Owens Realty Services - Platinum Sponsor for the 2018 CREC Back-to-School Block Party

August 15, 2018

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Pictured from left to right: Michele Vasso, Sheri Valaitis, Greg Florio, Executive Director, CREC Schools,
Keira Valaitis, and Diane Golias


The Owens team joins the Capitol Region Education Council as a Platinum Sponsor at the annual Back to School Block Party in Hartford, CT. A long-term supporter of the CREC K-12 magnet school system, Owens Realty Services donation ensured that over 1,200 children received back packs for the start of the 2018 - 2019 school year. Pictured with the Owens team is Greg Florio, Executive Director for of CREC.  As CREC’s long-term provider of comprehensive management, maintenance, and janitorial services for their greater Hartford County portfolio of Pre-K-12 magnet schools, Owens Realty Services corporate and site based employees volunteered for various duties at this dynamic event. The Owens Team also set up a table at the event to offer employment opportunites.

The Back to School Block Party is a collaborative effort — an opportunity for the Greater Hartford community to come together to help area children and families as they prepare to start the new school year.

At the event, CREC, along with the city of Hartford and more than 30 community groups, provides important information about schools and local services and free food to the more than 2,000 people who attend. The local Ice Cream for a Dream truck supplies treats to children who share their hopes and dreams, nearly 200 children receive free haircuts from local hairdressers and barbers, vision screening, and members of the Hartford Youth Public Safety Program and the Hartford police and fire departments lead field games.  More than 1,200 free backpacks filled with school supplies were given to children between the ages of 3 and 17. Donations allow CREC to distribute these items, which will help alleviate some of the financial burden on families as they get ready for the first day of school.

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Owens Realty Services provides commercial real estate services for approximately 20 million square feet of commercial real estate and $10 billion in real estate asset net worth. Services include; investment property management, public sector facility management, facility maintenance, commercial sales and leasing brokerage, arena management and maintenance as well as janitorial maintenance services. The company employs approximately 1,000 real estate industry professionals throughout the United States.