Southern California Real Estate Leader First Team Real Estate Announces $20,000 Matching Grant to Orangewood Children's Home

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California's Largest Independent Real Estate Broker gives major gift to Orange County organization that 74,000 kids have called home in order to challenge entire community to support kids.

First Team Real Estate is California's largest independent brokerage

Helping kids and organizations like Orangewood that care for them is always a corporate and personal goal of ours. - Rick Brotherton, First Team Vice President, Marketing

Over 74,000 Orange County kids caught in a family crisis have turned for generations to the Orangewood Children's home for refuge.

Today, First Team Real Estate has announced that it is forming the First Team $20,000 Challenge for the next 30 days in a bid to raise $40,000 to help Orangewood complete its incredible mission of caring. First Team is providing a guaranteed $20,000 match to Orangewood and engaging its sales network and all of Orange County in an effort to raise an additional $20,000.

"First Team was founded in Orange County and this community is in the DNA of our company and our founder Cameron Merage," said Rick Brotherton, Vice President, Marketing for First Team Real Estate. "Helping kids and organizations like Orangewood that care for them is always a corporate and personal goal of ours."

Orangewood Children's Home has helped over 74,000 children in 28 years of service, providing safe transitional housing, mentor programs, daily life skills workshops, and financial and tuition assistance for kids growing into adulthood. The Orangewood Foundation which is receiving the gifts raised by the First Team Real Estate $20,000 Challenge provides fundraising and resource support to the Children's Home.

"We've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for children's charities and Orange County's families through our agents and real estate professionals," stated Rick Brotherton. "With this gift we are encouraging our agents to engage their professional contacts in the community to get involved as well so that Orangewood can benefit from those new relationships for years to come."

To give to the Orangewood Children Home's First Team $20,000 Challenge or for more information, go here: http:/


Growing from a single office in Huntington Beach, CA in 1976, First Team Real Estate is now Southern California's largest and most trusted private real estate agency with offices across California. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, First Team was recognized as Best Real Estate Company by the annual Orange County Register survey of 100,000 Southern California households. We can be reached at (888) 236-1943.

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