'Debbie's Buck - It Bash' Raises Funds To Support Emerging Women Leaders In Real Estate

  • Debbie Frank's family at the inaugural "Debbie's Buck-it-Bash" at Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago.Lynn Renee Photography

    Debbie Frank's family at the inaugural "Debbie's Buck-it-Bash" at Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago.Lynn Renee Photography

 
 
Updated 6/7/2022 10:43 AM

CHICAGO, IL (JUNE 6, 2022) - With over 425 guests and more than 50 Corporate Sponsors, the inaugural "Debbie's Buck-It Bash", the primary fundraiser for the Debbie Frank Legacy Fund, was a huge success. The Fund, an initiative of Golub & Company and the Golub Family Foundation, supports organizations dedicated to providing education, mentorship, and community connection for emerging women leaders in real estate.

The late Debbie Frank, known for her "unbridled awesome,' directed Golub & Company's commercial leasing group for 14 years. She was a force of nature, a beacon of light, and a respected and accomplished leader in the Chicago-area commercial real estate community who spent a significant amount of time mentoring other women in the industry.

 

The Fund is donating $100,000, in her name, to support educational scholarships through two organizations: CREW Chicago and The Goldie Initiative. $25,000 will be awarded to each of four deserving women pursuing their graduate degrees in real estate.

"While we will always miss the inspiration and vibrancy Debbie added to our lives, I believe we have created something special that will keep her legacy of support for women in this industry alive," said Paula Harris, managing principal, Golub & Company. "We are excited to help the scholarship recipients find their own "unbridled awesome' just as Debbie did during her short life."

Next year, Debbie's Buck-it Bash will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023. For more information, be sure to visit www.debbiefranklegacyfund.com.

About Debbie Frank

A graduate of the University of Texas and Kent College of Law, Debbie created a compelling 22-year career in commercial real estate, including most recently as senior vice president of leasing for Golub & Company. Throughout her career, she was known for being a proactive problem-solver and relationship-builder with great energy and empathy. Debbie died from cancer at the age of 44 in December 2020, leaving behind her husband, young daughter and numerous family members, friends, colleagues and peers who remember her for her brilliance, unique personality, sharp sense of humor and boundless compassion.

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Debbie always advocated for the advancement of women in the industry and was a mentor to many women real estate professionals both within Golub and in the greater Chicago commercial real estate community. She was a member of CREW Chicago and COLBA (Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association). The Debbie Frank Legacy Fund aims to capture her commitment to boosting others and helping them achieve great things in their lives and careers.

About Golub & Company

Since its founding in 1960, with three generations of professionals working in the business, Golub & Company has built a strong reputation as a trusted co-investor and developer with its many institutional and private capital partners. Golub and its affiliates have owned, leased, or managed more than 50 million square feet of commercial, mixed-use, and multifamily real estate properties, including 45,000 residential units, valued in excess of $10 billion located across the United States and internationally. Access more information by visiting www.golubandcompany.com.

About CREW Chicago

CREW Chicago is the preeminent organization for senior-level executive women in the Chicago real estate field. As part of CREW Network, with its robust global membership, CREW Chicago is dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate. Since 1987, CREW Chicago has connected commercial real estate professionals and created a dynamic and supportive environment to promote advancement and encourage our members to be a force of activism and involvement in our communities. CREW Chicago pushes the boundaries in every facet of commercial real estate, aiming to create more opportunities for women in commercial real estate.

CREW Chicago annually awards scholarships for graduate and junior or senior undergraduate students majoring or concentrating in real estate or related real estate fields. The scholarships are awarded to well-rounded candidates, with a focus on academics and community service, and are intended to help qualified students pursue an education that will lead them into productive careers in Chicagoland's commercial real estate community, with active participation in CREW Chicago. CREW Chicago has added the Debbie Frank Legacy Fund Scholarship as an expansion of its program. More information: www.crewchicago.org.

About The Goldie Initiative

The mission of The Goldie Initiative is to prepare women for senior leadership roles in all sectors of commercial real estate. The Goldie Initiative does this by providing scholarship support for graduate study, mentorship and networking opportunities to women with high potential who are committed to becoming the leaders in the real estate industry. More information: www.goldieinitiative.org.

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