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Local professionals issue fundraising challenge

• May 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Tri-Cities real estate industry professionals will come together to raise funds for the Reimagine Project — a community effort to build a new, fully accessible play space to replace the current Imagination Station at Mulligan’s Hollow — by participating in a friendly giving competition called “Real Estate Agent Challenge: Love Your Community, Prove It!”

This week, Grand Haven-based Capstone Companies kicked off the initiative with a contribution of $4,000 on behalf of the real estate community, representing a contribution of $500 for each agent licensed with sister companies Unsalted Living and Capstone Real Estate.

With the initial donation, they are calling other local brokerages and their agents — as well as those in affiliated businesses, such as banking, mortgage lending and title insurance — to make a donation to the Reimagine Project and then continue the challenge within the industry.

“The Imagination Station has been a great asset to our community for more than 27 years, so we are pleased to support fundraising efforts for Imagine Station 2.0,” said David Ten Cate, founder and co-owner of Capstone Companies. “As with the original, the new structure will be a wonderful play space for residents and visitors — but importantly, version 2.0 will also be accessible for children with limited mobility.”

The challenge was launched May 10 and will run until the early part of June.

Once the next real estate agent takes the challenge, they are asked to post their challenge to social media. Challenge posters are available to pick up at Capstone Companies.

“As real estate professionals, we help bring residents and businesses into this great community, so it makes perfect sense that we come together to support the Reimagine Project, which benefits the greater community as a whole,” said Leigh Lohman of Unsalted Living. “Although real estate professionals compete on a business level, this is a perfect example of how we also work together.”

The new play space was designed by more than 100 local children. It will be built by local volunteers and funded by the community. The fundraising goal for the project is $500,000, of which $300,000 has already been raised.

The build week is tentatively set for October.

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