DANVILLE, Calif. – (Dec. 14, 2007) – The holiday season is here and the spirit of giving is going strong at Alain Pinel Realtors. Real estate professionals in the Blackhawk and Danville offices participated in the Adopt an Angel Program and gathered 100 Christmas gifts for local youths. The gifts were delivered to “Angel” organizers so that program administrators could have the gifts distributed properly before Christmas.Organized and managed by APR Office Administrators Ingrid French (Blackhawk) and Barbara White (Danville), it is the fourth consecutive year in which APR agents have sponsored the gift drive. Adopt an Angel requires a little bit more commitment than many other holiday toy drives. The difference in the Adopt An Angel campaign is that the real estate agents have a specific child they sponsor, with a choice of three possible gifts. It takes a lot more effort but is also so much more gratifying for the agents to know the first name of the children, their age and their desires. Then, the gifts are wrapped and delivered to the sponsoring organization. Program organizers request that gifts total approximately $35.In 2007, the Angels were adopted primarily by agents and staff, although clients also participated. APR expanded its sponsorship to 100 children three years ago after starting with 70 children the first year.“What an awesome job these agents did as a group in pulling together gift support for 100 well deserving, local children that could use some holiday cheer. I am proud of the spirit of giving and compassion our agents have shown in expanding their commitment to the Adopt an Angel Program and touching more lives positively,” said Lisa Crosby-Torres, who manages the Danville and Blackhawk offices of Alain Pinel Realtors.The Adopt an Angel Program benefits the local organization Volunteer & Emergency Services of Contra Costa County.The nearby VESTIA offices provided names and wish lists of approximately 100 underprivileged children who are hoping for a little something on Christmas morning. Their requests are relatively modest, from a new pair of mittens to a favorite plush toy character. Alain Pinel Realtors is just one of many companies in the Tri Valley area that participated in the VESTIA’s Adopt an Angel Program.ABOUT ALAIN PINEL REALTORSFounded by Paul Hulme in 1990, Alain Pinel Realtors has 26 prestigious and luxurious residential real estate offices in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. For the second consecutive year, Alain Pinel Realtors was voted by San Jose Mercury News readers as the Best Full-Service Broker and as the Best Broker for Luxury Homes. Alain Pinel is one of the largest real estate firms nationally with 2006 sales volume of $6.71 billion and an average sales price per transaction side of $1.14 million. Alain Pinel Realtors is a founding member of Luxury Portfolio, an operating unit of The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (formerly RELO). APR has a joint venture partnership in the mortgage lending institution, Private Mortgage Advisors, which is an affiliate of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. For a complete listing of Alain Pinel Realtors offices, services and agents, please visit our Web site at www.apr.com or call 408-741-1111.