The National Association of REALTORS¬ģ (NAR) has named 10 REALTORS¬ģ as finalists in the REALTOR¬ģ Magazine 2017 Good Neighbor awards, the organization recently announced:
Deborah Berg,¬†Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,¬†Birmingham, Mich.,¬†for United Methodist Women’s Rummage Sale
Berg runs one of the country’s largest rummage sales, which raises¬†$225,000¬†per year to support people in need through 35 local, national and international nonprofits. She manages a force of more than 700 volunteers during the twice-annual, week-long sales. Through the rest of the year, she oversees the acquisition of furniture and high-value donations.
JoAnn and Joseph Callaway,¬†Those Callaways Real Estate,¬†Scottsdale, Ariz.,¬†for Salvation Army
The Callaways mobilized thousands of local real estate professionals to serve as volunteer bell ringers, who collected more than¬†$250,000¬†in red kettle donations for¬†the Salvation Army. The Callaways also founded an innovative program that has raised¬†$1¬†million¬†to support addiction recovery.
Sal Dimiceli, Sr.,¬†Lake Geneva Area Realty,¬†Lake Geneva, Wis.,¬†for The Time Is Now To Help
Dimiceli founded a¬†nonprofit to¬†ease the suffering of people living in poverty. He personally responds to requests for help by providing financial¬†counseling and addressing individual needs, whether it’s¬†providing emergency food assistance, transportation¬†or child¬†care so a person can hold a job, or paying overdue rent to prevent eviction. In 28 years, he has donated and raised nearly¬†$17 million.
Lara Dolan,¬†Keller Williams Realty Consultants,¬†Roswell, Ga.,¬†for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dolan is the¬†driving force behind ShamRockin’ for a Cure, an annual event that has raised more than¬†$2.5 million¬†to help patients with cystic fibrosis. She uses her vast network of community connections to increase attendance and sponsorships to help CF patients get closer to a cure.
Bryson Garbett,¬†Garbett Homes,¬†Salt Lake City, Utah,¬†for Foundation Escalera
Garbett founded a nonprofit¬†that provides access to education to children in the rural¬†Chiapas region of¬†Mexico. In 18 years, his organization‚ÄĒwhich has built 177 classrooms and provides high school scholarships‚ÄĒhas helped nearly 100,000 students.
Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services,¬†Pittsburgh, Pa.,¬†for Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund
Hanna leads a nonprofit that donates millions to¬†children’s hospitals to fund treatment for children without insurance or whose treatment isn’t¬†covered by insurance.¬†Since 1987, Hanna and his company’s 9,000 real estate professionals in eight states have raised and donated more than¬†$14 million.
Louise McLean,¬†RE/MAX Solutions,¬†Merritt Island, Fla.,¬†for Space Coast Association of¬†REALTORS¬ģ Charitable Foundation
McLean founded a nonprofit to support the more than 2,200 homeless children in Florida’s Brevard County with necessities such as food,¬†clothing,¬†school supplies, glasses and¬†toiletries. They also provide nonessentials like¬†sports equipment, band instruments and even college scholarships, allowing children to further their education.
Mony Nop,¬†Mony Nop Real Estate,¬†Livermore, Calif.,¬†for Mony Nop Foundation
Nop created a nonprofit to encourage kids to set goals and achieve them by providing leadership training and scholarships. He uses his own experience as a child who fled the¬†Khmer Rouge in¬†Cambodia¬†during the 1970s to motivate thousands of middle school and high school students to overcome their own challenges.
Donna Ting,¬†Tri Isle Realty & Development Co.,¬†Wailuku, Hawaii,¬†for La’akea
Ting¬†co-founded a residential and day program for developmentally disabled adults, the first of its kind to open on¬†Maui¬†since 1985. The facility includes a community center,¬†a farm¬†and a country store to provide life skills training and activities to help clients lead more independent and meaningful lives.
Kay Wilson-Bolton,¬†CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate,¬†Santa Paula, Calif.,¬†for SPIRIT of¬†Santa Paula
Wilson-Bolton¬†founded Many Meals, which feeds up to 600 people a hot meal every Wednesday. She also distributes 30,000¬†pounds¬†of¬†food per month¬†through¬†a food bank, and,¬†as an ordained chaplain, runs a reception center behind her real estate office where she counsels people in need.
“The Good Neighbor Award represents a thriving culture of giving back, and each of our finalists have made a tremendous difference in their communities,” says NAR President¬†Bill Brown. “We congratulate this year’s 10 finalists for their outstanding efforts to help make the world a better place.”
On Oct. 3, five of the 10 finalists will be selected winners, receiving a $10,000 grant; national media exposure for their community charity, including a feature in the Nov./Dec. issue of REALTOR¬ģ Magazine; and travel expenses to the 2017 REALTORS¬ģ Conference & Expo in November. Five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant.
The public can also vote for their favorite of the 10 Good Neighbor finalists. The three finalists who get the most votes will be Web Choice winners and will take home additional donations of¬†$2,500,¬†$1,250¬†and¬†$1,250¬†respectively. Cast votes at¬†www.realtor.com/goodneighbor¬†between Sept. 5 and Oct. 2.
REALTOR¬ģ¬†Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards is supported by primary sponsor realtor.com¬ģ and Wells Fargo. Nominees were judged on their personal contribution of time, as well as financial and material contributions, to benefit their cause.
For more information, please visit www.nar.realtor.
For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark¬†RISMedia.com.