Three years ago, Cushman & Wakefield’s Broker Madness event began as a humble fundraiser for a worthy cause near and dear to many in the Silicon Valley: Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes to a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
Cushman & Wakefield, sponsored Broker Madness on Thursday, March 26th at The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill in San Jose. The brokerage teamed up with sponsors throughout Silicon Valley to unite the commercial real estate community for a spirited Pop-a-Shot basketball competition in honor of one of America’s most popular annual obsessions: College basketball’s March Madness.
Nearly 200 people attended this year’s event, including the Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, John C. Cushman III, and the Millwards, a family that recently benefited from a Make-A-Wish experience. The 2015 event raised $40,000, which brings the aggregate funds raised to $65,725 in three years. This year’s extremely generous full court sponsors included Hathaway Dinwiddie, Prudential Real Estate, Berliner Cohen and Deutsche Bank. The charitable event was also supported by five half court sponsors and six 3-point sponsors and generous donations. The raffle was a huge success comprised of $10,000 worth of donated prizes including a trip to Vegas with limo service.
The bracket-style basketball shooting competition was naturally a great source of entertainment, and was culminated by an amazing shooting performance by San Francisco’s Sam Wasserstein. The Cushman & Wakefield broker’s performance earned him the coveted first place trophy and bragging rights for another 12 months.
Clearly, by far the poignant highlight of the evening, however, were the emotional words of a young man named Ben Millward. Ben shared his experience with cancer and his family’s ability to temporarily escape from the arduous realities that families must face when fighting this most dreaded disease. His wish was to visit Hawaii with his family and that wish was granted by Make-A-Wish.
Event host Jeff Cushman, and Executive Managing Broker for C&W Silicon Valley expressed his thankfulness following the evening’s conclusion: “We could not have held such a successful event without participation from the industry, the community, our staff and the many Make-A-Wish contributors. While it was all a lot of fun, the best part about all this is that we will make some very special wishes come true. We look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area in 2016.”