Peter Connolly, a senior vice president at CBRE, passed away in 2009, but he was very much front of mind recently when friends and family members set out to organize a charity golf tournament in his name.
They made a round of calls to developers and brokerage firms who responded with “sign me up,” according to Trevor Vietor, senior vice president at Trammell Crow.
In a sweltering 100-degree afternoon, 66 players from various real estate companies teed off at Langston Golf Course in the District to raise money for First Tee of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit that uses golf to teach life skills to young people.
Through registration fees and donations, the Connolly Cup raised $25,000, which nonprofit officials say will support programming and scholarships.
“We haven’t raised this much money all year,” said Clare Connolly of First Tee, and niece of Peter Connolly. “The support was tremendous and will become more unique when we talk about starting a scholarship fund in Peter’s name.”
Peter Connolly was a board member at First Tee. At a dinner following the tournament, friends and family recounted fond memories of him.
“Golf was a really important part of Peter’s life. It was the genesis of these relationships that he carried into his real estate career,” said Brian Connolly, Peter’s older brother and a senior vice president at Akridge.
Companies that participated in the tournament included Boston Properties, Cassidy Turley, Vornado, Hines, Monument, JBG, Lincoln Property Co., Jones Lang LaSalle, Transwestern, Cushman & Wakefield, Brookfield, Tishman Speyer and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.
“He’s a guy that the entire business knew,” said Ben Meisel, managing director of leasing at Akridge. “The commercial real estate industry is a really competitive business. To have a group rally around the cause and his memory speaks to how highly everyone thought of him.”