2002 Good Neighbor Award Winners: The Power of Giving

How much power does one person have to make the world a better place? Plenty.

REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards recognize REALTORS® who volunteer an extraordinary amount of time, and often personal resources, to help build stronger communities. In its third year, the program drew a record 260 nominations — a 30 percent increase over last year — evidence that the power of one is being demonstrated by a growing number of REALTORS® across the country.

This year’s winners contributed a combined total of nearly 5,000 hours to their communities in 2001. They volunteered to protect neglected children, provide housing opportunity, mentor youth, and support families in crisis. The five winners will each receive a $5,000 grant for their community cause. And they’ll be honored Nov. 9 during the REALTORS® onference & Expo in New Orleans.

Another five community heroes have been named Good Neighbor Award Honorable Mentions and will each receive a $1,000 grant for their cause. Read on to meet the newest members of REALTOR® Magazine’s society of Good Neighbors.

  • Hal Ehretsman, Amateur Athletic Union Ohio Stars Basketball Team
  • Linda Norton, Funding Partners for Housing Solutions
  • Cynthia J. Shafer, Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • John Green, Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Annemarie Torcivia, REALTORS® Against Poverty

Thanks to our sponsors, who make it possible to provide such generous grants to these honorable causes. This year's sponsors include eNeighborhoods Inc. ,a company that compiles detailed information for real estate practitioners on every neighborhood in the United States, and Fannie Mae, the nation’s largest secondary market agency, dedicated to keeping mortgage markets liquid and expanding homeownership opportunities for Americans.

For more on information on this year's winners and honorable mentions, previous winners and the Good Neighbor Awards program, click here.