Closing Q1 2022 with Charitable Recognition from York

York is wrapping up Q1 2022. We are incredibly proud to support and promote charitable work and donations to nonprofits made by our employees. Because of their efforts, the following organizations will receive additional contributions from York:

• Animal Protection Shelter of Durham · OBO Property Manager, Virginia Davis

• Durham Rescue Mission · OBO Property Manager, Virginia Davis

• Learning Together · OBO Marketing Manager, Brooke Hanford

• SPCA of Wake County · OBO Director of Property Management, Lamont Farmer

• Women’s Center of Wake County · OBO Commercial Broker, John Koonce

A big thanks to our York employees for all they do out in the community!

Meet Our People

Accounting Manager, Ryan Beacham, joined York Properties in 2015 and has been busy ever since building tools to help create efficiencies, managing a team of accountants, and keeping a whole list of properties going strong. He is a University of Maryland alumni, having graduated with a degree in accounting and business administration.

Ryan’s family is originally from the Triangle, but he has spent most of his life in the DC/Baltimore metro area. He moved down to Harnett County eight years ago because he really loved the area and wasn’t much of a big city person.

When he’s not in the office Ryan enjoys camping, shooting, yard work, and anything that gets him outdoors. He also volunteers his time handling finance work for his church, Buies Creek First Baptist.

Ryan believes in putting everything you’ve got into whatever you do. Do it right, or don’t do it at all. He says he enjoys working with York because of the people. “We have a phenomenal team of really great people. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some outstanding clients, as well, that I’ve really built solid relationships with over the years.”

We are fortunate to have him on our team!

An Unexpected Moment in Giving Back

Marketing Manger, Brooke Hanford, recently attended Learning Together’s annual fundraiser  – the Rock, Paper, Scissors Showdown. Her family came in 3rd in the contest – not too shabby – but below is her real take-away from the evening.


“There are times when I find myself groaning inside about something I committed to attend over the upcoming weekend. Call it selfish, tired from the week, or just plain lazy…occasionally it happens.

On any given Tuesday morning when I’m in “work mode” – fully caffeinated and ready to tackle the day’s challenges – a charitable event on Saturday evening is right up my alley. (YES – let’s do this thing!!!) But on Saturday morning while cleaning up from a family breakfast and thinking ahead about many loads of laundry, and/or floors that need to be mopped, and/or kitty litter that needs to be changed, and/or a dozen other things I could rattle off, that SAME charity event doesn’t sound quite as appealing. (UGH – what was I thinking?)

Mind you, my groaning is never actually audible. I have 2 tween-aged kids with eagle-hearing whom I regularly instruct NOT to “moan and groan” when I ask them to do something they don’t want to do. If you’re a parent to kids you know what I’m talking about. If you’re a parent to a cat, try calling them to cuddle in your lap when you’ve had a hard day. That empty, unfeeling gaze they cast your way before looking elsewhere and then walking away is basically the same thing you’d get from a tween who you’ve just offended by instructing them to make their bed and put some laundry away. I digress…

But here’s something interesting I’ve noticed…I don’t ever recall a time when I committed to a charitable event and came back from it with the same sulkiness. Instead I feel energized, hopeful…powerful in a way. And that little bit of good that I did while I was there – whether it was volunteering or making a donation – is amplified by all the other people who made the same choice and showed up. One person can do a little, but a group of people with a common cause can do SO much good!

This past weekend I was hit with just such an event. We had a busy Saturday ahead…several scheduled events fell on the same day. And even though my family was planning to attend this event together, and I had really been looking forward to it earlier in the week, I’d be lying if I said I was excited when 4:00 PM Saturday rolled around and it was time to head out.

Thirty minutes later we arrived at Big Boss Brewing Company. We were there to support an all-inclusive school called Learning Together through their annual Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament fundraiser. The event was both engaging and fun. We participated in silent auction bidding and purchased a ticket for the raffle item. We planned our family strategy for the bracket-style Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. (Turns out the entire strategy was to buy our way back in through a donation to Learning Together if we lost in the first round of competition.) And we enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner. Despite all the fun my oldest kid must have asked me 3 times in the first hour when we would be able to go home. I sighed (on the inside, mind you) but smiled and reminded her we were there for a good cause and I didn’t know when we would go home.

And then after a while, as fundraisers tend to do, it turned serious. The auctioneer got our attention and a husband & wife came up to the microphone and began to speak about their experience with Learning Together. They spoke from the heart about their two sons, and as I felt the weight of their words it occurred to me to look at my kids. Instead of the sullen tweens anxious to leave, I saw two engaged and attentive children staring at the stage enraptured with what these people were saying. I’m sure they had never before heard adults speak like this – bearing their hearts to strangers, telling us their fears and challenges in a very real and unfiltered way. My youngest – a sensitive kid, like her Mom – had misty eyes when she looked back at me. After those few minutes of sharing were over my kids clapped and smiled. And not just the polite “I will clap because that’s what people are doing” clap. This was something they felt inside that had to make it out into the world. I will be forever grateful for that moment, when the community that I thought I had come to give back to, gave so much more to me.

For the record I was not asked again by either of the children when we would get to go home. Instead, when we offered to sneak out about 20 minutes before the end of the event because it was getting so late they both asked if we could stay. And we did.

NOTE: I would be remiss to overlook the generosity of my employer in this. My family and I were able to attend Learning Together’s Rock-Paper-Scissor’s tournament as part of a corporate sponsorship from York Properties. The York family has a long history of civic engagement and community support and I am honored to be a part of the company.”

Raleigh Union Station wins NACE Award

On Tuesday, March 8th, Raleigh Union Station was presented with a NACE Triangle of Excellence award for “Best Team Event” for our Palm Springs Event Planners Brunch.

The event was produced by our event staff and the City of Raleigh.  We are very excited to work with so many industry pros including:

Fresh Affairs  ·  C&D Collective  ·  Aneesa Glines  ·   CE Rental Raleigh  ·  Alyssa Ruth  ·  Arie Corin Events  ·  Kelli Ranck Harrison  ·  McCormick Creations & Co.

The awards gala was held at Raleigh Union Station and our RUS Events Manager, Karen Clymer, was there to accept the award.

360 Photo Booth Video with RUS Events Manager, Karen Clymer