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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.