RXR Realty Honored by Volunteers of America with Spirit of the Founders Award

Volunteers of America – Greater New York presented RXR Realty with the Spirit of the Founders Award at its 20th Annual Winter’s Eve Gala on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

A message from Volunteers of America:
We honor RXR Realty for its dedication to making a difference in health and welfare of the communities in which it does business and, specifically, in the lives of struggling New Yorkers.

RXR Chairman and CEO Scott Rechler leads by example. He sets the tone for his staff by serving on several nonprofit boards, and encourages his team to get involved in causes that resonate with them.

EVP and Managing Director New York City Bill Elder is equally committed to board service, and is an ardent supporter of Operation Backpack. These gentlemen lend their support in key ways, and empower their staff to do the same.

Staff like Mitchell Grant, now Operations Manager for RXR’s iconic Starrett-Lehigh building in Chelsea. Back in 2008, upon hearing that Volunteers of America had no place to house its Operation Backpack ‘Sort Week,’ during which hundreds of volunteers sort school supplies and assemble backpacks, Mitch responded by finding 8,000 square feet of coveted open space that year, and each year after that.

For the past three, VOA has found the perfect home in the Starrett-Lehigh building. Here, we enjoyed not only 15,000 square feet of open space, but the professionalism and dedication of dozens of building staff. These men and women ensure $1.5 million worth of product moves smoothly on and off the loading dock, our trash is collected, our volunteers are welcomed and our annual campaign to equip nearly 20,000 homeless students with brand new filled backpacks is a success.

RXR’s support doesn’t end when school begins. We are grateful to be a member of the Starrett-Lehigh ‘family’ all year round. The sorting and wrapping of gifts from Volunteers of America’s annual holiday drives takes place at Starrett-Lehigh, and we’re grateful to have secured event space with other building tenants, including a magnificent film studio.

RXR Realty continues to be the consummate corporate partner. We thank you for joining us in acknowledging their generosity.


Published: December 8, 2015
Filed Under: Community Relations

The RXR platform manages 90 commercial real estate properties and investments with an aggregate gross asset value of approximately $15.7 billion as of December 31, 2016, comprising approximately 25.0 million square feet of commercial operating properties and approximately 3,200 multi-family and for sale units under active development in the New York Metropolitan area.