The Good Neighbor Awards recognize REALTORS® who've made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work. Five winners will receive $10,000 grants for their cause. The 2009 deadline will be May 22.
2008 Good Neighbor Finalists Announced
2004 Honorable Mention
Five Good Neighbor honorable mentions will receive $1,500 each for their community cause.
Linda Asbee Century 21 Sparow-Shoreline, Long Beach, Calif.
Asbee gives up nights and weekends to volunteer with For the Child’s Child Abuse Response Team. She’s paged when a child is sent to the hospital after suspected sexual abuse. Asbee serves as the child’s advocate, explains the forensic exam, and gives the child a teddy bear to hold. She follows up with social workers and often learns valuable information that she provides to the police. If the child’s family is there, Asbee provides information on counseling and court advocacy services. Last year, during one six-day period, she answered calls for nine children.
Melissa P. Deputy Prudential New Jersey Properties, Flemington, N.J.
In less than four years, Deputy has been a foster parent to 22 children, including seven newborns (six had been cocaine exposed) and nine emergency placements. Deputy is the former president of Hunterdon County Foster and Adoptive Families, where she still recruits and trains new foster parents, guides them through the system, advises them about adoption, and helps them exchange equipment like cribs, car seats, and strollers. Deputy also raises funds for Fostering Wishes—which pays for small extras the foster parents can’t afford—such as soccer fees, a yearbook, or music lessons.
Leslie Edwards ABR®, CRS® RE/MAX Advantage, Fayetteville, Ga.
Edwards is the driving force behind Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, which has built 46 houses during her nine years of service. She helped the organization buy 27 building sites to build a subdivision that will be completed this year. As a result of her leadership, the organization has grown from building four houses per year to building 12 in 2004. Edwards was also responsible for moving the organization from a one-room office in a local church to its own freestanding facility, which she won at a courthouse auction, convincing others not to bid against her cause.
Robert F. Kevane The Kevane Co. Inc., La Mesa, Calif.
Kevane uses his business skills to help charitable organizations be the best they can be. He’s a force in his community, active in dozens of volunteer organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of East County and St. Augustine High School, for which he raised $2 million. He is credited with saving the private, community-run San Diego Blood Bank from bankruptcy, replacing the executive director, who had traditionally been a physician, with a business-savvy leader. In addition, as an appointee to the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force, Kevane is a formidable voice in helping to solve the ever-growing affordable housing crisis in San Diego.
Sandra B. Martin RE/MAX Executives Inc., Atlanta
Martin founded The Lifekeeper Foundation as a way of handling the grief of losing her only child to suicide when he was 17. Her mission is to educate people that depression is treatable, teach them to recognize early warning signs, and stop suicide—the third leading cause of death in America for youth aged 15 to 24—from being a source of shame. The organization provides suicide awareness, education, and prevention programs through art forms such as poetry, jewelry, and the national memory quilts, which are in 47 states. Martin has testified before Congress and is also the president of the national Suicide Prevention Action Network USA Inc.