TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Solidifi, a leading real estate appraisal
management firm, today launched the Buck At A Time charitable program
at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Through the
program, members of Solidifi's appraiser network can donate one dollar
from their appraisal fee to charity. Buck At A Time donations will
fund local programs and research at Holland Bloorview and expand to
include other children's rehabilitation centres across Canada.
According to Solidifi President and CEO, Jason Smith, Buck At A Time's
appraiser-driven focus separates it from other industry charity
programs. "At its core, Buck At A Time is about unlocking the power of
our 3,000 strong Canadian appraiser network," he says. "Imagine the
difference they can make simply by donating a dollar or more from each
appraisal transaction to benefit the communities in which they live and
work. I'm thrilled that Solidifi is not only able to strengthen the
relationships our appraiser partners have with their communities, but
also to launch the first program of its kind in the industry."
Smith initiated Buck At A Time in response to a life changing event. In
2007, his six-year-old son nearly lost his life battling bacterial
meningitis. Through Holland Bloorview's rehabilitation programs and
services, his son made a complete recovery. As a result, Smith and his
family are committed to supporting the work of children's
rehabilitation centres. Smith expects 90% of annual donations to fund
local children's rehabilitation hospitals in the form of mobility
devices, therapy, respite care, home improvements and support for
families; 10% of annual donations will fund research of childhood
disability at Holland Bloorview, which positively impacts children with
Michael Kal, President, Cornerstone Property Appraisals and Consulting,
was one of the first appraisers to enroll in the program. "I'm proud
to be associated with Buck At A Time," he says. "On behalf of all
appraisers in Ontario, I truly appreciate the opportunity to make a
difference in the community."
Says Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids
Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, "We are grateful to have corporate
partners, like Solidifi. The support we receive from Solidifi's
appraiser community will ensure children and their families have access
to the best research in childhood disability focused on developing new
technologies, testing new therapies and trying new approaches to enable
kids to a better quality of life. We look forward to a long and
meaningful partnership with Solidifi."
Adds Smith, "The program is a definite win-win for everyone involved:
Appraisers can support a worthwhile cause and unite with their
communities; children's rehabilitation hospitals such as Holland
Bloorview can continue their important research, developing new
therapies and technologies. And, as an organization, Solidifi can
assist in the cause through fundraising events and connecting our
appraisers with their communities. I'm extremely encouraged by the
number of appraisers who've already embraced the program and I look
forward to taking the program stateside later this year."
Solidifi is a leading provider of appraisal management solutions to the
North American financial services industry. The organization offers a
flexible service platform for procuring collateral valuation from
marketplace vendors and appraisers which allows its customers to make
incredibly smart decisions. Named one of Mortgage Technology
Magazine's 'Top 50 Service Providers' for 2010-11, Solidifi is
headquartered in Toronto with an office in Chicago. Additional
information about Solidifi is available at www.solidifi.com.
About Holland Bloorview
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation raises funds
in the community for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Holland Bloorview is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation
hospital. It pioneers treatments, technologies, therapies and
real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to
participate fully in life. For more information, please visit: www.hollandbloorviewfoundation.ca
SOURCE Solidifi Inc.
For further information:
Brent Artemchuk, Vice President, Marketing & Communications