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Coldwell Banker Raises $61k for Charity at Annual Golf Outing

Michael O’Connor, ofColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage Yorktown Heights office, presents a trophy to Rich McNichol of McNichol Home Inspections.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County raised $61,600 for Friends of Karen Inc. at the 10th annual Coldwell Banker-Erin O’Connor Memorial Golf Outing.

The tournament is held annually in memory of Erin O’Connor and raises funds for Friends of Karen, a nonprofit organization that supports critically ill children and their families. Erin O’Connor, who died of a brain tumor in 1999 at the age of 13, was the daughter of Michael O’Connor, an associate real estate broker affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Yorktown Heights.

“The sales associates and employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage dedicate a lot of time and effort into organizing this golf tournament each year because Friends of Karen provides invaluable support and services to families and children who are dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses,” said Joseph A. Valvano, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County. “We are very proud of Michael for spearheading this tournament, and want to thank the sponsors and real estate community for again stepping up to contribute to the success of this year’s outing.”

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O’Connor said, “I am so grateful for the generosity that is demonstrated each year by our community. Through this outing, we have been able to make significant contributions to Friends of Karen, which relies on the community’s support to be able to continue to assist children who are undergoing treatment, as well as their families.”

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them stable, functioning and able to cope. Since Friends of Karen was founded in 1978, the organization has assisted more than 14,000 children and their families.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage operates approximately 51 offices with more than 2,200 affiliated sales associates in Connecticut and Westchester County. For more information, please visit

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