260 Edens & Avant Employees Give Time, Energy to Charity

October 14, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – October 10, 2008  – Refinishing furniture and washing passenger vans for victims of child abuse isn’t listed in Leasing Director Nick Roth’s job description. However, giving time and energy to charitable organizations during Edens & Avant’s annual Service Day comes with working at the company.

On October 16, Roth and 260 other employees will be volunteering at 20 charitable organizations across the East Coast, including 12 in Columbia. The Company will close offices for the day so that employees can help kids, needy families, animals, parks and more.

“In today’s environment, now is the time to step up and get more involved in helping our communities,” commented Terry S. Brown, Edens & Avant Chief Executive Officer. “Our theme for the day – Operation: Footprint – is all about taking that step and making a positive impression.”


Covering graffiti, landscaping, painting cottages, stuffing packets, installing siding and roofing on Habitat for Humanity homes, packaging food, picking up trash and feeding families are some of the activities that employees will be participating in during the day.

”Volunteers like the employees of Edens & Avant are wonderful examples of what we call shining stars – people in the community whose love, attention and assistance make the lives of our children better,” said Elizabeth Caulk, director of development at Carolina Children’s Home.

The organizations collaborating with Edens & Avant are these:

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

American Cancer Society

Capitol Area Food Bank

Carolina Children’s Home

Carolina Wildlife Care

Epworth Children’s Home

Florida Avenue Market (Washington, D.C.)

Greater Boston Food Bank

Habitat for Humanity

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Atlanta’s Hope Care Home

Keep the Midlands Beautiful

Kids in Distress (Miami)

Killingsworth Home

March of Dimes

Palmetto Project

Ronald McDonald House (Columbia and Orlando)

Second Harvest Food Bank (Charlotte)

St. Lawrence Place

Virginia Blood Services

Washington, D.C., Children’s National Medical Center


“The needs of these organizations are great, but so are our opportunities,” continued Brown. “We will be putting in more than 2000 community service hours next Thursday. Just imagine what can be done in that time.”

About Edens & Avant

Edens & Avant, owner of Trenholm Plaza, Lexington Pavilion and Shoppes at Woodhill, is one of the leading retail real estate companies in the nation. The Company’s portfolio of over 130 shopping centers in 14 East Coast states consists of mixed-use developments as well as lifestyle, neighborhood and power centers.

Focusing on high density, infill locations, Edens & Avant currently has projects in development in growing markets from Boston to Miami. The Company has regional headquarters in Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami and Columbia (Corporate Office).

For additional information about Edens & Avant and its retail real estate portfolio, please visit www.edensandavant.com.