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2000 Good Neighbor Award Winners

Linda Booker Full Story
Realty Executives
tel: 623/561-8800
fax: 623/561-8427

Christmas Angels
P.O. Box 10254
Glendale, Ariz. 85318-0254
tel: 623/561-8800
fax: 623/561-8427

Hard times convinced Linda Booker that no child should be without toys at the holidays. So 15 years ago, with no funds but a lot of heart, she founded Christmas Angels, a program that collects toys and clothes for needy children and adults in the Phoenix area. Each November she sets up Christmas trees in local stores, such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, and hangs a wish tag for each child. Shoppers purchase the gift and leave it at the store. At Christmas she and her volunteers wrap and distribute the gifts. Last year alone, Christmas Angels gave 25,000 gifts.

Oral Lee Brown Full Story
Nationwide Realty
9901 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, Calif. 94605
tel: 510/638-0981
fax: 510/430-3021

Oral Lee Brown Foundation
9901 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, Calif. 94605
tel: 510/638-0981
fax: 510/568-3000

Concerned about the children in her blighted inner-city neighborhood, Oral Lee Brown adopted a class and made a promise: Stay in school and I'll send you to college. For 13 years, she’s acted as benefactor and second mother to 23 children, even though she raised three daughters of her own. She planned field trips, purchased gifts and supplies, monitored grades and attendance, and held fundraisers. She even contributed $10,000 each year to their college fund. Today, 19 of those kids are college sophomores.

Gil Gillenwater Full Story
SDI Group
6910 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251
tel: 480/946-3000, ext. 15
fax: 480/946-9000

Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation
6910 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251
tel: 480/946-3000, ext. 15
fax: 480/946-9000

Gil Gillenwater founded Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, which supports abandoned children and the elderly in the Agua Prieta, Mexico, a border town 200 miles from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Just as important as addressing the physical poverty, Gillenwater has created a way to address the poverty of purpose felt by many Americans. His volunteer exchange program brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Agua Prieta last year to work in the food kitchen and build new homes.

Joseph Pitts Full Story
Deceased, November 2005

West Gate Elementary School
1545 Loxahatchee Dr.
West Palm Beach, Fla. 33409
tel: 561/640-5081
fax: 561/688-5292

Joe Pitts has been dubbed the "mayor" of West Gate Estates for his many and varied efforts to revitalize his struggling hometown. He has volunteered on virtually every committee of the community's nascent redevelopment agency to help install infrastructure, change zoning, and launch other developments, including a community gymnasium and a wellness center for indigent residents. He's responsible for bringing a $9 million new school to the area, which had been suffering from overcrowding and neglect. He convinced 35 property owners to sell their adjoining land to the school district to make room for the expansion and donated his services to broker the deals.

Jill Rich Full Story
Realty Executives
1745 E. River Road, Suite 245
Tucson, Ariz. 85718
tel: 520/615-8400
fax: 520/615-8444

American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
4601 E. Broadway
Tucson, Ariz. 85711
tel: 520/318-6862
fax: 520/318-6749

As a disaster relief volunteer, Jill Rich is on call one week a month to help victims of fire, flood, and storms get back on their feet. Her job is to assess the situation and provide whatever help is needed: shelter, food vouchers, new clothes, and medical prescriptions, for example. A life-long volunteer, Rich also is the founder of a program that provides homeless people with basic toiletries and warm winter clothing. She funds the program out of her own earnings. Last year, she and her husband distributed more than 3,000 pairs of socks and gloves, as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

2000 Good Neighbor Honorable Mentions

Jean Clary Bagley
Century 21 Clary & Associates, Inc.
231 E. Atlantic Street
South Hill, VA 23970

Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership
Attn: Betty Duckworth
P.O. Box 153
Chase City, Va. 23924
tel: 804-372-0021
fax: 804-372-4063

Jean Clary was introduced to community service as a child, when her mother, a rural schoolteacher, mentored and cared for poor second-graders. She remembers visiting their homes, which had no electricity and dirt floors. Knowing how important it is for children to know someone cares about them, Clary cofounded Children Are Really Extra Special (CARES), which finds corporate sponsors to “adopt” classes to provide college scholarships and youth mentoring to children in need. There are currently 10 corporate sponsors supporting 280 children.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Demaray
Smith & Co. Real Estate
3291 I-75 Business Spur
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 49783
tel: 906/632-9696
fax: 906/635-7650

Rotary Club & Sault Ste. Marie
P.O. Box 138
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 49783

Betsy Demaray is a true leader, serving as president of both the Chippewa County United Way and the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie. For 2000–2001, Demaray will be district governor of Rotary International, leading more than 3,400 members in community service. On her own, Demaray founded a facility for drug-addicted mothers, led efforts to build a community playground, and founded a food pantry at her church.

Joy Silber Gouyd
J T Brokers Group Inc.
129 Center St.
Jupiter, Fla. 33458
tel: 561-746-4848
fax: 561-575-0205

Lighthouse Habitat for Humanity
578 N. US Hwy One
Tequesta, Fla. 33469
tel: 561-743-7526
fax: 561-743-5871

As a founding member and president of Lighthouse Habitat for Humanity, Joy Silber Gouyd formed a unique partnership with the local government and association of REALTORS® to build houses for local families. Lighthouse completed its 14th house this year. Gouyd is a hands-on leader—just as likely to be found painting a kitchen as helping to develop curriculum for classes on self-esteem and home maintenance.

Howard Hoffmann
F.C. Tucker Co.
9279 North Meridian St., Suite 102
Indianapolis, Ind. 46260
tel: 317-571-2200
fax: 317-571-2204

Friends of Holliday Park
6363 Spring Mill Rd.
Indianapolis, Ind. 46260
tel: 317-327-7228

Howard Hoffman cofounded and leads a revitalization effort to reclaim Indianapolis’ 95-acre Holliday Park from drug dealers and neglect. Under Hoffman’s leadership for more than 10 years, Friends of Holliday Park has built a $500,000 playground, redesigned roads and parking lots, restored trails and gardens, and launched a $5 million 13,000-square-foot nature center.

Linda W. Norton
Rhoades Realty
2850 McClelland Dr.
Ft. Collins, Colo. 80526
tel: 970/494-5678

Funding Partners for Housing Solutions
P.O. Box 2731
Loveland, Colo. 80539
tel: 970-204-1400
fax: 970-204-1475

Linda Norton has dedicated her career to helping low-income families achieve homeownership, often bragging that she has the lowest average sales price in her area. She has served three years as president of Funding Partners, a group that has helped about 600 families rent and own homes through low-cost financing and technical assistance.

Kenneth Rosen
Kendar Realty Inc.
1550 Madruga Ave # 300
Coral Gables, Fla. 33146
tel: 305/661-1550
fax: 305/667-5992

State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program
Jodi Goodman, Director
3302 NW 27th Ave., North Annex
Miami, Fla. 33142
tel: 305-638-6861, ext. 261
fax: 305-638-6017

Kenneth Rosen, CCIM, serves as a volunteer court-appointed advocate for children who have been removed from their parents’ custody because of abuse or neglect. For years he has put in hundreds of hours gathering information on each case and researching appropriate medical, educational, social, and psychological remedies. He’s gained the respect of judges, social workers, and attorneys. “[Rosen’s] knowledge, good common sense, and integrity are beyond reproach,” said Judge Philip Cook, 11th Judicial Circuit Court.

Matthew Schrum
4801 Boatlanding Drive
Saint Augustine, FL 32092
tel: (904) 339-9439

Northampton Township Volunteer Fire Company
50 Newtown-Richboro Road
Richboro, Pa. 18954
tel: 215-357-8277
fax: 215-357-1641

Like many children, Schrum was fascinated by firefighters, and so it was no surprise when he joined the volunteer fire department during his senior year of high school in 1983. Since then, he’s become a leader in the department, serving as captain for seven years. Schrum holds the rank of battalion chief, overseeing three stations and 60 firefighters in a community of 45,000 residents. He says being awakened at 3 a.m. to go to a house fire or respond to a traffic accident are just part of the job. “If I didn’t go, then who would?” he says.

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