Friday, September 28, 2007

Keller Williams Cares Benefit for Forest Lake Realtor--Rally for Dave!

I met Dave Van Alstine on my first week as a Realtor. He started with the same broker on the same week as I did. Dave had a full time job and was nearing retirement. He started real estate part time to get a business going for a retirement career.
Known for his ready smile and stories about his family and boating excursions on Lake Superior, Dave enjoys life. I enjoyed every continuing education class that I was lucky enough to share with him.


Dave was the perfect Realtor. My favorite story of Dave’s sales and marketing ability is when he was doing a Sunday afternoon open for a small townhouse development in North Branch, a town just north of the Twin Cities. Dave wanted traffic at the open and tried to think of where the perfect first time buyers would hang out on a Sunday afternoon. He had a brilliant idea. He took a piece of cardboard and wrote a handmade sign and stuck it at the end of the local McDonald’s Drivethru. He sold out the development that day…Around half a dozen sales in one day.

A few months after I joined Keller Williams Premier Realty, I noticed that Dave’s name on our list of new agents at the office. I immediately called and welcomed him aboard our team. We were very lucky he chose to be a KW agent. I even watched his files on his vacation a few weeks later.
Dave isn’t selling much real estate these days. He was diagnosed in 2005 with a malignant tumor behind his left eye and into his brain called “Olfactory Neuro Blastoma”. This is a rare tumor (1,000 cases in the last 75 years) without much knowledge of what causes it. Dave just came through his third surgery this week…We are all praying for a full recovery.

Our KW Cares team has organized a Rally for Dave. There will be a pancake breakfast and on-line auction in early October. This is a public auction open for bids from anyone, not just Keller Williams agents.
Visit the Rally for Dave Website to read more about Dave, bid on great items or donate to defray his medical costs. Prayers are also appreciated.
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