The Century 21 M&M Cares holiday party has started!

On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 the Cupertino office hosted the San Jose and Sunnyvale offices of Century 21 M&M for a Thanksgiving tradition and had a BIG party to kick-off the holiday season.   Thanks to the generosity of many people – agents and affiliates alike they were able to spread holiday cheer and goodwill by collecting warm clothing and canned food goods for those less fortunate in the local communities

  • To the Second Harvest Food Bank – the event raised $1042.00 which translates into 2084 pounds of food distributed to low-income households in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
  • To the One Warm Coat Campaign – over 300 coats and warm apparel were collected from the (approximately) eighty Century 21 M&M real estate agents and affiliates who attended this event.
  • To the Bill Wilson Center -five boxes of prepared food were delivered by Elise Erwin for the runaways and homeless youth of Santa Clara that benefit from the counseling, housing, education, and advocacy.

Kim Connor (with the help of a crew of agents and affiliates) organized the meal, a raffle and the games. A traditional America Thanksgiving meal  was served in addition to the plethora of multi-cultural dishes brought by so many.  A nod to the wonderfully mix of cultures associated with Century 21 M&M in the Bay Area.

A raffle theme ran through-out the festivities. Tickets were issued to attendees bringing in coats and canned foods, tickets were given to game participates and tickets were sold for a chance to win some pretty impressive prizes – including: An Ipad, ski lift tickets, many $50.00 gift cards to various area restaurants, a heated blanket, an emergency road kit, 12 bottles of wine and many other items.

Larry Matos, Century 21 M&M’s President and Broker says, “This party exceeded all of our expectations. Not only did we collect over 300 coats, we had a great time. The games were hilarious”.

Here is a sampling of the games, to name a few.

  • Bobble head, participants donned a sweat band with a pedometer attached and the idea was to see who could take the most number of steps in one minute.
  • Oreo cookies were placed on the foreheads of the participants and the idea was to use your facial muscles to move the Oreo from the forehead, down to the mouth of the participant in one minute.
  • Ping Pong balls were thrown at slices of bread covered with peanut butter. The participant with the most number of balls that stuck to the peanut butter in one minute, won!  No one actually won this prize so it was added to the grand price of the Apple iPad.

The ever talented Mark Dimalanta was the events MC and music coordinator.  He along with Sheryl Shigemasa really helped the event along during the games and the raffle drawings.   It could not have been done without them.

The food and the prizes were donated by the following;  Home Guard, Fidelity Home Warranty, JCP, Chicago Title, American Home Shield, Linda Hays of Century 21 Mortgage, Sheryl Shigemasa, Charles Hansen, Alan Aoyama, Kim Connor, Toni Viscomi, and Century 21 M&M and Associates.

It is truly amazing what a group of people can accomplish together.  Century 21 M & M – providing leadership and community spirit in the Bay Area and beyond.


Century 21 M&M (Really, Really) Cares

Century 21 M&M Los Banos Window Banner

Los Banos Window Banner

Due to the warm weather, we are experiencing a slow start of the Coats for Kids campaign. However, John Melo, Century 21 M&M CEO says, “Today it is cold outside we are hearing the rumblings of what could be the best ‘Century 21 M&M Cares’ season ever.”

Jerilyn Von Flue, Century 21 M&M Madera Sales Manager says, “There are about 100 coats in our office, with another 100 coats coming in from classroom participation at a local elementary school. And the canned food drive is humming right along with an expected target of 500 cans.”

Further, Jerilyn states, “Our agents are also participating in the Madera Christmas Basket, sponsored by the Optimists International club. And, through-out the year the Century 21

Century 21 M&M Madera, Canned Food Drive

Century 21 M&M Madera, Canned Food Drive

M&M Madera agents have donated their time to many community giving programs, including:

  • Serving meals at the Holy Family Table
  • Hosting a booth selling ice cream and snow cones at the Relay for Life event

The Century 21 M&M Clovis office is not only collecting Coats for Kids, Liz Owens is heading the canned food drive, and Sergio Montes is promoting the Toys for Tots program.

Leslie Noll, Sales Manager in the Clovis office says, “We are really excited to be participating in Salvation Army bell ringing program. Last year there were so many heart-warming stories coming from people donating. One person came up to us with tears in their eyes saying that they had personally benefited from this program and they were happy to give back.”

Angela Dunbar of Century 21 M&M in Stockton collected 87 coats

Angela Dunbar of Century 21 M&M in Stockton collected 87 coats

Jesse Gibbs, Century 21 M&M Director of Business Development and Public Relations, says that although the Coats for Kids campaign is getting a slow start in Los Banos, they are looking forward to the Christmas parade on December 3rd, and expecting a large number coats not only at the parade, but also through-out that week.

In the Century 21 M&M Turlock-Geer Rd. office there are 48 coats in the box, however, Teresa Moitoso says, “The Turlock offices are participating in the Turlock Light Parade on December 3rd with a float – Miracle on Main Street – and we are expecting a large number of coats donated at the parade and shortly thereafter.”

On December 1st, the Turlock offices are also participating in a silent action and are expecting donations of both Coats for Kids and canned foods the day of that event.

Larry Matos, Century 21 M&M President and Broker says, “With Thanksgiving coming up, we are going to see the Coats for Kids coming in fast and furious during the last few days of this drive. We are  to hoping to exceed our goal of 6000 coats.”

Go to New 10 and Century 21 M&M Coats for Kids video.

Three weeks left to collect Coats for Kids

Only three weeks left to collect Coats for Kids

Jesse Gibbs Beach Body

Jesse Gibbs, Director of Business Development and PR for Century 21 M&M says, “I know you are still wearing your Hawaiian shorts, but the cold rainy season is just days away. And, we need ‘Coats for Kids’!”

Jesse wants to remind Century 21 M&M and Associates that “there are only three weeks left. The last day you can donate coats is December 3rd. As of that date we will be taking down the signs, packing up the coats and delivering them to the News 10 distribution center.”

“I would like to encourage all agents with children to reach out the their child’s classroom and either hand deliver or email the Coats for Kids Classroom Contest 2010 link to the Teacher and/or Principal.”

8 Coats for Kids delivered by Lucy Hakimi at the Modesto Sales meeting, 10/11/10

We would love to hear some creative ideas to collect coats. Last year a couple of the offices had an Open House featuring Wine and Cheese, and the price of admission was a Coat. This year the Fairfield-Dixon Hill Rd office is hosting a Shred It Day. Any participant that brings in a coat can have their old files shredded for FREE by Shred It.

Century 21 M&M is offering a $50.00 gift certificate to the Associate with the most creative idea to promote the collection of Coats for Kids. Just forward your ideas to Jesse Gibbs*.

All it takes is an idea, like Jesse says, “Twenty years ago someone had an idea to collect Coats for Kids, and as of today almost ½ million coats have been collected. That is phenomenal!”

With only three more weeks–it is time to get the word out. So fire up your computers; notify all of your facebook friends, blog your announcements, twitter the globe and get LinkedIn with your Contacts. Let’s get the word out – M&M Cares – children and families need coats this winter!

*Email Jesse Gibbs at

Kids Helping Kids – Donating Coats

2009 Century 21 M&M Coats for Kids 1st Place Classroom Winner!

2009 Century 21 M&M Coats for Kids 1st Place Classroom Winner!

Last year the 2009 Coats for Kids Century 21 M&M Grand Prize Winner was Osborn School in Turlock – Mrs. Mezzapesa’s classroom, and Winner of 2nd Prize was Stella Brockman Elementary School in Manteca, CA.

Century 21 M&M 2009 Coats for Kids-2nd Place Winner

Century 21 M&M 2009 Coats for Kids-2nd Place Winner

During the Coats for Kids 2009 Campaign we had many heart warming stories of ‘kids helping kids’ by donating coats:

Kathleen Borbon, (11/13/2009) of the Century 21 M & M Real Estate Stockton office, said that at Galt High School, the students in her daughter’s English and Drama classes were collecting coats.

The Clovis office collected 470 Coats for Kids as of today (12/04/2009), most of them donated by children in the Clovis area. Until December 11, 2009, each child that donated a coat  received a “Free Movie Night”.

As of Wednesday (12/16/2009), Marya Pimentel in the Modesto office noted a coat count of 614 with at least 160 coats coming from Ricardo Jimenez’ daughter Mikaela’s sixth grade class hoping to win the drawing so that her class could take a field trip.

Los Banos office collected Coats for Kids 2009 at Christmas Parade

Los Banos office collected Coats for Kids 2009 at Christmas Parade

Dana Howell in the Los Banos office took the Coats for Kids Campaign to the streets (literally), marching in the Christmas parade pulling carts full of coats through downtown Los Banos.

On December 18th, 2009 Dana says, “What really pulled the heart strings was watching four children take off their personal coats and drop them into the carts—then run off without waiting for recognition or reward.”

And now the 2010 Coats for Kids Campaign is here, and we have 28 more days to collect 10,000 new or gently used coats. With that in mind, Century 21 M&M is kicking off another contest. This years contest focuses on classrooms:

2010 Century 21 M&M Coats for Kids $500.00 Grand Prize to the classroom that donates the largest number of coats

2010 Century 21 M&M Coats for Kids $100.00 2nd Prize goes to the classroom that donates the second largest number of coats.

Century 21 M&M looks forward to partnering with classrooms throughout Northern California. Teachers, if you are interested in participating in this Classroom contest, contact the Sales Manager for at any Century 21 M&M office, and we will be happy to arrange pick-up of your Coats for Kids.