April 23, 2015
Latter & Blum Inc. Teams Up with the Brees Dream Foundation and United Way to Support Disaster Assistance for Louisiana Families
Bob presents a donation to Drew Brees on behalf of United Way of Southeast Louisiana on April 23rd at the New Orleans Saints training facility. (New Orleans, LA) – LATTER & BLUM Inc. announced today that it has teamed up with the Brees Dream Foundation in support of the United Way’s “Be The Next One” campaign for disaster assistance and preparedness. Bob Merrick donated $75,000 to match Drew and Brittany Brees’ gift from the Brees Dream Foundation.
The two gifts complete the United Way’s campaign goal of raising $1 million. The final donations will fund American Red Cross programs for St. John the Baptist Parish schoolchildren affected by Hurricane Isaac in 2012. The programs will help students learn how to identify safety hazards and develop coping skills for emergencies.
“I’ve been a lifelong supporter of United Way and the Red Cross,” said Bob Merrick, Chairman & CEO of Latter & Blum Inc. “I am so excited to present this check to Drew Brees and his Brees Dream Foundation. We all care about kids and our community. Our collective investment will help children better understand and prepare for hurricanes and other disasters,” he added.
“Once again, we see true leadership from Bob Merrick as he continues to demonstrate one of Latter & Blum’s core values – building stronger communities in the markets we serve,” stated Rick Haase, President, Latter & Blum, Inc. “Brittany and I believe in giving back,” said Drew Brees. “I’m proud the Brees Dream Foundation is part of this collaborative effort. As a father of four young kids, I know disasters such as hurricanes can leave them feeling confused and scared. These pillowcases will help my children and hundreds others.”
About Latter & Blum Inc.
LATTER & BLUM Inc., established in 1916, is the largest full-service Real Estate brokerage in the Gulf South with 30 offices located in the markets of Greater New Orleans, Greater Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Houma, Lake Charles, and Southern Mississippi. Latter & Blum Inc. operates LATTER & BLUM Inc./REALTORS, C.J. Brown REALTORS Inc., Van Eaton & Romero REALTORS, and Noles-Frye Realty (all four owned by Latter & Blum Inc.). Latter & Blum Classic Homes & Properties, Latter & Blum Shaw Properties, and Latter & Blum Hometown operate under franchise agreements. All are networked nationally and globally as ERA Powered Companies. Additionally, LATTER & BLUM Inc. operates NAI Latter & Blum Commercial Real Estate, Latter & Blum Property Management, Latter & Blum Insurance Services, Platinum Title, and Essential Mortgage Corporation.
(left to right) Michael Williamson, President/CEO United Way SELA; Drew Brees, Brees Dream Foundation; Bob Merrick, Chairman & CEO, Latter & Blum Inc; Chris Claus, United Way Board of Trustees; Rick Haase; Latter & Blum Inc. President & United Way of SELA Board of Directors; Joseph Exnicios, United Way Board of Trustees Chair; Gary Lorio, Red Cross local chapter Board Chair; and John Olynick, St. John the Baptist United Way Community Impact Representative.