Giving in Colorado Springs — Contagious Generosity with the Peak Producers

The Peak Producers Christmas Party 2019

The 2019 Peak Producers Christmas Party was memorable, both for the top Colorado Springs Realtors who are members of the Peak Producers, as well as the partner community organizations for the year – Springs Rescue Mission (represented by Cindy Johnson) and Dream Centers – Mary’s Home (represented by Yvette Maher). The theme for the entire year has been “Contagious Generosity” — inspiring charitable giving in Colorado Springs.

Cherise Selley, who is the 2019 President of the Peak Producers and one of the members who has been there from the beginning, expounded upon their 10-year history, as well as the organization’s charitable efforts during their “Contagious Generosity” campaign — Giving in Colorado Springs. 

Since the inception of Peak Producers in 2009 by Bill McAfee (President of Empire Title Company), the organization has gone through its growth spurts regarding membership size, changing real estate markets, and finding its sweet spot about getting more integrated within the needs of the local Colorado Springs community.

Each year Peak Producers selects a nonprofit organization to connect with financially, as well as to participate with voluntarily. Albeit, Peak Producers has developed a heart to remain connected with the Springs Rescue Mission for the past five years. What’s transpired from this business relationship goes far beyond the typical. For instance, the New Life Work Program was developed to help those who have battled addiction and homelessness. And amazingly, this group of top Colorado Springs Realtors has remained committed to the Springs Rescue Mission every inch of the way.

The Christmas Party included food, drinks, music, cheers, comradely among Colorado Springs Realtors and listening to Marlon Ashford, who was part of the New Life Work Program at the Springs Rescue Mission. Literally walking to Colorado Springs from Canada over 80 days and then living on the streets, Marlon’s riveting story is one of remarkable transformation. Now he is clean of drug addiction and has re-discovered his love of cooking, as he is employed as a Sous-Chef at one of our local hotels/resorts. The New Life Work Program and the help of Peak Producers offered him that “hands-up” help to get a clean slate about living his life. Now he is very involved with helping others to overcome addiction and to achieve successful, independent living.

As Cherise Selley spoke from the podium, she pointed out that her greatest observation as a leader regarding the success of the Peak Producers over the years is that this organization of top business people has grown in love towards fellow agents from different brokerages, and that this love has overflowed into the Colorado Springs community. Cherise commented further, “Our identity has been formed by using our influence and prosperity to make this city better.”

The event was sparked by an unspoken enthusiasm about how much money was actually raised during the “Contagious Generosity” campaign. The goal was lofty … $100,000 to be exact, which was nearly $40,000 higher than the previous amount raised in 2018. Nonetheless, Cherise Selley , as well as other board members, believed that Peak Producers needed to set a goal that was bigger than they currently imagined. They purported that the bigger you believe, then the bigger the reward that will be achieved for all involved, especially for those who need some assistance to get back on their feet. So, the mark of $100,000 was set for 2019.

The Christmas Party spiraled upwards with celebration when the final tallies about their fundraising efforts were announced by Mike MacGuire, Board Member and 2018 Past President of Peak Producers. Not only did the Peak Producers reach the $100,000 mark, but they smashed that goal by raising $126,000 … and more checks are coming by the end of the year. 

Collectively, the room filled with top agents from different companies had come together to celebrate their spirit of unity, as well as how these monies will help both the Springs Rescue Mission and the Dream Centers – Mary’s Home. Part of this goal-smashing event included Bill McAfee, President of Empire Title Company, who wore high-heel disco shoes to mark the surpassing of the $120,000 mark. What fun to see him stick by his word by doing an absurd imitation of his moon-walk because Peak Producers generously raised these kinds of dollars for the two organizations represented this evening.

To close the Christmas event as everyone was mingling, Cherise Selley inspired the group regarding the upcoming 2020 year and further giving in Colorado Springs. And quoting from John Wesley, she said, “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.”

Merry Christmas!