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Chicago CRE: Random Acts of Holiday Kindness

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Chicago CRE: Random Acts of Holiday Kindness

For the second year in a row, private REIT Pangea Properties surprised a family in need with a home for the holidays on the Steve Harvey Show. Pangea CMO Justin Cohen presented this gift to Jeanie Delascasas, a Navy vet and single mother of two who has been homeless for almost three years. The firm is providing the family a fully furnished two-bedroom townhouse in Park Forest with free rent and utilities for a year. (A total value of $25k.) Pangea has invested $250M-plus in renovations of more than 10,000 distressed units across Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore since its founding in ’09.

Chicago CRE: Random Acts of Holiday Kindness

Amata Office Solutions employees competed in an office decorating contest judged by the Israel Idonije Foundation, a local nonprofit and Amata tenant that provides youth programming to kids in underserved communities. (The winning center’s employees, on the 28th floor of 150 N Michigan, won a free vacation day.) If that wasn’t enough, Amata also donated $2k to the foundation's “Shop with a Cop” event (where students participate in a day of bowling and shopping with CPD officers) and organized a toy drive for which employees and tenants across its six shared office centers donated toys to children supported by the Salvation Army. Snapped: Amata president Frank Chalupa delivering the 200-plus toys collected through the toy drive.