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July 23, 2014

Announcing the 2013 Good Neighbor Awards Winners

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Announcing the 2013 Good Neighbor Awards Winners

One of the many ways that REALTORS® strengthen communities and the lives of their neighbors is through volunteer work, and for 14 years, the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized REALTORS® who do just that. The five individuals named as this year’s REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards winners demonstrate how REALTORS® value helping those in need and are committed to selfless service.

The 2013 Good Neighbor Awards winners are:

  • Kenneth W. Davis from Welcome Home Realty, Boca Raton, Fla., for The Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Tomorrow’s Promise Community School, Cat Island Orphanage and Palm Beach State College Rotaract Club;
  • Bernice Helman from Coldwell Banker Troy Helman REALTORS®, Terre Haute, Ind., for United Way of the Wabash Valley;
  • Tina McDonough from RE/MAX Select, Renton, Wash., for Susan G. Komen for the Cure;
  • Joel Pratt from J.L. Pratt REALTORS®, Canton, Mass., for MatchingDonors.com;
  • Kristina Rhodes from F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS®, Newburgh, Ind., for Make-A-Wish (also chosen by REALTOR® Magazine readers as the Web choice winner).

“This year’s Good Neighbor Awards winners are not only a tremendous inspiration to others for their dedication and passion, but also they remind us of REALTORS®’ commitment to building communities and helping those who need it most,” said National Association of Realtors® President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. “REALTORS® understand that a strong community is crucial to a person’s quality of life. These members have invested their time, money and effort to improve the quality of life for their neighbors around the country; I am proud and honored to recognize the winners and look forward to watching them grow their efforts.”

The Good Neighbor Awards have been given out annually since 2000 and are presented by NAR’s REALTOR® Magazine. Winners receive a $10,000 grant for their charity and are profiled in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine. This year's recipients will be presented with crystal trophies on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

Nominees were judged on their personal time, financial, and material contributions to their cause. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. Find out more information about the Good Neighbor Awards.

Kenneth W. Davis

Davis, a long-time member of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton, has spent more than two decades reaching out to underprivileged youth. Over the past two years, he raised more than $100,000 for Tomorrow’s Promise Community School, a county charter school for at-risk students. He mentors the students and helps them obtain college scholarships. A supporter of the Cat Island Orphanage in the Bahamas, Davis has inspired members of the Palm Beach State College Rotaract Club to volunteer and lead fundraisers for the children. Last year, he inspired college students to donate a truck to the orphanage, create a pen pal program and help raise money for Christmas gifts.

Bernice Helman

For 18 years, Helman has served the United Way of the Wabash Valley, an organization dedicated to achieving community-wide change by improving the education, income, and health of its residents. Her community was dealt a hard blow when a large pharmaceutical company left, taking with it jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate donations. Helman overcame the challenge through her tireless efforts, which included soliciting donations from rural counties that had typically only received donations. As a result, United Way surpassed its fundraising goal of $1.8 million last year.

Tina McDonough

McDonough serves as captain of the Valley Girls & Guys! 3-Day Team and has raised more than $1.4 million to fund breast cancer research and raise awareness of the disease for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Starting with a team of four walkers in 2007, she has grown the team to more than 168 walkers and became the number-one fundraising team in the U.S. The 3-Day Team gives cancer survivors a place to feel at home and part of a second family while taking their next step into surviving and celebrating life. Seventy-five percent of McDonough’s walkers return each year because of her passion and commitment.

Joel Pratt

Pratt has raised more than $1 million in nine years for MatchingDonors.com, a nonprofit website that connects patients who need kidneys with living donors. MatchingDonors.com has cut patients’ wait time from several years for a deceased donor organ to about six months for a living donor organ. As the director of business development, Pratt raises money by seeking out donations such as cars, boats, real estate and corporate surplus, and sells them for cash. MatchingDonors.com’s connections have successfully helped more than 500 transplant patients.

Kristina Rhodes

Rhodes is a dedicated volunteer with Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Rhodes is credited with spearheading the Make-A-Wish mission in an area of the country where it wasn’t well known, and since then has helped make wishes come true for 80 children. She has engaged hundreds of local supporters and corporate sponsors and has raised nearly $500,000. Rhodes also launched the first regional council in the area, which has become a model for Make-A-Wish organizations throughout the country.

In addition to the winners, five REALTORS® have been recognized as Good Neighbor Awards honorable mentions and will each receive $2,500 grants. They are:

  • Brenda Breit from The Empowered Team, LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., for Lost Our Home Pet Foundation;
  • Brad Coleman from Metro Estates, Newport Beach, Calif., for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County;
  • Susanne Crenshaw from Keller Williams of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Okla., for Daily Living Centers Inc.;
  • Nick Manis from Manis Realtors®, Dayton, N.J., for The G.I. Go Fund;
  • Rebecca Moniz from Weichert, REALTORS® Cress & Company, East Greenwich, R.I., for The Rhode Island Military Family Programs.  

REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance.