U.S. Marines Collect for Toys for Tots During IREM Boston Holiday Celebration and Awards Night

Seven members of the United States Marine Corps representing the Marine Toys for Tots Program were welcomed by IREM International President Chip Watts during the recent Institute of Real Estate Management® (IREM) Boston Metropolitan Chapter No. 4 Holiday Celebration and Chapter Awards Night held at Granite Links in Quincy.

Donations of toys from IREM Boston Chapter Members and Friends were received by the Marines for distribution to less fortunate children during this holiday season.

Toys for Tots traces its beginnings to 1947, when Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks was asked by his wife Diane to deliver a few of her handcrafted dolls to an agency that supports children in need. The concept transformed into a national community action program one year later. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charity, was established in 1991 at the behest of the Marine Corps to help run and support the Marine Toys for Tots Program.

“Having members of the U.S. Marine Corps to collect our Toys for Tots contributions made a special night even more distinct,” said Melissa Fish-Crane, 2022 president of IREM Boston Metropolitan Chapter No. 4 and principal and COO of the Peabody Companies. “We were delighted and proud to have IREM® International President Chip Watts welcome the Marines during this extraordinary event.”

About the Institute for Real Estate Management®, Boston Metropolitan Chapter No. 4

IREM® is an international institute for property and asset managers (headquartered in Chicago) providing complete knowledge to take on real estate management’s most dynamic challenges. For more than 85 years, IREM has been the world’s strongest voice for all things real estate management; today membership encompasses close to 20,000 leaders in commercial and residential management.

IREM Chapters are independently incorporated, organized groups working in partnership with IREM headquarters to advance the institute’s strategic initiatives and grow the real estate management profession. They offer local connection, continuous learning through IREM courses, networking via business or social events, and volunteer opportunities through chapter leadership and community outreach.

The Boston Metropolitan Chapter No. 4 was founded on May 4, 1938. The growth of the chapter has paralleled the expansion of the real estate industry and the property management profession in its region of influences and is now the largest chapter of the organization. Melissa Fish-Crane serves as the chapter’s 2022 president. Offices are located at 202 Parke Avenue, Quincy, MA 02171. For more information, please call 617-436-7565, email iremboston@iremboston.com, or visit www.iremboston.org.