Realtors Rosemary Sowitcky (left) and Mary Radziszewski sort through items recently collected for Boys & Girls Village in Milford.

Mary Radzsizewski says that when she heard about the children who go to Boys & Girls Village in Milford for temporary housing carrying their belongings in plastic shopping bags, she knew she had to do something to help.

Radzsizewski, a Realtor with Weichert Realtor Regional Properties in Orange, rallied her fellow Realtors at the company, along with some clients, to collect donations of small suitcases, travel, tote and duffle bags. The items could be any size and any style, as long as they were in good condition.

“Our goal is to give these children back some self-respect. Hopefully this will begin a path of healing the wounds they have encountered,” said Radzsizewski.

Close to 100 bags were collected and distributed to children in need.

Raveis Begins Cancer Drive

The sales associates and employees of William Raveis Real Estate & Home Services have begun their annual drive to fight breast cancer. This year’s endeavor is the sale of “A Chance for a Cure” raffle tickets ($10 apiece), offering prizes such as: a $9,000 bracelet and other jewelry; a trip for two to Paris and London with airfare, hotel, sightseeing and breakfasts; a plasma-screen television; excursions to Boston and New York; a ski getaway package for four; and more.

2006 marks the third year of fund-raising for the William Raveis Breast Cancer Research Fund, which so far has raised over $500,000 toward the campaign. The funds are donated through the nonprofit organization to the Breast Cancer Alliance in Greenwich, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Also offered are the “Cook for a Cure” cookbook ($21.95) and the 2006 insert for the cookbook ($10) with more than100 recipes.

Raffle tickets, cookbooks and 2006 inserts can be purchased at any William Raveis Real Estate office or by e-mailing The raffle drawing will take place on Nov. 6.

William Raveis Real Estate & Home Services is New England’s largest privately held, family-owned real estate firm. The firm, whose 2005 sales volume exceeds $5.1 billion, is nationally recognized as an industry leader and is dedicated to providing an unparalleled real estate experience to its customers.

William Raveis Real Estate & Home Services attributes its success to a consistent emphasis on integrity, service and experience. The firm’s Web site,, is a source for industry-wide real estate and mortgage information. The site helps homebuyers by offering automatic e-mail notification of new listings and mortgage rates, online appointment scheduling, online home value capabilities, interactive neighborhood mapping of all active and sold listings, insurance and relocation information, and the ability to search all properties listed through various multiple listing services utilizing a variety of search options.

Since 1974, the firm’s 1,700 sales professionals have been dedicated to strengthening their position as industry leaders in technology, marketing and Realtor education. The company has 56 offices in Connecticut and Massachusetts and plans to expand into Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.