WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 08/27/13 -- Realtors® are integral to successful communities, supporting causes large and small and volunteering their time to help improve the lives of those who call those communities home. The National Association of Realtors® recognized 10 Realtors® today as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine's 2013 Good Neighbor Awards.
This year marks the 14th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtors® who improve the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work. The Realtors® acknowledged by this program over the years donate their time, money and passion to create a positive impact on others and address critical needs in their community.
In October five winners will be selected from among the 10 finalists to receive national media exposure and a $10,000 grant for their community cause. Winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, where they will accept their awards at a presentation in front of thousands of their peers. The five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant. The winners will be featured in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine.
"The Good Neighbor Awards signify the dedication and passion Realtors® have for helping others in need," said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. "These 10 Realtors® are not only a tremendous example to others for their dedication and passion, but also they remind us that Realtors® build communities in myriad ways. I am proud to honor them and look forward to helping them grow their efforts."
The 10 REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards finalists are:
Brenda Breit, The Empowered Team, LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Since 2008, Breit has been rescuing pets that were abandoned as a result of evictions, foreclosures and financial hardship. She and her daughter formed Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, which provides shelter for up to 80 animals, a pet food bank, and a spay/neuter voucher program and also helps pet owners find pet-friendly rentals. A tireless advocate who has recruited more than 100 Realtors® to volunteer, Breit has helped rescue more than 2,200 abandoned pets and reunited 250 pets with their owners.
Brad Coleman, Metro Estates, Newport Beach, Calif.
Coleman serves Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County (BBBSOC), which matches children facing adversity with an adult mentor who can provide a positive long-term influence. As a BBBSOC board member and chair of the Orange County Association of Realtors®' Young Professionals Network, Coleman promotes the merits of the mentor program, recruits mentors, and enrolls business sponsors. He was instrumental in raising $150,000, and his personal donations and event sponsorships last year funded 13 mentorship matches for youth, many of whom are at risk for dropping out of school, using drugs or alcohol, or getting into trouble with the law. In 2012, BBBSOC served more than 2,050 kids, with 100 percent of the high school seniors graduating on time and 93 percent going to college.
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