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RISMEDIA, February 28, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® is currently accepting applications for the 12th annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards. The awards recognize REALTORS® for their dedication to volunteer service.

Five winners will be announced in the November issue of REALTOR® Magazine. Each winner will be recognized at the 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., and receive a $10,000 grant for his or her charity. Winners will also receive travel expenses to the conference and national and local media exposure for their community cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant.

“REALTORS® play a significant role in our nation’s communities,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I.

“The Good Neighbor Awards highlight NAR members who spend time and energy to help others. They also remind us that REALTORS® not only help people purchase homes, but they also work to improve the quality of life in those homes.” Phipps was a Good Neighbor Award recipient in 2001 for his work with the Tomorrow Fund.

Last year’s winners contributed a combined total of nearly 8,000 hours to their causes and drew a standing ovation from more than 6,000 REALTORS® and guests during the conference’s general session in New Orleans. The 2010 winners were Keri Kidd Cannon and Pam Kidd, Fridrich & Clark Realty, LLC, Nashville, Tenn., for Children of Zimbabwe Fund-Village Hope; Cathie McGregor Critchlow, The Franklin Group Morgan, LLC, Morgan, Utah, for The Women’s Retreat House; James T. Elcock, Elcock Properties, St. Charles, Mo., for Kids Against Hunger; Dave Philp, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Chaska, Minn., for Ridgeview Foundation/Ridgeview Medical Center; and Wendy and John Rocca, Century 21 Commonwealth, Watertown, Mass., for Operation American Soldier.

“REALTOR® Magazine always looks forward to recognizing REALTORS® who volunteer in their communities,” said REALTOR® Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stacey Moncrieff. “The Good Neighbor Awards allow us to celebrate those members, as well as inspire others to help those in need.”

Previous Good Neighbor Award winners say their charities have benefited from the grant money and the increased public exposure. “Winning the Good Neighbor Award benefitted our work in Zimbabwe in so many ways,” said 2010 Good Neighbor Award winner Keri Kidd Cannon. “The grant provided tremendous relief during a time when raising money can be a bit of a challenge. More importantly, we also received an outpouring of support from the REALTOR® community.”

Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by Friday, May 20, 2011.

For more information, visit www.REALTOR.org/gna or call 800-874-6500.

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