Our Community October 14, 2019

Yard Sale to End Alzheimer’s is COLOSSAL SUCCESS



Originally published Oct 14, 2019

ERA Martin Associates Holds Yard Sale to End Alzheimer’s


ERA Martin Associates held their 3rd annual Yard Sale to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 28, 2019. The Yard Sale was part of ERA’s seasonal efforts to raise money in support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which takes place in Salisbury this year on Saturday, November 2 at The MAC Center. ERA agents and staff, led by coordinator Laurie Cannon, Realtor with ERA, worked tirelessly to make the fundraiser a huge success.


(Several hours into the YARD SALE to END Alzheimer’s, the shoppers and Team were going strong!)


Team ERA has participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for more than ten years and reached a pinnacle of success as a Top 5 ranked fundraising team in the state of Maryland in 2018. As both the team and fundraising efforts have grown, ERA Martin Associates has found new ways to bring awareness and collect donations for the cause. In 2017, Team ERA held their first Yard Sale to End Alzheimer’s. Now in its third year, the event has not only grown in scale and popularity; it has become a well-organized and planned production.


(Setting up for the YARD SALE to END Alzheimer’s)


For months leading up to the event, ERA’s agents and staff begin promoting and collecting donated items. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Real Estate Title & Escrow acted as Sponsors for the Yard Sale, donating materials and table rentals. Cubes Storage to Go in Fruitland donated the use of three Cubes to store items before the event. From furniture to electronics to décor and clothing, and even some kitchen appliances, all types of items were donated. “Our Realtors meet people every day who are preparing to move or clean out a home. With our Yard Sale, we were able to help our friends, family, and clients clear out unwanted items and support an important cause,” said Bill Martin, Broker of ERA Martin Associates. Pickup was arranged for furniture and other large items, making it easy for people to donate.


(Bill Martin helps Rusty with one of the many large donations)


The day of the Yard Sale began before the sun came up, and a group of ERA agents, their family members, staff, and even some friends arrived early to set up. By noon most items were sold. ERA made arrangements with HALO (Hope & Life Outreach) for any unsold items to be used at their Thrift Store. Once the monies were counted, ERA had raised over $3400 for the Alzheimer’s Association with the Yard Sale efforts alone! “It was a great feeling to see our team and our community come together and for this event to be such a success!” said ERA Martin Associates President Joni Williamson. “Everyone contributed where they were able; the spirit of collaboration and everyone working toward the same goal was amazing.”


(All smiles from the amazing crew of agents, support staff, family, and friends that helped to make this year’s yard sale a colossal success!)


This year, Team ERA has set an overall goal to raise $20,000 for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “It’s a lofty goal, but we are already halfway there with the success of the Yard Sale,” said Bill Martin. “Alzheimer’s Disease has touched almost everyone I know in some way or another, which is why we are out here every year raising money and awareness and hoping for a cure.” To make a donation to Team ERA’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising efforts or learn more about our cause, please visit http://tiny.cc/TeamERA.