Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors re­ceives two state awards

Times-Record - - NEWS - By CHRISTINA ACOSTA ca­costa@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors re­ceived two awards on Fri­day, Sept. 21, in­clud­ing the William J. Neary Jr., Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Real­tors Ex­cel­lence (C.A.R.E) Award and the REAL­TORS Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award by the Mary­land Real­tors.

Long & Fos­ter As­so­ciate Bro­ker Mer­rilie Ford was awarded the 2018 Re­al­tor Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award. Her work in the com­mu­nity in­cludes be­ing a mem­ber of Plein Air and on the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for 12 years; cur­rently be­ing on the Griev­ance Com­mit­tee for 10 years; and spent four years as the East­ern Shore’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Top Pro­duc­ers’ Gold Team Board.

“Tal­bot County has given me the op­por­tu­nity to serve and give back in a way that has en­hanced my life,” said Ford. “I have worked with Char­ac­ter Counts and Tal­bot Men­tors for 15 years and I look for­ward to work­ing with them for an­other 15 years. “

Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors also re­ceived a $9,000 award to a char­ity of their choice that same night that was in­cluded with their C.A.R.E. Award. With less than 500 mem­bers, the MidShore Board had 35 per­cent of the mem­bers par­tic­i­pated and raised $15,580 for char­i­ties.

Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors par­tic­i­pated in events in­clud­ing Es­say Con­test for High School stu­dents on Fair Hous­ing; Spon­sor­ship for the Tal­bot In­ter­faith Shel­ter and the Long Walk Home fundraiser; Hol­i­day Party to ben­e­fit Chan­nel Marker; Re­al­tor Re­lief Fund for vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Irma; Eas­ton’s Af­ford­able Hous­ing Cen­ter, and Toys for Tots.

This was the fifth time in eight years that MSBR was awarded the C.A.R.E. Award.

“It says that the Real­tors give back to the com­mu­nity, and that the Real­tors are in­vest­ing their vol­un­teer hours, their time, money and putting it back into the com­mu­nity,” said MidShore Board of Real­tors Pres­i­dent Daphne Caw­ley. “They are the fab­ric of our com­mu­nity. This is also the se­cond time in two years in a row Mid-Shore’s in­di­vid­ual Re­al­tor mem­bers have been rec­og­nized for their con­trib­u­tors.”

The award is di­vided between a large board/as­so­ci­a­tion and a small board/ as­so­ci­a­tion with the large board/as­so­ci­a­tion be­ing iden­ti­fied as 1,001 mem­bers or more be­gin­ning June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Each par­tic­i­pat­ing board is asked to sub­mit a three minute or less video that show­cases the as­so­ci­a­tion’s spe­cial projects and ex­plain how the mem­bers par­tic­i­pated.

In to­tal, the Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors has been awarded $47,000 in eight years. They have do­nated funds to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, Eas­ton Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal’s Pe­di­atric Cen­ter, Neigh­bor­hood Ser­vice Cen­ter in Eas­ton, Del­marva Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Cen­ter in Cam­bridge and St. Martins Min­istries in Ridgely.

“It’s an honor to do­nate our money and time to the com­mu­nity. We have re­cently part­nered with the Bene­dic­tine Foun­da­tion and held a Pit Beef Fundraiser on July 9th and raised $2,000. This was enough to pur­chase two spe­cial swings for the two homes that house autis­tic chil­dren. On Aug. 16, we also held a guest bar­tender night for Mike Dil­lon who is a Friend of Hospice drag race con­tes­tant and we raised $2,145.53. We give back to the com­mu­nity non­stop,” Caw­ley said.

In 1998, the Tal­bot County Board of Real­tors of­fi­cially merged with the Dorch­ester County Board of Real­tors to form the Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that now serves Caro­line, Dorch­ester, and Tal­bot coun­ties. The MidShore Board of Real­tors is char­tered by Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors and is the Re­al­tor or­ga­ni­za­tion at the lo­cal level.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mid­shore­board­of­re­al­tors.com.

PHOTO BY DEB­BIE LEBER

Long & Fos­ter As­so­ciate Bro­ker Mer­rilie Ford, left, and Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors Pres­i­dent Daphne Caw­ley, ac­cept the William J. Neary Jr. Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Re­al­tor Ex­cel­lence (C.A.R.E) Award check of $9,000, on be­half of the board, that will be given to a des­ig­nated char­ity.

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