2015 Good Neighbor Award Winners


For the past 16 years, REALTOR Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards have recognized REALTORS® from across the nation who dedicate countless volunteer hours to improve the lives of their neighbors and serve as leaders in their communities.

Today, NAR announced the five finalists who will each receive a $10,000 grant for their charity, along with a feature in REALTOR Magazine and be honored during the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego.

Here are the 2015 Good Neighbor Award Winners:

Nancy Hines cofounded Ovar’coming Together Inc. with two women she met while they were all undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. Since then, the organization has raised $2 million to increase awareness about ovarian cancer symptoms and early diagnosis, support survivors and caregivers, and fund research.

Barbara Mills started Operation Welcome Home in 2007 to honor soldiers as they return from Iraq or Afghanistan. She has raised more than $200,000 to hold welcome-home parties for nearly 500 veterans and National Guardsmen and provides baskets of gift cards for food, gas, and shopping.

Susan Stearns has spent 30 years volunteering with New Horizons, a nonprofit that provides group home and independent living support, employment services and educational and recreational programming to 1,000 adults with intellectual disabilities. Serving on the board for 10 years, Stearns founded several fundraising events that have raised more than $2.5 million.

John Kersten has volunteered his time and talent raising funds for Easter Seals Michigan for 23 years. He started out organizing rubber duck races but quickly found a way to maximize fundraising by using his business and marketing skills. Today he runs six annual car and cash raffles, which net more than $1 million a year

Daniel L. Goodwin founded New Directions Housing Corp., a nonprofit that provides affordable housing for low-income residents. Since 1994, NDHC has built or rehabbed nearly 500 multifamily units throughout Illinois.