Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dallas commercial real estate community plans fundraiser for injured exec

Even in one of the worst business environments in decades, commercial real estate industry members are lining up to do an elaborate fundraiser for a long-time local executive. Tommy Van Zandt was paralyzed after a fall earlier this year.

The Dallas commercial property community is holding a fundraising bash next week at the American Airlines Center seeking money to support the former real estate broker’s medical and family expenses.
So far the effort has yielded more than $145,000 in pledges.

“We’ve all come together for one of our own,” said Randy Garrett, an officer at real estate service firm Transwestern where Van Zandt where worked for many years, until moving to Fayetteville, Ark., in 2004 to start his own company. He fell at home in February while trimming trees and was left with a severe spinal cord injury. Van Zandt is now in a rehabilitation center in Denver. On June 11, local real estate firms will sponsor the three-hour fundraiser in the plaza outside the American Airlines Center. Called Tommy’s Nite Out, the event will feature live bands, food and a silent auction.

Sponsors of the charitable event include Transwestern, Hall Financial Group, Hillwood, Capstar Commercial, Cushman & Wakefield, Jones Lang LaSalle, Behringer Harvard, BOKA Powell, Duke Realty, Scott & Reid General Contractors, Texas Capital Bank, Stream Realty, Granite Properties, Crescent Realties and NexBank.
(Pictured above: Transwestern Tommy Van Zandt with his wife, Robyn)
10:43 AM CDT on Friday, June 5, 2009
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning