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McColly Foundation Joins The Marine Toys For Tots Program as a Donation Location

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DECEMBER, 2016– McColly Real Estate, on behalf of the McColly Foundation, would like to thank everyone who participated in our Toys for Tots drive. Because of your efforts, the McColly Foundation was able to donate hundreds of toys to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

The unwrapped toy collection began in November, and continued through December 10, 2016. The collection boxes were available at 17 McColly Real Estate offices in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland area. The toys that were collected will be distributed to the children of Porter, Lake and Jasper counties of Indiana and Will and Kankakee counties of Illinois.

If you would like more information about the McColly Foundation, please visit mccollyfoundation.org

Dan Durochik, Celebrity Server at Annual Pink Ribbon Society Tea

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McColly Real Estate’s General Manager, Dan Durochik, volunteered as a first time, celebrity server during the 15th Annual Pink Ribbon Society Breast Cancer Awareness Tea. Over 800 people attended the 2016 Pink Ribbon Society Tea, which was held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN on Sunday September 25th.

The Pink Ribbon society makes it a priority to give back to local communities through various support programs. It is the mission of the Pink Ribbon Society to support men and women in the Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

The Pink Ribbon Society Tea was a huge success and received generous donations to fight against Breast Cancer Awareness. Thank you to all who attended and support the Pink Ribbon Society. Next year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2017.

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McColly Real Estate Welcomes LeadingRE President, Pam O'Connor

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Schererville, IN – October 2016 – McColly Real Estate welcomed Pam O’Connor to speak at a recent company meeting at Innsbrook Country Club on Tuesday, October 18th.

Pam O’Connor serves as president and CEO of Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE.com), a global real estate network with over 550 brokerages firms and 128,000 associates in over 55 countries. Pam has been named one of the top 25 thought leaders by the National Association of Realtors, one of the top 100 most influential people in real estate by Inman News, and the Swanepoel Power 200. She was also recently was recently honored with the Worldwide ERC® Leadership Award.

McColly Real Estate is the exclusive local member in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland of LeadingRE for this by invitation-only network. As a member of this highly respected network, McColly can introduce clients to a great agent to help with vacation home or investment real estate anywhere in the country or the world.

To find homes locally, nationally or globally, or to learn more about the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, visit mccolly.com.

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    McColly Foundation collects 100s of Jars of PB & J

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    Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive 2016

    Schererville, IN – The McColly Foundation and McColly Companies of Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland collected hundreds of jars of PB & J for their Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive held between September 1st and September 30th 2016.

    Thank you for the extreme generosity of staff, agents, clients and community.

    The food collected was donated to the following pantries and shelters in Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland.

    • SOJOURNER TRUTH HOUSE, Gary, IN
      The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is located in Gary and supplies food to over 100 pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter Counties.
    • Together We Cope, Tinley Park, IL
      Together We Cope serves people from 22 South Suburban communities in Bremen, Orland, Palos and Worth townships.
    • Good Neighbor Food Pantry, DeMotte, IN
      The Good Neighbor Food Pantry provides assistance to the DeMotte in Jasper County.

    McColly Real Estate Earns Website Quality Certification

    McColly Real Estate has been awarded the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global community of more than 500 high quality independent real estate firms. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) presents the certification in recognition of excellence in website design and function.

    McColly Real Estate’s website, mccolly.com, earned the certification after receiving high marks in a number of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design and content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. The evaluation was conducted by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm selected by LeadingRE to review the websites of participating members.

    Available only to firms affiliated with LeadingRE, the WQC is awarded based on specific measurements that are updated each year based on the latest in internet marketing strategies and evolving consuming preferences. To maintain the certification, companies must be re-certified every two years.

    “We created the WQC to raise the bar in online marketing and recognize the companies that are demonstrating best practices with their websites,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “The 136 companies that earned the WQC this year have not only mastered the technical components, but they have also shown superiority in providing highly local content, up-to-the-minute information on homes, and responsive customer service.”  

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