NAR Good Neighbor Award Finalists Honored for Good Works in Their Communities
WASHINGTON (August 30, 2016) – The National Association of Realtors® has named 10 Realtors® as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2016 Good Neighbor Awards. This award honors Realtors® who have made an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.
This year marks the 17th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtor® volunteers. The Realtors® being honored have donated their time, money and passion to improve and enrich the lives of the people in their communities. Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards has donated more than $1 million to the nonprofit organizations these Realtors® volunteer for.
“The Good Neighbor Award signifies the dedication that each of these Realtors® has for their communities,” said National Association of Realtors® President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Margate, Florida. “I am proud to announce this year’s ten finalists for their profound impact that they are making to help others.”
On September 28, five winners will be named from among the 10 finalists. Winners will receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their community charity, including a feature in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine. The winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, where they will accept their awards at a presentation in front of thousands of their peers. The five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant for their nonprofits.
Nominees were judged on the impact they have made through personal contribution of time as well as financial and material contributions to benefit their cause.
The public can also vote for their favorite of the 10 Good Neighbor finalists. The finalist who gets the most votes – the Web Choice Winner – will take home an additional $1,000 donation. Cast your vote at realtor.com/goodneighbor between Aug. 30 – Sept. 26.
Danna Johnson, Crye-Leike, Realtors®, Jonesboro, Arkansas
Johnson became a Make-A-Wish® Mid-South wish granter 18 years ago and she was hooked. Since then, she has fulfilled wishes for more than 50 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wishes can be anything a child might dream up, from a trip to Walt Disney World Resort® to a room makeover to being a chef for a day. And as co-chair of Jonesboro’s Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon, Johnson has raised more than $3 million to make sure that more children get their wish. (Read full story)