Windermere Real Estate and Gentle Giant Moving Company Team Up to Deliver Kicks for Kids at the Summer Splash in Seattle

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Free family event to feature food, music and “Kicks for Kids,” a back-to-school sneaker drive for low-income youth

The Windermere Real Estate Summer Splash

Gentle Giant Moving Company being a part of Windermere Real Estate’s Summer Splash is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to support the local community in Seattle

Gentle Giant Moving Company, Seattle’s award-winning local and long distance mover, today announced its sponsorship of Windermere Real Estate’s Summer Splash; a free community event celebrating summer fun and health with activities for families and children featuring water sports, food vendors, live entertainment, and crew races for local corporate teams. The moving company, with locations in Seattle, WA and nine other states, will have one of their famous purple moving trucks on the shore of Green Lake to help collect shoes for the Kicks For Kids program, a back-to-school sneaker drive for low-income youth that will see hundreds of pairs of shoes distributed through the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and Mary's Place.

One of Gentle Giant's primary charitable missions is to support youth leadership and education through athletics, and the Summer Splash is the perfect opportunity for the company to lend a helping hand with the collection and transport of so many shoes. The Summer Splash is the second major event that Gentle Giant has partnered with Windermere Real Estate on, the first being the historic Windermere Cup Regatta and Opening Day Boat Parade, which takes place the first weekend in May each year since 1987. The Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake on Saturday, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. will be the final public drop-off point for sneakers donated to the Kicks For Kids program. The Gentle Giant moving truck with a giant sneaker graphic will serve as a collection point during the event. The goal will be to fill the truck with sneakers for low-income youth.

“Gentle Giant being a part of Windermere Real Estate’s Summer Splash is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to support the local community in Seattle,” said Larry O’Toole, Gentle Giant Founder and CEO. “Both Windermere Real Estate and Gentle Giant are aligned on promoting corporate responsibility through community engagement and teamwork, and I am incredibly proud to be involved with this fabulous event that will bring much needed joy to children starting the school year on the right foot.”

Gentle Giant will also have a “touch-a-truck” set up for kids to jump on and pop bubble wrap, run up ramps, and bounce around the moving truck. After the event, the Giant’s will sort the donated shoes before delivering them to the organizations that will help distribute them to kids before the school year starts.

Founded in 1980, Boston-based moving company Gentle Giant is an award winning residential and commercial mover, offering local moving, long distance moving, and international moving services. Named 2009 Independent Mover of the Year by the American Moving and Storage Association, one of the Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in 2004, 2005, and 2006, winner of the 2006 International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau, winner of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Excellence in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008, nine-time winner of Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston," six-time winner of The Improper Bostonian's "Boston's Best Moving Company" award, thirteen-time winner of the Angie's List "Super Service" Award, 2007 Top Small Workplaces award from the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces, and named a Healthiest Employer in 2013 by the Boston Business Journal, the company's services include craning, piano moving, complete packing and unpacking services, and other related services. Gentle Giant offers storage facilities and dispatches crews from more than 19 offices in California, Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and Washington State. For more information, please call (617) 661-3333 or visit

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. In 2012, Windermere closed over 65,000 transactions for more than 20 billion dollars in sales volume.

The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than $25 million towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit .

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