Commercial Real Estate Auction to Benefit Five Local Charities


Stroudsburg, PA – Michael Baxter & Associates Commercial Real Estate & Property Management (MB&A) has announced the High Five Charity Auction to be held Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 beginning at 5:30PM.

Participating organizations are American Red Cross, Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, Pocono Services for Families and Children, The Salvation Army and United Way of Monroe County.

The High Five Charity Auction will be a live auction event held at Desaki Restaurant on Rt 611 in Swiftwater and offer the opportunity to bid on commercial real estate, travel, entertainment and other products or services. Three of the properties to be on the block are Memorytown Resort in Paradise Township, Schreck’s Market in Stroud Township, the former Carlton House at 8th and Main Streets in Stroudsburg and an 8-unit apartment in Brodheadsville. Other items include a South African Photo Safari and an autographed New York Giants football. All real estate sold will be donating a minimum of $5,000 with potential for up to 30% or more of the winning bid. The seller and buyer will be able to select the receiving organization for their portion of the donation. All other items sold will benefit the sponsoring charity directly.

Michael J. Baxter, Broker/Owner of Michael Baxter & Associates Commercial Real Estate said, “Our firm has always been fully committed to serving our clients as well as the community. I feel that the High Five Charity Auction is an excellent and innovative approach to accomplishing both at the same time. We are looking forward to making this event a huge success for all involved.”

All of the participating charities are pleased to be involved with this new fund and awareness raising event and had this to say;

Jim Rienhardt, Executive Director of American Red Cross of the Poconos states that “The American Red Cross of the Poconos is honored to be a partner of the High Five Charity Auction.  All contributions given to the Red Cross from this auction will be used for our Disaster Services to help those residents who have experienced an unfortunate personal, natural or physical tragedy.”

“The High Five Charity Auction promises to be a unique community fundraising event and Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to participate.  All donations to MC Habitat will support our efforts to provide affordable housing solutions to low income residents of Monroe County.” According to Nancy Ceglia, Board President of Monroe County Habitat for Humanity.

Executive Director, Tim Lee explains, Pocono Services for Families and Children works to provide resources to meet the needs of community children and families in support of efforts to achieve their goals.  In Monroe County, there are over 5000 children under the age of 5 who live in economically distressed households.  Funds raised through the High Five Charity Auction will assist us in reaching more of these families and children with high quality services and pre-Kindergarten classroom experiences necessary for a child’s success in school and life.

Major James Gingrich, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army in Monroe County shared, “We are blessed to join with other non-profit agencies to be a part of the High Five Charity Auction sponsored by Michael Baxter & Associates Commercial Real Estate. The contributions received from this great event will enable us to continue to offer Shelter to the homeless and feed the hungry of our community.”

“Money raised will benefit the United Way of Monroe County and our efforts to continue ‘Uniting People and Improving Lives’ in our community,” said Executive Director Mathilda Sheptak. “Information on the 33 programs delivered by our 22 health and human service partner agencies will be provided, as well as information on our countywide volunteer website.”

For more information and tickets please call Michael Baxter & Associates (570) 421-7466 or visit Tickets may also be purchased from any of the participating charities. Admission tickets are $35 each with all net proceeds being shared by the five charitable organizations equally.