WHAT’S IN STORE: Langley realtors take Monopoly play to new level

A local real estate agent has partnered with a few others to host a unique fundraiser for refugees.

Any Monopoly fans out there?

Well we all know that Monopoly is a basic snapshot of the real estate industry. It’s all about buying and selling properties and developing said properties with houses and hotels in an effort to quash your opponents.

Well, a Langley realtor is taking this game to a whole new level today (Thursday, Dec. 14).

David Smith with Royal LePage Wolstencroft, is striving to put “fun” back into fundraising by hosting the first-ever Realtors Monopoly Fundraiser in aid of refugees.

He’s partnered with Jeremy Pue of White Cloud Productions to pull together a competition between realtors, where they pay an entry fee and can buy extra Monopoly money – which translates to real Canadian coin for the New Hope Community Services.

“David approached me with his idea for Realtor Monopoly after he lost a game to his little sister – and I loved the whole concept. Realtor’s battling against realtors in a Monopoly tournament sounded fun as it was, but adding the fundraising element just put it over the top for me,” Pue said.

The entrance fee for realtors to join will provide them with a free drink from Trading Post, as well as food and entertainment, but the real money will be made through the sale of Monopoly money, Pue explained.

As the game goes on, realtors will have the opportunity to buy extra monopoly money with real Canadian dollars – bringing in extra funds for New Hope to help refugees.

“I’ve always had refugees in my heart since I was a child in Scotland, where my parents gave me opportunity to serve those new to our country…” shared Smith.

“New Hope loves the opportunity to partner with Realtors to combine to really make a difference for men, women and children who start with nothing, but in a few short years can be part of the rich growth of our province and our country.” said Jamey McDonald, the executive director for New Hope.

While the competition is restricted to realtors, Smith invites the public to come and cheer on the players and contribute to the cause.

The event is being held at Trading Post Brewing on 64th Avenue from 3 to 9 p.m. and the event will involve six games of Monopoly.

Individuals, as well as brokerage champions will be crown, and the event will raise coin to help refugees get settled in Canada.

Cool idea David. Good luck at the games table. I suspect you’ll need it.

• Stay tuned for coverage of the new event…

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Awards buzz

I’d like to offer my congratulations to BC Buzz Honey.

We told you about this relatively new company a few weeks ago, and how a guy winning a prize-winning and lucrative sign business grew a new company out of his new beekeeping hobby/

Well, now I get to tell you that Chris Davies and his partner Kris Friesen have made it to the semifinals for the 15th annual Small Business BC Awards, in the best marketer category.

Our fingers are crossed that you’ll walk away with the top prize at the awards gala in February.

More details about the Small Business BC Awards can be found online.

• Stay tuned, and I’ll promise to let you know.

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Cheers aiding sick kids

Now, I’ll turn to a different type of rural Langley business, this one offering a different kind of buzz.

Township 7 Winery in South Langley is once again hosting its annual holiday open houses both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17.

While it will feature nibblies and wines, live music and gift ideas, the reason I’m bringing up this event is because of a charity component.

Namely, the tasting fees will be donated that weekend to Ronald McDonald House of B.C., and there might be a few extra samples being requested since they’re doing a pre-release on their 2015 Seven Star sparkling wine.

While the winery, located at 212th Street and 16th Avenue, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the open house and holiday festivities runs noon to 4 p.m. each day.

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