In 1993, real estate industry leaders Kevin Phelan and the late Ed Sidman founded the United Way Real Estate & Building Industry Leadership Breakfast, bringing together 200 real estate professionals for the inaugural event. Since then, it has grown to over 1,000 attendees, and the industry has raised a total of more than $48 million to support United Way’s impact in the community.
The November event raised over $1.6 million through corporate sponsorships and donations. It also raised more than $57,000 through onsite mobile giving to support United Way’s efforts to fund innovative, effective and scalable solutions to end family homelessness. In total, the real estate industry raised $3 million this year alone.
At the event, National Development/Charles River Realty Investors was honored with United Way’s annual Norman B. Leventhal/Edwin N. Sidman Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Award. Since its inception, the award has been a tribute to an extraordinary industry leader who has greatly contributed to the community, both professionally and philanthropically. National Development was honored for their longstanding partnership with United Way, for their work engaging and strengthening communities, and for their physical impact on neighborhoods in and around Boston.