McCall Realty donates big to area youth organizations |

McCall Realty donates big to area youth organizations

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneMauricio Marquez, 11, holds down the rhythm section at Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon. The club is one of five nonprofit groups that will receive a portion of McCall Realty's 2010 profits.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – For most business people, sacrificing a year’s worth of profits in the name of charity would be unthinkable.

But the idea has been floating around McCall Realty Owner Thane McCall’s head for a decade.

And, on Wednesday, he made the thought a reality, pledging to donate nearly all of McCall Realty’s 2010 profits to five organizations focused on South Shore youth. McCall will reduce his salary to $2,000 under the arrangement.

“There are so many kids who need assistance, whether it’s at home, in school, or socially,” McCall said in a statement. “That need has grown, and especially in this economy, where donations have dwindled but demands have risen. Every child deserves a chance and we hope to help through these agencies. We’ve been fortunate over the years and felt a desire to give back in a way that will hopefully make a difference for kids who need help.”

Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, Court Appointed Special Advocates, South Lake Tahoe Police Activities League, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center and Tahoe Youth and Family Services will each receive a minimum of $4,000 from the donation, but McCall hopes to give them much more.

“The sky’s the limit,” McCall said at a press conference Wednesday. “It could be hundreds of thousands, depends on the economy.”

McCall chose the organizations “based on his experience in the community, personal knowledge of their accomplishments and reputation, as well as need,” according to the statement.

McCall sold the realty business in 2005, but restarted it last summer. The previous success of the business allows for the donation, McCall said.

“I can get by without the income this year,” McCall said Wednesday.

He said he hopes the move will encourage other area businesses to do something similar.

“What’s really unique is the unlimited potential of the concept,” said Steve Rude, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe and vice president of Wells Fargo bank at Stateline. “It serves as a creative model for others at Tahoe, or any other community.”

The donation will fund the start of a teen enterprise program at the Boys & Girls Club that will teach 6th through 12th graders job skills, counseling for child victims of sexual and physical abuse at the Women’s Center and counseling and case management services for children up to nine years old and their families at Tahoe Youth and Family Services.

For the Police Activities League, the money will augment a shoestring budget for the group’s four activities, including boxing and bike programs, said volunteer Hector Reyes.

“Our budget is like real, real minimal,” Reyes said Wednesday. “The money you’re going to give us is going to go a long, long way.”

For CASA, the money will mean more volunteers advocating for about 600 neglected children, said Senior Case Supervisor Kelly Parker.

“This pledge will make a difference in all of our organizations,” Parker said. “There are so many kids who need assistance.”

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