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Collectively, the five Good Neighbor Award winners for 2003 dedicated nearly 8,000 hours last year, raised countless dollars, and recruited thousands of hours of volunteer time. Although they serve different causes, the Good Neighbors have two important things in common: They each had the courage to say, "I can help" and they unanimously contend that they receive much more than they give.

All of the Good Neighbor winners and honorable mentions serve organizations that depend on contributions to keep doing good. Here you'll find summaries of their activities and their charities' contact information. Please feel free to contact them directly to make a contribution or to get advice on starting your own community outreach efforts.

2003 Good Neighbor Award Winners
James Austin, Jr.
Jim Bess, Sr.
Claudia Deprez, CIPS, CRB, CRS
James Pacheco
Bobbie Tugwell, GRI, CRS

2003 Good Neighbor Honorable Mentions
Carolyn Petreccia, GRI, CRS, CRB
Silvia Rodriguez, CIPS
Scott Swendiman
Bert Waugh Jr., GRI
Kathie Wells, CRS

Contribution Information for:
2002 Good Neighbor Award Winners & Honorable Mentions
2001 Good Neighbor Award Winners & Honorable Mentions
2000 Good Neighbor Award Winners & Honorable Mentions

2003 Good Neighbor Award Winners
James Austin, Jr.
The Austin Company Commercial Real Estate
100 E. Mason Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110-6338

Renaissance Cultural Center and
National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame
100 E. Mason Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110

Austin founded the Renaissance Cultural Center in 1991 to provide cultural opportunities and college scholarships to inner-city youth. RCC offers such events as film festivals, poetry readings, talent competitions, and celebrity speakers and has awarded $200,000 in scholarships since 1995. Austin also founded the National Cowboys of Color Museum to highlight the little-known contributions of minorities who helped settle the West.

Jim Bess, Sr.
Agio Real Estate
20440 Hwy. 18, Suite 103
Apple Valley, CA 92307

Victor Valley Toys for Tots, Inc.
P.O. Box 2186
Apple Valley, CA 92307

To make Christmas brighter for needy families, Bess works year round to raise money and buy toys for children who otherwise might not receive any gifts. Founder and president Victor Valley Toys for Tots Inc., Bess and his organization have touched more than 20,000 families in 16 years—nearly 3,000 families last year alone.

Claudia Deprez, CIPS, CRB, CRS
The Deprez Team
521 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Northend Coalition of Neighborhoods (NCON)
2721 Poinsettia Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Inspired by a drive-by shooting of a 4-year-old girl, Deprez formed Northend Coalition of Neighborhoods, a grassroots association of 10 inner-city neighborhoods, to fight crime and blight. The groups’ many successes include increasing police presence, reducing drug crimes and prostitution, creating a court watch committee to ensure that repeat offenders serve time, having 65 abandoned properties demolished and hundreds rehabbed, and getting the city to donate land for a park.

James Pacheco
Windermere Properties of the East Bay
4309 Hacienda Dr., Suite 150
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Christmas in April
18975 Edwin Markham Dr.
Castro Valley, CA 94552

In the 10 years since Pacheco founded a local chapter of Christmas in April to help low-income, elderly, and disabled people repair and renovate their homes, he has led more than 150 projects. Since last year, he has volunteered almost 2,500 hours and led 1,200 volunteers on 21 projects to repair homes, schools, and an Alzheimer’s day care center.

Bobbie Tugwell, GRI, CRS
ERA Stirling Properties
9311-A Bluebonnet
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Hospice of Baton Rouge
9063 Seigen Lane, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Since the death of her husband 15 years ago, Tugwell has been a strong supporter of Hospice of Baton Rouge, raising more than $100,000, recruiting hundreds of volunteers, and volunteering as a respite caregiver to provide rest and strength to families who are caring for dying loved ones at home. She also serves on the state’s advisory committee for hospice care.

2003 Honorable Mentions
Carolyn Petreccia, GRI, CRS, CRB
RE/MAX Advantage Group
1545 Bald Hill Road, Suite 302
Warwick, RI 02886

Friends of Barbara Lombardi Inc. (FOBL)
1545 Bald Hill Road, Suite 302
Warwick, RI 02886

Only weeks after a colleague was killed by her ex-husband—despite having a restraining order against him—Petreccia founded a group to lobby for stronger domestic violence laws. Friends of Barbara Lombardi Inc. helped push through a new state law that makes it easier to hold offenders and makes stalking a felony on the first offense. Now they are promoting a bill that would take guns away from people who have restraining orders against them.

Silvia Rodriguez, CIPS
Silvia International Realty
1010 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852-1469

Centro Catolico Hispano/Spanish Catholic Center
8545 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901

For 25 years, Rodriguez has been a force in reducing discrimination in housing, education, employment, and healthcare through organizations like Centro Catolico Hispano. She is credited with successfully lobbying for stronger state civil rights laws, initiated a statewide investigation on fair housing, and serves as volunteer chairperson for the Maryland Commission on Human Relations—for which she has raised more than $1 million.

Scott Swendiman
Swendiman & Associates
550 Woodacre Drive
Redding, CA 96002

Wesley Neighborhood Inc.
P.O. Box 990277
Redding, CA 96099

Swendiman cofounded Wesley Neighborhood Inc. to clean up a blighted neighborhood surrounding his church. In two years, the group rehabbed 16 homes—with much of the labor from Swendiman himself—to create decent affordable housing and reduce crime in the area.

Bert Waugh, Jr., GRI
Prudential Northwest Properties
14945 SW Sequoia Parkway, Suite 150
Portland, OR 97224

Transitional Youth
4970 SW Griffith Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005

Twelve years ago, Waugh founded Transitional Youth to reach out to homeless teens by supporting organizations that provide clothing and hot meals, offer drug rehab services and recreational programs, help teens complete high school, and offer job training.

Kathie Wells, CRS
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
629 Kailua Road, Suite 212
Kailua, HI 96734

Community Helping Schools
871 Kainui Drive
Kailua, HI 96734
(coming soon)

Since she founded Community Helping Schools, Wells has helped to improve the quality of education at 31 area public schools. She finds out what the schools need and then solicits business and individuals to donate the items. Since 2000 she has distributed about $150,000 in materials, such as musical instruments, sports equipment, books, games, and computers.

Contribution Information for:
2007 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2006 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2005 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2004 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2003 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2002 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2001 Winners & Honorable Mentions
2000 Winners & Honorable Mentions

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