2012 Good Neighbor Award Winners Announced
2012 Good Neighbor Award Winners Announced
For the past 13 years, the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized REALTORS® who work tirelessly to strengthen the communities in which they live and work, as well as improve the lives of their neighbors. The five individuals named as this year’s REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Award winners value service above self and are committed to helping those in need.
Meet the 2012 Good Neighbor Award winners:
Rocco “Rocky” Balsamo
The Rocky Balsamo Real Estate Group/Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Princeton Junction, N.J.
Cofounder of the Center for FaithJustice
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
President of The Hearth Foundation
Regina “Ginger” Dowdle
Sunrise Realty & Development
Founder of The Shepherd’s Watch Ministries
Ortrud “Trudy” Harsh
Long & Foster
Founder of The Brain Foundation
Kane & Associates
Former president of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club
Winners receive a $10,000 grant for their charity and a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card, and are profiled in the November-December issue of REALTOR® Magazine.The recipients will be presented with crystal trophies on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando; 18,000 REALTORS® and guests are expected to attend the conference.
"The Good Neighbor Awards reminds us that a strong community is integral to a person’s quality of life,” said National Association of REALTORS® President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami. “REALTORS® strongly believe in this philosophy and work tirelessly to build successful communities all over. Despite the busy career of being a REALTOR®, this year’s Good Neighbor Award winners have remained dedicated to sacrificing their time, money, and effort to improve the quality of life for others. I am honored to recognize them and help them grow their efforts so they can help even more people through their selfless work.”
Web Choice Award
Readers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Good Neighbor finalist from Oct. 2-22 in an online poll. Sally Rudloff was named REALTOR® Magazine's 2012 Web Choice winner after receiving 7,618 votes out of the 10,286 votes cast. She will be awarded an additional $500 Lowe’s gift card.
In addition to the winners, five REALTORS® have been recognized as Good Neighbor Award honorable mentions; they will each receive $2,500 grants and a $1,000 Lowe’s gift card. They are Charlene M. Brennan, Strano & Associates Real Estate, Fairview Heights, Ill., for Rotary District 6510’s Belizean Children’s Program; Georgia L. Butterfield, Legacy Real Estate & Associates, ERA Powered, Fremont, Calif., for Adopt An Angel; Geoffrey W. Lavell, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate-Desert Properties, Henderson, Nev., for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation; Patti M. Miller, Tierra Antigua Realty, Sierra Vista, Ariz., for Real Wishes Foundation; and Kathleen Peck, All in One Realty Group, Inc., Naples, Fla., for Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.
REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards is sponsored by Lowe’s and HouseLogic. Nominees were judged on their personal contribution of time, financial, and material contributions to their cause. To be eligible, nominees have to be NAR members in good standing. For more information about the Good Neighbor Awards, visit REALTOR.org/gna.
With fiscal year 2011 sales of $50.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,745 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com. Lowe’s is a proud partner in NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, bringing REALTORS® exclusive benefits to help build relationships with their customers, generate referrals and expand their client base. The benefits program is featured on www.LowesRealtorBenefits.com.
HouseLogic, www.houselogic.com, is a free source of information and tools from the National Association of REALTORS® that can help homeowners make smart and timely decisions about their home. With content covering home improvement, maintenance, taxes, finance, insurance, and even ways to get involved in and enrich their community, HouseLogic can help homeowners increase and protect the value of their home by helping them make confident decisions.