Mid-Shore Board of Realtors receives two state awards
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.
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.