Paying it forward, looking back

HANALEI — North Shore Realtor Wren Perdue is honoring the memory of her younger brother by donating 5 percent of her commission on a recent home sale to the Kauai YMCA.

Bruce Perdue died in a traffic accident on March 21, 2012. He was a year-and-a-half younger than Wren.

In celebration of his birthday, April 22, $1,800 went to the nonprofit and Perdue said she’s not stopping there. She has decided to keep honoring her brother’s memory by donating some of her commission from every sale to a local nonprofit on behalf of her clients.

“He (Bruce) was always trying to push me to do better things and to be greater, so I felt like I was inspired by him,” Perdue said. “He was in the National Guard and he was a hard-working, humble, good-looking kid. He was ambitious.”

Perdue said she works with Hanalei’s Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty, but she’s also incorporated her own brand, Purdue Properties.

Perdue grew up in a family that promoted volunteering and paying it forward in life. She has a younger brother, Christian. Her parents were involved in civic volunteering, as well as with church groups.

“Every donation is in loving memory of my brother and it’s all to honor Bruce,” Perdue said. “It seemed fitting to me to do it on his birthday, and then I thought, why not do it every time I make a sale?”

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