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Real Estate Council

The Real Estate Council is a group of New York City real estate industry executives and leaders who support and promote the Make-A-Wish mission. The members, who represent many of the top companies in the industry, help fund wishes through both traditional fundraising activities and by lending in-kind services, resources and expertise to help grant design and construction related wishes.

Wishes Granted with the Real Estate Council

Bedroom Art Studio

Make-A-Wish Metro New York calls on the Real Estate Council whenever a construction-related wish comes up, which was just the case earlier this year. A teen artist who lives with autoimmune polyglandular syndrome wished transform his bedroom into a cool space where he could create art, play video games and hang out with friends.

Led by Structure Tone and Eric DeSimone of Savanna Funds, the Real Estate Council went to work, replacing the carpet with new wood flooring, painting, and adding new lighting, new furniture and a brand-new flat screen TV.

A special thanks to the following companies who without their generous contributions this wish would not have been made possible:

Newport Painting: Ralph Palmeri
Consolidated Carpet: Angel Caban
Evenson Best: Sean Stenson and Richie Torres
Knight Electric: Tim Difilipo
Structure Tone: Tom Lynch, Mike Caroselli, Kaicer Gaona Jr., Karly O'Brien, and Dan Finnegan
Savanna Funds: Eric DeSimone

Newport Painting & Restoration logo    Consolidated Carpet logo    EversonBest logo 
Knight Electric logo 200       StructureTone logo    Savanna Fund logo 100

Playroom Jail

Five-year-old Sebastian wants to be a police officer and loves pretending to lock up the bad guys. After three years of treatment for a form of liver cancer,Sebastian and his family came to Make-A-Wish. Sebastian's wish was to add a play jail cell to his playroom so he and his family can spend time together doing what Sebastian loves best.

A special thanks to the following companies who without their generous contributions this wish would not have been made possible:

Patella Woodworking: Michael A. Ostroff

Thomas M. Amato Co., Inc: John A. Amato

Patella woodworking 150     Thomas Amato 250

 Sebastian's jail 500




Real Estate Council Holiday Fundraiser

The Real Estate Council hosted its second annual holiday fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish Metro New York. Through their efforts, they raised $88,000 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in our community. To view photos of the event, please click here. For a list of our generous sponsors, please click here.

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Real Estate Council Members 2017-2018

Dan Finnegan, Senior Vice President, Structure Tone; Chair, Real Estate Council

Ken Browne, Partner, Urban Development Partners

Mark Deieso, Senior Director, Gardiner & Theobald

Greg DeMarco, Principal, The Rock Brook Consulting Group

Eric DeSimone - Vice President, Savanna

Brian Donaghy, Vice Chairman, Structure Tone

Marc Freud, Partner, Trout Brook Realty

Eric Friedman, VP Facilities Client Services, NBC

Joshua King, Director, Investment Banker, Eastdil Secured

Joe Lauro, Principal, Gensler

Eric LeClair, Vice President, Design and Construction, Global Holding Management Corp.

Remy Leibersohn, Associate, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex Liscio, Vice President, Leasing, Brookfield

Chris McCartin, Managing Director, Tishman Speyer

Chris Mee, Director of Facilities, Gibson Dunn

Meghan O'Reilly, Director, Design and Construction, MetLife

Sarah Pontius, Senior Vice President, CB Richard Ellis

Joseph Rossi, Executive Director - Design & Construction - Global Real Estate, Verizon

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