Local Realtor® and family making masks, raising money for American Cancer Society

VERO BEACH FL/APRIL 2020 – Local Realtor® Jennifer Bailey is known throughout the real estate community as a ball of fire with almost super-human energy.  Now she’s using her super power to help others, and she’s brought her family right along with her.

When Bailey, who works for Dale Sorensen Real Estate, started hearing the cries for masks, she decided to put her sewing skills to use.  Teaming up with her daughter, Felicia, and husband Steve, the family began designing and making masks and had sewn 315 as of April 20.  “Felicia tried to sew one of her fingers (she’s going to be fine), I’ve broken all my nails, have loads of new cuts and calluses, my thumb has a dent from the scissors and Steve who is the paracord cutter/burner/threader has burnt his fingers a bit…. but…. it’s worth every bit of it for all of us,” Bailey said with her typical humor.  “We are going to keep at it until we don’t need them anymore.” 

Because Bailey and her family really wanted to do something to help the community, she decided not to charge for the masks.  However, Bailey felt that they could have a double impact on the community by instead asking the people that get one to make a donation to the American Cancer Society, a cause near and dear to her heart. So far, they’ve raised over $1,000!  “People in our community are very generous and happy to give to such a deserving organization. Of course, we will donate masks to anyone even if they cannot afford to donate.”

That wasn’t the only project consuming this family’s life though.  Felicia and longtime fiancé, Gregory Cerna, were due to be married on April 18.  Due to the quarantine, the couple has had to postpone the planned celebration with friends and family, instead having an intimate ceremony at home.  “COViD-19 has forced them to postpone the big event until June, but they still wanted to have their day that they’ve planned for so long. They will have a full ceremony and reception when it’s safe to be in crowds again.”

The Bailey family is going to continue to make the masks and donate the proceeds but getting supplies is proving to be difficult.  “We have been through 1000 feet of cord so far. Thread, fabric, elastic, cord, ribbon, everything is very hard to get now.  We are back ordered on supplies, but we are not giving up.”

Bailey has been with Dale Sorensen Real Estate for more than a decade.  She is a licensed Florida Realtor® and the firm’s IT manager. 


Dale Sorensen Real Estate sales agent Lori Davis donates lunches to Indian River County 911 Dispatchers

VERO BEACH FL/APRIL 2020 – They’re the first voice that someone hears when they call for emergency response, but no-one ever sees them or knows their names.  They’re 911 Dispatchers and they’re reason that help arrives during an often times scary or critical situation.  On Wednesday, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Safety Dispatch Unit opened their doors to a surprise, and some much-deserved recognition, with a free lunch.

Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) agent Lori Davis organized the show of support and worked with Chef Scot Varricchio from the Citrus Grill to package and distribute twenty-four boxed lunches to the dispatchers. Davis paid for the lunches while DSRE provided each dispatcher with a coffee mug.  Included in the lunches were thank you notes written by children of friends and family members.

“I felt like I had to do something in these unsettling times.  When I heard about what these amazing ladies do on a daily basis, regardless of the Covid-19 situation, I jumped at the opportunity to show my gratitude,” said Davis.  “My first thought was to contact Chef Varricchio at Citrus Grill to prepare the lunches. His response was an immediate yes!  I knew I wasn’t the only one feeling this way and asked my best friends with school age children if they would write a thank you note to the 911 ladies as well.  I had an overwhelming response of twenty-four thank you notes in 24 hours!  This is a time where families, friends and neighbors are joining together to thank all those who make our lives better and safer.  I am proud to live in a community that is so giving and to work with a company like Dale Sorensen Real Estate that supports us in all that we do.”

The response from the 911 Dispatchers was heartfelt.  “I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing lunch and gifts you brought us today,” said Robyn Candarini, Administrator, Public Safety Dispatch Unit, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. “The food was delicious and we just loved the cups.”

Candarini added that the dispatchers were really touched by the cards that the children wrote. “We would love to do something for the children that wrote the cards, they were so precious and we were truly moved!”


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