DALLAS, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Transwestern's Dallas office today announces nearly $265,000 has been donated to the Van Zandt Family Trust, benefiting former Transwestern team member Tommy Van Zandt and his family. In 2009, Van Zandt fell from a ladder while trimming trees in his backyard, leaving him a quadriplegic. Transwestern's Dallas office united the Dallas real estate community to raise money for his long road of treatments and care, hosting the first "Tommy's Nite Out" event in June 2009 and raising more than $200,000 for the Van Zandt family. Five years later, with the Van Zandt Family Trust depleted, Transwestern, Hall Financial Group and other commercial real estate professionals banded together once again and on May 22 held the "Tommy's Nite Out – The Reunion" fundraiser.
Van Zandt served for approximately 10 years with Transwestern and led the agency leasing – office team in Dallas before returning to his home state of Arkansas to start his own firm. He remains a partial owner and managing partner of Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Sage Partners, the commercial real estate firm he co-founded. In order to continue working, Van Zandt begins each day with two caregivers, four breathing treatments and 30 pills. The cost of all his treatments, breathing equipment, medication and caregivers exceeds $20,000 a month, little of which is covered by insurance.
The goal was to raise $240,000 – enough to cover 12 months of care, and "Tommy's Nite Out – The Reunion" exceeded this goal, raising a total of $264,919 to date.
"Tommy is an incredible husband, dad, professional and Christ-based servant leader," said Jack Eimer, Transwestern's Central president. "It was humbling to see how the Dallas commercial real estate community came together and responded once again to the needs of Tommy and his family."
"Tommy's Nite Out – The Reunion" was held on May 22 at Saint Ann's Court. Sponsorship packages ranged from $1,000 to $10,000, and donations were accepted online from those who could not attend the event. Although Van Zandt has not lived in Dallas for the last 14 years, he was able to attend the fundraiser and thank his supporters in person. View photos as well as a video from the event.
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