Cancer Support Community Relishes Partner in The Agency

Brandon Road, associate manager at The Agency; Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community Pasadena; Meg Symes, executive director of Cancer Support Community; and Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, show a donation check of $10,000 from The Agency to Cancer Support Community.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Brandon Road, associate manager at The Agency; Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community Pasadena; Meg Symes, executive director of Cancer Support Community; and Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, show a donation check of $10,000 from The Agency to Cancer Support Community.

Part of real estate firm The Agency’s introduction to Pasadena a year ago included a $10,000 donation to well-known nonprofit Cancer Support Community Pasadena, a donation the nonprofit underscored as the beginning of a strong corporate friendship.
“They really do have a corporate conscience and they really do want to give back to the community. They wanted to do that as soon as they came here,” said Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community.
Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, said a motivating factor in selecting Cancer Support Community for a donation was the unfortunate reality of how many people are connected in some way to a cancer diagnosis.
“In Pasadena, there’s probably not a real estate office you can walk into without someone who’s been affected by this disease,” Ruelas said. “At the end of the day, we’re always going to circle back to this one. We like the people and how the agency is run. These people are fantastic people. They do great work. We like what they do and how they do it. For all of those reasons, we decided to pick them. We’re always going to support them one way or another.”
Ostiller noted that in addition to the $10,000 donation, The Agency also has supported the nonprofit’s events with donations of amenities such as bottled water. The cash donation was unrestricted, meaning that it was not earmarked for any one line item in Cancer Support Community’s budget.
“And that’s lovely,” she said. “By providing unrestricted funds, Cancer Support Community can use those funds where they are needed the most.
“We have no doubt that The Agency’s support has inspired other corporate giving,” Ostiller added. “They are a role model and part of being a good corporate citizen is taking care of their community’s citizens when they need it the most. It’s very special when we have a corporation in our community which is concerned about its neighbors. The Agency is a real estate company and ultimately they are selling homes, but I think they’re mindful of the people they’re selling these homes to. I think the compassion The Agency is showing for the people who are living in the homes they’re selling is pretty terrific.”
Cancer Support Community Executive Director Meg Symes said her management team was thrilled when The Agency reached out and that giving back helped make the company a true part of its new community.
“The Agency was interested in joining CSCP’s Benefactors Society as a corporate patron. We are grateful to receive such generous support from the company. Without a doubt, their partnership shows that they genuinely care about their neighbors here in Pasadena,” Symes said in a statement. “The Agency, and all of the individual and corporate members in our Benefactors Society, matter greatly to us. Their gifts are touching so many lives — improving lives. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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