,500, Caliber raised $49,200 for the Austen Everett Foundation through Sept. 30, Morell said.
The foundation is named after Austen Everett, an accomplished women’s soccer player from Seattle who played goalie for the University of Miami when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She died in 2012 at the age of 25, but not before experiencing the power of her team’s support. She wanted to see kids with cancer have access to that same support network. She formed the foundation, the mission of which is to empower kids in their fight against cancer through the strength and support of college and pro teams. The foundation’s Honorary Team Captain Program matches kids with their favorite team for a memorable experience that can include meeting team stars and other thrilling moments to create a “powerfully inspiring memory that they can carry with them through treatment,” according to the foundation.
To learn more about the foundation, visit this website.