Forms Philanthropic Partnership With Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
Multifamily Industry Shows Support By Wearing Green Giving Silicon Bracelets

  CHICAGO, April 8, 2005 - -, a leading online real estate rental site, announced today it has formed a philanthropic partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) to help improve the lives of children and families in their time of need. The philanthropic campaign will be rolled out nationally at industry trade shows and events where has a presence.

As part of the charitable program, will donate one dollar to the RMHC-CNI for each Green Giving silicon bracelet distributed and worn by multifamily industry professionals. Bracelets can be obtained at trade shows and other multifamily industry events where is in attendance during April, May and June of this year. estimates it will distribute over 5,000 bracelets in support of the philanthropic partnership in 2005.

" is enthusiastic about bringing the multifamily industry together through a philanthropic endeavor and making a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities," said Tim Fagan, General Manager and Senior Vice President of "We feel that the Ronald McDonald House's "home away from home" mission to provide housing to families of children receiving medical treatment at nearby hospitals is an excellent match for By wearing these bracelets, individuals can show their support of the RMHC-CNI and help to make a difference in the lives of children and families."

"Sixty families wake up in one of the three Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Ronald McDonald Houses each morning. We are sincerely grateful that has chosen our charity to receive the proceeds of their philanthropy campaign," said Doug Porter, Executive Director of the RMHC-CNI. "Their generous donation will allow the Ronald McDonald Houses to continue to provide a home away from home in a comfortable, caring environment and keep families together during a difficult period."

More information, including a schedule of upcoming trade shows and events where will be distributing Green Giving bracelets is available at

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