Walking the Walk 7

Anne Barrington & The Barrington Group Happy Hour Charity Series

Jim Gill was “real.”

Warm and connected to those around him, Jim was involved in children’s charities, helping children access the tools and support necessary to reach their potential. So when he was killed tragically in a car accident in 1998 along with his new wife of just two weeks, his children knew they needed to create a foundation to not only celebrate his life, but the lives of all of us and our ability to make a difference in the world.

Growing up in Colorado, Parker Real Estate Broker Anne Barrington and her siblings learned early from parents Lorraine and Jim the importance of service to others. Taking in foster children and helping them realize their potential through support and nurturing, Jim and Lorraine showed Anne and her siblings how to make a difference. Working as a family, they made sandwiches for those in need, volunteered in soup kitchens and supported battered women’s shelters.

“It was just what my family did,” Anne says.

A graduate of Colorado State University, Anne began her career in sales and was a full-time real estate professional by 1999, the same year she and her sister and brother founded the Jim Gill Foundation. Since their first fundraising event in 1999, the 501(c)3 organization has raised over $110,000 for charities like The Challenge Foundation and the Alpine Autism Center, and most recently raised awareness and scholarship money for Hide In Plain Sight, a local program that helps 860-plus homeless students in the Douglas County School District.

Co-hosted by the Parker Garage, the Hide in Plain Sight fundraiser was the first in the Barrington Group Happy Hour Charity Series, a program designed to raise money and awareness about local communities in need. “Through my business, I’ve gotten to know a lot of other people with a passion to give back, so that inspired me to bring the community together to make a difference for those in need,” said Anne, who’s the mother of daughters, Shea, 16, and Drue, 13. “There are so many great charities right in our back yard that many aren’t even aware of. “My goal — with the support of the Parker Garage — is that our monthly Happy Hour Series will raise awareness about these communities,” said Anne.

And make a difference she has. The Owner and Managing Broker of The Barrington Group, Anne and her hand-picked team of elite real estate professionals regularly contribute to the Women’s Crisis Center by adopting families during the holidays. Other charitable causes in the queue for upcoming happy hour events include Project Linus, which provides blankets to comfort critically ill children, and the Parker Task Force, which relies entirely on volunteers and donations to providing local families in need with food, financial assistance, and help with utilities. Anne’s goal is to double the current amount raised by May 2018, marking the 20-year anniversary of Jim Gill’s passing.