The Learning Tree

2017 Stirling Olympians Triumph During Annual Games

Raise $53,000 For Local Nonprofits!

2017 Stirling Olympics Musical Chairs

Stirling Properties has its own version of the Olympic Games! Employees recently celebrated the 5th Annual Stirling Olympics, an event hosted by the Stirling Stewardship Committee to raise money for charitable causes throughout the Gulf South region. The event was a HUGE SUCCESS, raising $53,000 for local nonprofit organizations!

Next Generation

Next Generation

Funds raised benefited Next Generation, which helps facilitate student-initiated lunch clubs on Junior and Senior high school campuses to connect students in conversation and with local mentors for guidance on real-life issues such as bullying, suicide, violence, drug abuse, relationship struggles, and excellence in education, as well as The Learning Tree, which provides educational, residential, and support services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Representatives from each organization were on hand to accept a check for $26,500 each.

Learning Tree

The Learning Tree

Throughout the day, Stirling Properties’ team members battled one another in quirky competitions and relay races such as Musical Chairs, Hula Hoop Chain, Caterpillar Race, Dodgeball, Bucket Heads, Puzzle Relay, and The Funky Chicken. Scores were tallied, and individual medals were awarded for each event. Although our athletic skills were not of world-class caliber, a good time was had by all!

The games were judged by Christi and Steve Zito (Zito Russell Architects), Steve Serio (Fishman Haygood), Elizabeth Schmelling (New Orleans Moms Blog & Red Stick Moms Blog), Tommy Buckel (Duplantis Design Group), and Kasey Dorr (RCI). (A couple of flags were thrown, but no players were ejected this year for unsportsmanlike conduct!) Dick Cyr served as the event emcee. Fidelity Bank, Smoothie King, and Whole Foods Market provided participants with food and beverages throughout the day.

The Judges

Elizabeth Schmelling, Tommy Buckel, Christi and Steve Zito,

The Gold Medal overall went to the Lime Tamers. Congratulations to Roslyn Rogers, Denise Tatum, Peggy Sayler, Kelly Wellmeyer, Donna Allsup, Jack Conger, Johnny Tolson, Grady Brame, Chris Mastio, and Tracy Gandy! The Blue Team took home the Silver Medal—Chris Abadie, Claire Draper, Joyce Ori, Sharon Amacker, Brandon Gerak, Rachel Jerkins, Cheri Magee, Kennedy Striplin, Rebecca Pritchard, and Bradley Cook. Gangsters in Paradise secured the Bronze Medal—Griffin Lennox, Donna Derokey, Amanda Goldman, Lynn Blanchard, Kathy McGoey, Scott Macdonald, Saban Sellers, Townsend Underhill, Carly Plotkin, and Kylie Ferguson.

At the end of the day, Stirling Properties’ partnership group treated everyone to a special presentation called “The Mane Event.” They competed among themselves in a hobby-horse obstacle course race! Employees were able to cast votes for Best of Show and Course Grand Champion. Donna Taylor swept the competition in both style and grace with her horse, Sassy Sparkle Boots. Townsend Underhill took home the award for Outstanding UNDERachievement with his horse, Race For The Crown.

A heartfelt thanks to all of our supporting sponsors, including Wright & Percy, Richard Price, Brasfield & Gorrie, Fishman Haygood, Duplantis Design Group, Zito Russell Architects, Whitney Bank, Walker & Dunlop, Rotolo Consultants, IBERIABANK, Fidelity Bank, Capital One, Vinson Guard, Rozas Ward Architects, Louisiana Landscape, J&B Machine Co., BH Management, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, VergesRome Architects, Tudor, Stratum Engineering, Regal Construction, Jefferson Sprinkler, Baker Donelson, and Acadia Land Surveyor.

And a big shout-out to the Stirling Stewardship Committee and the Olympics Committee for all their hard work organizing the event and making it happen! You all deserve a round of applause!!


July 5, 2017|Blog, Stewardship|

Stirling Properties Brokers Acquisition for The Learning Tree, Inc. in Mobile, Alabama

Learning Tree

Stirling Properties is pleased to announce the sale of property to The Learning Tree, Inc. in Mobile, Alabama, that will be used to house office and support staff, as well as allow for future school expansion.

The property is located at 5451 Able Court in Mobile, adjacent to The Learning Tree’s current facility, and was purchased from F&S. The acquisition includes four existing office/warehouse buildings totaling 15,190 square feet. With the new location, office and support staff will now be located next door to the school facility, rather than across town, creating a much more efficient and effective operation. They plan to occupy the space early 2017.

Nathan Handmacher, Stirling Properties Senior Sales & Leasing Executive in Mobile, handled the transaction. “My son attended Woody’s Song School, which is a program of The Learning Tree, so this transaction was rather personal and fulfilling for me,” said Handmacher. “I’m thrilled that we were able to help the school acquire this property that will streamline their operations, so they can continue to focus on the great work they do for the young people in our community.” Handmacher also volunteers for The Learning Tree and serves on the Board of Trustees for the group.

The Learning Tree is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational, residential and support services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism. Programs are designed to help children lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Access to educational opportunities and support services for families and children with developmental disabilities is crucial for their success and growth. In addition, educational expansion leads to economic development and increased job opportunities within the community.

The Learning Tree serves more than 600 children and families from across the state of Alabama and the southeast region of the United States. It operates seven programs in the north, central and southern regions of the state including residential and non-residential schools for children ages 5-21, as well as preschool services.

Stirling Properties is proud to serve the commercial real estate needs for Mobile and the surrounding Gulf South region. Stirling Properties manages more than 17 million square feet of property, with close to 100 million square feet of properties and land for sale or lease in the region. We specialize in brokerage services, development & redevelopment opportunities, acquisitions & investments, and property and asset management, over a wide array of property types.

Nathan Handmacher can be reached at or (251) 342-7229.


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