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Children’s Miracle Network and RE/MAX

We’re thrilled to announce that the RE/MAX of Michigan Region collectively raised $209,980 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2015. This is an amazing 86% increase from the funds raised in 2014. Congratulations on a job well done, on putting your money where the miracles are, and for helping kids all across the state!

Also in 2015, RE/MAX Associates across North America raised more than $9 million for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs, offices and agents across the United States and Canada invested in their communities by making donations on behalf of their customers to local children’s hospitals. Donations help fund pediatric medical equipment and treatments, healthcare services and charitable care. In addition to Miracle Home and Miracle Property contributions, RE/MAX offices and agents generate donations through golf tournaments, benefit dinners, auctions and other community fundraisers.  For many agents, these donations are very personal, helping kids in their own families and neighborhoods.

Shown in the photo above are RE/MAX, LLC CEO Dave Liniger and Camryn Akers, the Miracle Child who represented CMNH at this year’s R4 conference in Las Vegas. Dave presented Camryn with an American Girl doll on stage at the Opening General Session, much to her delight. Camryn was a delightful ambassador for CMNH, reminding attendees why we raise money for such a worthy cause.



A little story with a moral …

3 weeks ago my husband Bill had total knee replacement surgery and was doing relatively well. At his 2 week followup appointment we went in to have his staples removed. I dropped him off at home around noon to ice his knee and rest and went dashing around on errands. I called him at 1:00 to see if he wanted anything to eat, and he said he wasn’t feeling well. He may just have been very tired from going out after surgery for the first time, but at 3:00 he thought we should go in to the emergency room to be checked. At 3:45 in E.R. he had an EKG and 20 Dr’s and nurses came flying into the room. He was having a heart attack. At 4:15 he was in the cardiac cath lab having a blockage cleared.  Bill didn’t have big clues like crushing chest pain or pain in his left arm, just some general “discomfort”. He is doing well now, and having experienced this, we want you to know that if you, or someone you love has that nagging thought that something is wrong, listen to your body and please go to the ER, or better yet, call 911. It may turn out to be nothing, but you may just be having something serious happening, and time is of the essence.

Warning signs of a heart attack

Crystal Springs “Life on the Course”

Robbie and I both live in Crystal Springs and we are proud to be a part of N2 Publishing’s monthly neighborhood magazine “Life on the Course”. Their publications are found in many areas of the United States, including their first publication in Cascade and we are happy that they chose Crystal Springs as their 2nd West Michigan location. The magazine includes such things such as social event information specific to the residents, local business information, pictures, personal stories and articles. Various events hosted by the publication are designed to strengthen the neighborhood and increase each member of the community’s circle of friends. Robbie is the social event coordinator and I am a writer for “Home of the Month” and articles relating to neighbors choices for charity awareness. Naomi Riley is our publisher and has become our friend. And of course, as 2RealEstateAgentsAndACity, we love marketing and selling homes in Crystal Springs as well as all areas of metro Grand Rapids.

Crystal Springs also has a Facebook page called Crystal Life on the Course, so if you’re on Facebook, “LIKE” the page and help all of us make it grow. See you around the area. Cheers!!!

2 Real Estate Agents and a City

2 Real Estate Agents and a City



New Listing in Forest Hills

This craftsman style 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath ranch is located in Copperwood Estates near Knapps Corner. Built by detail orientated Engelsma Builders, there are custom kitchen and bath cabinets, custom lockers in the mud room, and special accents in the master bath. Immediate possession.

2837 Coppergrove Dr.

2837 Coppergrove Dr.                                              $348,000.


Living Room






“Kids and Cookies Valentine Event”

Karen was able to join other Crystal Springs residents by being treated to a wonderful time at the “Kids and Cookies Valentines event” compliments of Marjoree Steele of Bekins. Kids enjoyed smoothies, decorating and eating yummy Stained Glass Window Cookies, and Sour Cream Cutout Cookies while adults took home Peppermint Biscotti for morning coffee. If you’re a Crystal Springs resident and missed it, be sure to watch your “Life on the Course” magazine for future events.

IMG_0469 IMG_0472 crystal springs bekins

Watermark Properties Ladies Night Out

Watermark Progressive Dinner

party bus

Last evening Watermark Properties put together an evening featuring a  fabulous progressive dinner via party bus taking in all four of their country clubs. At 5:30 Robbie and I boarded the bus and joined over 30 other lady members and their guests and settled in to socialize as our driver whisked us away to our first stop at Watermark Country Club and their restaurant CORK WINE AND GRILLE. The tables were set, servers awaited with hors d’oeuvres served in a buffet setting which included shrimp skewers, assorted dips, cheeses, pita chips and crackers. FUN!!!

After 30 minutes, happy ladies boarded the bus and off we went to Stonewater Country Club in Gaines Township, home base for the two of us! At Firerock Grille we were seated by a cozy fireplace and enjoyed soups (including my favorite lobster bisque) and salads.

stop #2 Firerock Grill

stop #2 Firerock Grill

stop #3 Sunnybrook Country Club

stop #3 Sunnybrook Country Club









Time passes all too quickly and soon it was time to move on for the main course at Sunnybrook Country Club in Jenison. On our way to our lovely banquet room we went through the main dining room and with the lighting were able to sneak a a bit of a peek of their beautiful views of the course. Feeling good, and already fairly full, we were treated to steak, asparagus and shrimp thanks to their own Rush Creek Bistro. Bon Appetit !!

On our way to our last stop at Thousand Oaks Golf Club, many of us were wondering if we would have any room for desserts?!? Of course we would!! There is ALWAYS room for chocolate brownies, Bailey’s, port wine or Kahlua and coffee. Here we met in one of four heated indoor practice bays and Patti Butcher, the managing director, educated us on their new practice facilities. We discovered later, she was named one of Golf for Women Magazine’s top 50 teachers seven times over. Very impressive Patti!!

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks practice facilities


stop #4 Thousand Oaks

stop #4 Thousand Oaks

All and all it was a very enjoyable and relaxing 4 1/2 hours and we made new friends, shared life (and golf) stories, and all agreed there should be more events of this kind to bring the ladies of the four clubs together. If Krystal Barron, the membership director who planned this event, and Patti have any thoughts about future events, there were mum, but we could see their minds working. CHEERS!!!