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Hoyt Team Raises Funds, Awareness, and Solidarity in Race for the Cure


Team PinkPearls Rallies Pearl District Residents in Fight Against Breast Cancer

This year Hoyt joined the fight against breast cancer by organizing a community team for the 17th Annual Komen Race for the Cure. Tapping the spirit of the Pearl District, PinkPearls became a neighborhood-wide team dedicated to raising money to support breast cancer research, education and treatment.

In its inaugural year, Team PinkPearls brought 110 Pearl District residents, professionals, and friends together under the shared goal of supporting the Race for the Cure. Held on Sunday, September 23rd, 2007, Portland’s Race drew a record 47,500 participants, ranking it the third largest in the United States.

“We were thrilled by the level of interest and support expressed by those in our community,” said Marilyn Andersen, Principal Broker at Hoyt Realty Group. “We were so inspired by the level of participation that we have decided to explore additional causes for Team PinkPearls to support. We envision this to become an ongoing effort, as our team members so deeply enjoyed the experience,” Andersen added.

The Team PinkPearls raffle, donation collection, and race participation raised $4,172.85, which will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Race participant, Donna Butterfield, won the raffle’s grand prize: a pink Trek cruiser bike. Fundraising efforts will continue through October 23rd, 2007. Those interested in making donations can do so online at

“We want to thank everyone who helped to make this first-time effort such a success,” Andersen said. “The outcome reflects the spirit, heart, and solidarity that makes the Pearl District neighborhood special. We are proud of each participant, thankful to each person who generously donated, and proud of our community.”

Recognizing the momentum generated by Team PinkPearls, KGW Channel 8 news reporter, Joe Smith, visited Hoyt Realty Group to learn more about the group’s mission and its meaning. To view the television segment, please click here.

Community members who are interested in joining PinkPearls can sign up online at

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Goodman Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan Goodman Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Komen Foundation is an international organization with a network of 75,000 active volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

Hoyt Street Properties is the Pearl District’s largest development company. The group is responsible for developing the Hoyt Yards community, the urban renewal zone at the heart of the Pearl District. Comprised of twelve distinctive projects to date, Hoyt Yards has become a vibrant multiuse neighborhood and a model for urban planners around the world. Hoyt Realty Group is the leading real estate agency in Portland’s Pearl District. Originally created to market Hoyt Street Properties’ 34-acre Hoyt Yards community, the agency expanded to a full-service brokerage to include new sales and re-sales for the entire Pearl District, the Cultural District, and other areas in Portland.

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