WASHINGTON (January 26, 2017) – Do you know a Realtor® who not only helps people buy and sell houses but also serves the community through volunteer work? The National Association of Realtors® is currently accepting applications for REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards from Realtors® who have made an impact on the world through community service.
Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine and will receive a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organizations. The winners will be recognized at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago, receive travel expenses to the conference, and also gain considerable national and local media exposure for their cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant.
“Realtors® not only play a significant role in helping their clients achieve the American dream, they are making communities across our country better places to live,” said National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. “Over the last 17 years, more than 170 Good Neighbors have been recognized for their outstanding efforts to reach out and help others.”
Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards has donated more than $1 million to Realtor®-led nonprofits around the country. The Good Neighbor Awards is supported by primary sponsor realtor.com and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
“We are extremely proud to support the Good Neighbor Awards as a celebration of everything that is special about the real estate industry and to all of us at realtor.com®: providing unparalleled, meaningful service; enhancing local communities; and building relationships that last a lifetime,” said Luke Glass, executive vice president of realtor.com®, the primary sponsor of the Good Neighbor Awards, which also sponsors the Web Choice component of the awards. “The impact of the Good Neighbors’ volunteer work is staggering. They are an example to us all.”
Last year’s Good Neighbor Awards winners contributed thousands of hours to their causes, raised millions of dollars, and drew a standing ovation from more than 5,000 Realtors® and guestsduring the annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
The 2016 winners were Cindy Barrett, Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, South Carolina, co-founder of Christmas in Action; Susan Gruen Helsinger, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Merrick, New York, founder of the Jason F. Gruen Research Foundation; Ed Liebzeit, Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, board president of Community Safety Network; Sarah Sorenson, Whale’s Tail Realty, Wailuku, Hawaii, founder of Wishing Well…For Maui Students; and Wyn Ray, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Chaska, Minnesota, co-founder of Wells for Wekin.
Previous Good Neighbor Awards winners say their charities continue to benefit from the grant money and media exposure that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award.
“Winning the Good Neighbor Award brought an unmatched awareness to our cause of bringing clean water, sanitation and education to rural Ethiopia,” says 2016 winner Wyn Ray. “People were deeply moved after watching our Good Neighbor video. I obtained a 100 percent match to our $10,000 Good Neighbor grant, and many other people made generous donations. I encourage people to nominate a Realtor® who champions a worthy cause for the 2017 Good Neighbor Award.”
Nominees are considered for the award based on their personal impact on the community through volunteer work. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by Friday, May 12, 2017. For more details, judging criteria and a nomination form, call 800-874-6500 or visit www.nar.realtor/gna.
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