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
2007 Honorable Mentions
Five Good Neighbor honorable mentions will receive $2,500 each for their community cause.
Randall Barnett, ABR®, The Buyers Agent of Asheville, Asheville, N.C.
For 26 years, Barnett has been a Boy Scout leader for a unique troop of boys with mental and physical disabilities, the only troop like it in the state. Barnett holds weekly meetings for 27 boys, teaching them typical scouting skills like knot tying, building campfires, and how to properly fold an American flag—making adjustments as necessary for each scout’s limitations. He also takes them on outings and camping trips—giving the boys confidence, a sense of belonging, and the opportunity to experience things they might not otherwise enjoy.
Tricia Carlisle-Northcutt, ABR®, CRS®, GRI, Stellar Properties & Investments, LLC, Grayton Beach, Fla.
Carlisle-Northcutt is the founder of Children’s Volunteer Health Network, which provides free medical, dental and mental health care to children without insurance. In only two years, CVHN has provided care to 300 children using a network of more than 80 doctors, dentists and mental health professionals, all of whom donate their services. CVHN serves low-income children in two counties where access to health care is poor.
Ted K. Gilbert, Gilbert Bros., Portland, Ore.
Gilbert is the visionary of HOST Development, an affordable housing developer that has helped more than 300 low- and moderate-income renters become homeowners since 1989. Gilbert’s innovative strategies include obtaining low interest loans on land to help keep home costs down; partnering with banks to give low interest mortgages to buyers; and obtaining loans from large local employers in return for providing employees with closing costs, home buying seminars and low interest mortgages. Gilbert, chair and co-founder, is also the brains behind HOST’s new Building Blocks campaign to revitalize inner-city neighborhoods and prevent young families from leaving for the suburbs.
Pamela Kidd and Keri Cannon, Fridrich & Clark Realty, LLC, Nashville, Tenn.
Kidd and her daughter Cannon founded Village Hope—an orphanage and farm in Zimbabwe for 16 orphans whose parents have died of AIDS, which afflicts as much as 25 percent of the area’s population. The children—most of whom would be dead or living on the streets without Village Hope—now live in a family setting with loving house parents. The children go to school, learn to care for animals and plant crops—skills they need to become productive adults. Kidd and Cannon also fund an effort to feed and support more than 100 street children in the city of Harare.
MaliVai O. Washington, Washington Properties, LLC, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
In 1994, Washington founded the The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, which promotes academic achievement and positive life skills to disadvantaged children through the game of tennis. In eight years, 254 first- through sixth-grade students have gone through the intense 5-day-a-week after-school program. The free program provides three hours daily of academic tutoring, community service work and character development, using tennis as a reward. The foundation also has touched thousands of kids through free tennis clinics.