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!”

Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc.

The entire Dale Sorensen Real Estate family remains committed to working hard for our clients and extending support for our community. Our associates and staff are adapting to maintain the level of service our clients deserve. We are still taking listings, writing contracts and working with mortgage, title and insurance companies to ensure safe transactions. Our team remains available by phone, email and/or text so please do not hesitate to contact us.

DSRE has been closely monitoring this ever changing situation and will follow all precautions outlined by the CDC. We have been consulting with our clients to do what is in their best interest and will continue to show homes, with the approval of the seller, as long as this is
in compliance with state or local guidance.

In the past 42 years, we, along with the rest of Florida’s Treasure Coast, have endured great obstacles. As we have done before, we will work together to overcome and grow from this shared experience. We are committed to continuing our business during these uncertain times and are working together as a family, company and community to support each other.

Finally, thank you to all the essential employees and businesses that are working tirelessly to keep our community healthy and safe.

DSRE Staff and Agents Participate in Annual Soup Bowl for Samaritan Center for Homeless Families of IRC

Common room area set up for pot luck lunch with tables covered in light blur tablecloths

VERO BEACH, FL/NOVEMBER 2019 – Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) staff and agents recently participated in the annual soup bowl to raise funds for the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families of IRC.  This is the seventh year that the company has participated in the event.

Participants were able to choose from a variety of eleven different soups, all made and donated by the staff and agents.  Soups included Black Bean & Ham Soup, Moroccan Beef Stew, Hamburger Soup, Corn Chowder,
Curried Butternut Squash, Chicken Vegetable Soup, Chicken and Dumplings Soup, Minestrone Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice and Cajun Bean & Ham Soup.  The event raised over $500 for the Center.

According to the Center’s Facebook page, the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families of IRC is a long-term transitional residential facility for homeless families in Indian River County with a structured step-based program with onsite 24-hours a day case managers that help pregnant women and homeless families develop the life skills needed for successful reintegration into mainstream society.  This is the 27th year that the Samaritan Soup Bowl has been held in Indian River County.  More than forty businesses and organizations hosted the event at their individual locations.

This is just one of many ways that DSRE gives back to the communities they serve.  With the company leadership cultivating the culture of giving, those within the company at all levels also consider themselves “community servants”.  Hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are donated on behalf of a multitude of non-profit and charitable organizations in the community and around the world.  Staff and sales agents volunteer on boards and at events, selling everything from soup to fish tacos, hosting parties, dancing in the local “dancing with Vero’s Stars” and traveling abroad to provide medical treatment for impoverished nations.  The company also hosts the Annual Vero Beach Easter Parade and Photos with Santa. 

Since 2014, DSRE has donated space to charities in its stand-alone real estate broadsheet in the Press Journal. The charities take advantage of this donation to market their events and fundraising purposes.  Organizations like The Boys & Girls Club, Environmental Learning Center, Riverside Theater, Indian River Community Foundation, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, Children’s Home Society, VNA, Indian River Medical Center, Indian River Firefighters’ Fair, the Humane Society and others have all taken advantage of the generous donation.  The marketing piece gives the organizations a marketing opportunity they would never be able to afford otherwise. The company donates over $250,000 a year in advertising space alone.

For more information about Dale Sorensen Real Estate, visit their website at www.SorensenRealEstate.com; visit them on Facebook or call them at 772.231.4712.

Soup’s On! – Samaritan Center’s 27th Annual Soup Bowl Event

Samaritan Center Soup Bowl - Breaking Bread Together For The Homeless November 7, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. THE RIGHT MOVE

(Vero Beach, FL) September 16 – The 27th Annual Samaritan Center Soup Bowl will be held county wide on Thursday, November 7, 2019. More than 70 local restaurants supply the soup which will be served at the local places of worship and each business location provides their own soup. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and dinner locations will serve from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The Samaritan Center provides transitional housing for homeless families with dependent children in Indian River County. Samaritan Center is a core program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach and a funded partner of the United Way. This event raises awareness and funds for the homeless families served by Samaritan Center.

“The Soup Bowl has turned into county ritual,” said Renee Bireley, Program Administrator. “Soup Bowl originated more than 26 years ago when the Samaritan Center Advisory Board brainstormed ideas on a community fundraiser that would bring awareness to the homeless population and would be affordable enough for everyone to attend. From that meeting, Soup Bowl was born. The fundraiser asks for a minimum donation of $5 for a bowl of soup and $15 for a soup-to-go; however, the idea is to donate what you would have spent on that meal had you gone out to eat instead.”

Soup Bowl Workshops started at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in mid-August where more than 1,000 wheel thrown bowls are created on and off campus by volunteer potters. The bowls will be available at all the public locations for a minimum donation of $15 on November 7.  Hand- crafted soup tureens, made by master ceramicists are raffled for chances that cost $1. The tureens will be on display at the Vero Beach Museum of Art from Thursday, October 25 through Thursday, November 7.

“Our center was built by a community coming together in 1990 to donate funds to build our facility. Now, the whole community continues to come together each year to support us with Soup Bowl. It is quite impressive.” commented Renee. “We have more than 40 local artists and volunteers helping during the Soup Bowl Workshop, hundreds more who volunteer at approximately 42 serving sites, more than 70 chefs who prepare hundreds of gallons of soup, plus our staff and Advisory Board members who organize it all behind the scenes.”

To learn more about Samaritan Center or get more information about Soup Bowl, please call 772-770-3039 or visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org.


About Samaritan Center

Samaritan Center is a transitional residential facility for homeless families in Indian River County with a structured step-based program and onsite 24-hours-a-day case managers that help pregnant women and homeless families develop the life skills needed for successful reintegration into mainstream society. Admission is open to families of all faiths. Visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org/ samaritan-centertransitional-housing

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides 15 social services and ministries at eight locations throughout the Diocese of Palm Beach. Established in 1984, Catholic Charities responds to the needs of the poor and most vulnerable by providing quality programs that serve children, families, and homeless. Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion. Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities. Visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach
Diocese of Palm Beach
9995 North Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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Janelle Hoffman Catholic Charities of DPB 561-630-2695

Paddle Dash event, presented by Dale Sorensen Real Estate, highlighted the importance of the Indian River Lagoon

Group Photo of the Dale Sorensen Real Estate Group after an athletic race

VERO BEACH, FL/AUGUST 2019 – More than 2 dozen paddlers mounted their boards and kayaks and made their way around Memorial Island, all for a day of fun and to raise money and awareness for the Keep Indian River Beautiful organization.  The event presented by Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) and hosted by Paddles by the Sea, was held August 10 and included 3 categories, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses as well as Sprint Racing.   

The Paddle Dash is a family friendly, fun, and exciting Paddle Board/Kayak race. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the Lagoon Friendly Lawn program of Keep Indian River Beautiful. Keep Indian River Beautiful board member and DSRE sales agent Troy Westover said the idea came at a board meeting one day.  “We were trying to come up with an event that would help us draw attention to the health of our precious Indian River, and make it fun for all at the same time,” said Westover.  

According to Keep Indian River Beautiful’ s website, “the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America, providing a home for more than 4,000 species and contributing $7 billion per year to the local economy.”

“This annual event highlights the importance of protecting our waterway, the Indian River Lagoon,” said Westover.  “All us at Dale Sorensen Real Estate are honored to be the presenting sponsor of Paddle Dash, supporting the efforts of Keep Indian River Beautiful.  This is a really fun event that we all enjoy participating in, our entire community can embrace & together we enjoy that special feeling of making a difference.”

Several DSRE agents and family members placed in their categories.  Joe Kovaleski and Don Frederick took 1st Place in the tandem kayak, beginner’s race; Ralph and Julie Wnuk won 2nd Place in the tandem kayaks, intermediate race; Gary and Sam Davino won 3rd Place in tandem kayaks, intermediate race; and Paula Bushell, Andrew Westover, Russ Kelly took 3rd Place in the corporate battle.

Troy Westover can be reached by phone at 772.453.1206, via email at twestover@sorensenrealestate.com, or at the firm’s office located at 3206 Cardinal Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Dale Sorensen Real Estate announces 3rd Annual Vero Beach Easter Parade


VERO BEACH FL/APRIL 2019Get your Easter bonnets dusted off and your baskets ready. Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc., (DSRE) has announced the date for the 3rd Annual Vero Beach Easter Parade presented by Mr. And Mrs. Becker.  The popular event will be held on Thursday, April 18 on Ocean Drive. The event will include a children’s Easter Egg Hunt, a Golf Cart Parade, and a “New York Style” Bonnets and Ball Caps Parade.


The Easter Egg Hunt, which will be broken down into 3 age groups including toddlers 5-7-year-old and 8-12-year-old, will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Humiston Park. There will be free photos with the Easter Bunny at the DSRE Kiosk located at 3101 Ocean Drive. Other free activities include face painting, fairy hair and craft stations which will begin at 4:00 pm.


The Golf Cart Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Golf Cart Parade participants will need to meet no later than 5:30 p.m. at the golf cart staging area located at 805 Iris Lane.The parade route will be East on Flamevine turning North on Ocean Drive to Azalea Lane, west on Azalea to Cardinal.  Golf carts will be judged in the following categories: Most Easter Spirit, Most Humorous, Historic Centennial and Best of Vero Beach. Cost to register for the golf cart parade is $50 per cart.

Registration can be made through Golf Carts of Vero Beach at 772-778-2278 or by email at golfcartsvb@outlook.com.  Transportation of golf carts to the event can be arranged through Golf Carts of Vero Beach for an additional fee of $25.

The event will also include a fantastic “New York Style” Bonnets and Ball Cap Parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. Men, women and children of all ages are invited to participate in this event, with stylish or creative hats and ball caps. To obtain a number to walk in this portion of the parade, participants are asked to meet at the DSRE tent at the compass-star in front of the entrance to Humiston Park no later than 5:00 p.m. There is no charge to walk in the Bonnets and Ball Cap Parade. Participants will be judged in the following categories: Best Bonnet Adult Female, Best Ball Cap Adult Male, Best Bonnet Child Female, and Best Ball Cap Child Male. Easter Bonnets will be displayed and available for purchase as a part of a silent auction to support the Boys and Girls of Indian River County. Prize sponsors to include: gift certificates from White Orchid Spa  and children’s gift baskets from Lily Pad Vero Beach and Egg & Friends. The red carpet for the walking part of the parade was donated by Creative Carpet One.

Questions regarding this part of the event, including to enter a decorated bonnet, may be directed to June Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@sorensenrealestate.com.

The Vero Beach Easter Parade is the brainchild of Matilde Sorensen, co-owner of DSRE.  “This has quickly become one of the favorite events of the year here in Vero Beach,” Sorensen said.  “Thousands attended the last two years and we expect this event to just keep growing. The bonus is that the event benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County.”

Committee members include, Alex Agudelo, Jennifer Bailey, Jim Belanger, Tim Burklew, Anna Burklew, Kristin Casalino, Allison Cloughley, Rita Curry, Suzanne Curry, Samantha Davino, Karen Dodson, June Fitzgerald, Martha Sue Gallaher, Star Knudson, Dennis Miller, Jason Patzer, Carolyn Plante, Jan Hogan-Pratt, Megan Raasveldt, Georgann Schreiber, Elizabeth Sorensen, Austin Stiglin, Katie Swing, Angela Waldrop, Josh Waldrop, Jeannette Weiss, Mike Young and Hope Zoda.


About Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Family-owned and managed since 1978, Dale Sorensen Real Estate is a full-service real estate brokerage dedicated to a long-standing tradition of excellence. Recognized as the top luxury real estate firm on Florida’s East Coast, the award-winning company commits exclusive resources to ensure leadership and a preferred choice for individuals selling and buying properties. Recognized as the top luxury real estate firm in the markets they serve, the company has earned exclusive affiliations with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio International, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and the Board of Regents, and a highly-established presence in London, UK, through Mayfair International Realty. Through the use of their global network, comprehensive marketing strategies, strategic social networking tools and innovative search engine optimization techniques, Dale Sorensen Real Estate provides its agents with the tools they need and its customers with maximum worldwide exposure.


With more than 200 sales associates and support staff and twelve locations in Florida, the company has reported 2018 sales of over $715M in the markets they serve which includes Indian River County, Brevard County, St. Lucie County and surrounding areas.  In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. believes that business leadership carries with it a responsibility of stewardship to help make the communities they serve a better place to live, work and raise families. Visit Dale Sorensen Real Estate on the web at www.SorensenRealEstate.com


Dale Sorensen Real Estate agents and staff raise funds to support Jingle Jet

Partygoers dressed up in 1920s clothing


Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) agents and staff continued the company’s commitment to its community by raising $4,000 to support The Zazza Community Foundation’s Jingle Jet project. DSRE hosted the private, invitation-only 1920’s Great Gatsby-themed evening at the Suntree Country Club in Melbourne. More than 50 guests enjoyed casino games and a costume contest while 1920’s music filled the ballroom.

“The Zazza Community Foundation is a great organization and we are excited about helping them further their mission in this community,” said Donna Browning, Managing Broker for DSRE in Brevard County. “Dale Sorensen Real Estate enjoys a fantastic reputation for philanthropy. Our sales agents and staff sponsor many non-profits in our community and fully support our culture of giving. I’m very proud of the work they all do in this community.”

The event was created and managed by Browning, and DSRE office staff Jennifer Penfield and Mary Brands. Sponsors of the event included Supreme Title Solutions, Rita Bailey of KE Insurance, Chromazone Ink, Mold Trust, and Tosh Pence of Supreme Lending. Several Zazza Community Foundation members were in attendance as well.

According to the Zazza website, Jingle Jet is a unique event where neighbors, friends, co-workers, and strangers nominate families who have experienced undue hardship that adversely affects their holiday joy. A committee chooses five or more families and makes a list for each family of their needs and wants. After wrapping the gifts, they decorate and create the North Pole complete with reindeer, elves, face painters, and snowmen. The Jingle Jetplane boards each of the families and with one simple engine power down the runway with blinds closed, Jingle Jet completes another flight to the “North Pole”. When the families disembark from the plane, they enter the “North Pole” and experience Christmas.

For more information on the Jingle Jet Project visit their website at https://www.facebook.com/ZazzaCommunity/.

For more information about Dale Sorensen Real Estate, contact Donna Browning at 321.327.6770, or by email at dbrowning@sorensenrealestate.com

Dale Sorensen Real Estate hosts lunch for Golf Carts of Vero Beach following fire

Team lunch featuring pizza and pasta


VERO BEACH FL/ SEPTEMBER 2018 – Sales agents and staff at the Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) downtown Vero Beach office recently hosted a lunch for the employees of Golf Carts of Vero Beach following a devastating fire at the golf cart business. The fire happened in early September and destroyed nearly 100 golf carts in the building. Fourteen employees were left without a paycheck due to the event. The employees were invited to lunch, which was provided by Nino’s Pizza.

“We just wanted to reach out a helping hand to a community partner,” said Jim Goldsmith, Managing Broker of DSRE’s downtown office. “We wanted to let them know we support them and that if there’s anything we, a local business can do, we’re here for them. Dale Sorensen Real Estate is community minded, we honestly live that philosophy.”
“This is just another example of how caring and charitable the staff and employees of DSRE are,’ said Dale Sorensen, Jr., DSRE Managing Partner. “Both Golf Carts of Vero Beach and Nino’s are great community businesses and partners. They both support the Vero Beach Easter Parade that DSRE hosts. We realize they’re here when we need them, so we want them to know we’re here for them too.”
Golf Carts of Vero Beach owner Tim Burklew sent a message to DSRE and Nino’s Pizza. “To Dale Sorensen Realty and Nino’s Pizza – Thank you for feeding our entire staff lunch today! Many of you have never realized how many employees were behind the scene at golf carts of Vero Beach! You guys are a blessing thank you!”
Because insurance will not cover loss of pay for the employees, a Go Fund Me page has been created to help raise money for them. As of September 12th, $16,731 of the $25,000 goal has been raised. To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/62ckmk-golf-carts-of-vero-beach

Dale Sorensen Real Estate has been the recipient of numerous awards due, in large part, to their philanthropy. For more information, contact Dale Sorensen, Jr. at 772-231-4712 or email him at jdsjr@sorensenrealestate.com.

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Hosts Indian River County Business After Hours Networking Event

Exterior view of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Office Building

Over 130 business professionals and Indian River County Chamber of Commerce members, gathered at the Downtown 14th Avenue location of Dale Sorensen Real Estate on the evening of July 26, 2018, for the “Business After Hours” networking event. The event was made possible by the generous support of the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce and Baci Trattoria.

The event was a success, bringing local businesses together to see and experience the progress and innovation of Dale Sorensen Real Estate.

Since the company’s inception in 1978, DSRE’s fresh and advanced approach to residential real estate has been leading the local industry forward and winning awards. DSRE is especially proud of being recognized by Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm’s Choice Award Winners for 3 consecutive years. The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Company of The Year, Real Trends 500, Advanced Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of The Year, City of Cocoa Business Champion of the Year and Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Thanks to DSRE’s dedicated team of agents and support staff, DSRE continues to thrive in Indian River County. The 18-member support staff helps agents to increase their sales an average of 30% per year while allowing them to have access to custom marketing pieces, weekly training sessions and one-on-one access to any staff supported or brokerage level needs.

Visited daily, www.sorensenrealestate.com is the most widely used home search website along Florida’s Treasure Coast. DSRE’s powerful online presence is an asset to sellers whose properties are featured prominently, and to buyers and agents who can stay in sync while searching for a home. DSRE automates print and digital marketing, allowing agents to put their time and focus into their clients’ needs. Tightly integrated CRM, website and mobile app are just a few of the tools available to DSRE agents, providing peace of mind and a competitive advantage. With over 200 agents and twelve locations in Florida, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. reported sales totaling more than $650 million in 2017.

Giving back is the cornerstone of DSRE’s culture that stems directly from the mission to support those in need. Each week, DSRE publishes a property broadsheet leaving adequate advertisement space for local 501c3 non-profit organizations to fulfill. Without the in-kind support of this advertisement space, the cost to purchase this space would be derived from the organization.

In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, DSRE believes that business leadership carries with it a responsibility of stewardship to help make the communities they serve a better place to live, work and raise families.  For More information, visit Dale Sorensen Real Estate on the web at www.SorensenRealEstate.com.