National Garage Sale for Shelter Raises More than $400,000 in Support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

Every dollar raised supports local women’s shelters and programs to end family violence

TORONTO, May 26, 2011 – Who could have imagined that selling old dishes, unwanted furniture and outgrown toys could save a woman’s life and give a young person the chance for a brighter future?

Yet on May 14, 2011, Royal LePage offices across the country hosted the 3rd Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter and did just that. Thanks to their dedication, creativity and hard work, and the support of local community members, the event set a new record by raising more than $400,000 in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

“Because of the funds raised at the National Garage Sale for Shelter, women and children who have experienced family violence have a safe place to stay, a refuge from the worry and fear,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “Each year, this event raises awareness of the issue of family violence and shows that we can all make a difference.”

Every dollar raised at the National Garage Sale for Shelter supports local women’s shelters, as well as prevention and education programs to help stop the cycle of family violence. One hundred percent of funds raised in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation goes directly to the cause because Royal LePage underwrites the administrative costs.

A special thank you goes out to our extraordinary sponsors: TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists (National Presenting sponsor), Atlas Van Lines Canada (In-kind Moving and Transportation sponsor) and Advance Commission Company of Canada (Major Event sponsor). Their generous support and unparalleled commitment to our cause made this event possible.

“Helping You Is What We Do™ is not just a tagline, it is our corporate philosophy and it translates into a collective commitment to giving back to the community,” said Phil Soper, President and Chief Executive of Royal LePage. “Royal LePage professionals are tireless in their efforts to create safer homes and safer communities through the Shelter Foundation and the National Garage Sale for Shelter.”

About the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children. Through agent commission contributions and the fundraising activities of the Royal LePage network, we have raised $12 million to help provide a safe haven and new beginnings to more than 30,000 women and children each year. To break the cycle of violence, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation also supports long-term violence prevention and education programs. All funds raised by Royal LePage offices remain in their local community and because Royal LePage pays the costs of administration, one hundred percent of all money and effort goes toward this important cause.

For more information, visit www.royallepage.ca/shelter.

About Royal LePage

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of 14,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE.

For more information visit www.royallepage.ca or refer to Our Company.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Gotzamanis
Fleishman-Hillard
Office: (416) 598-5788
Cell: (416) 312-6251
michael.gotzamanis@fleishman.ca

Shanan Spencer-Brown
Executive Director
Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
(416) 510-5750
shanansb@royallepage.ca