One of 10 honored by National Association of Realtors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) — Tommy Arnold, Jr., a realtor with Keller Williams Louisville East, has been named one of 10 finalists for Realtor Magazine’s 2016 Good Neighbor Awards by the National Association of Realtors. The award honors realtors who have made an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.
In 2008, Arnold hosted Thanksgiving dinner for a few dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students who were not welcome to go home to their families. This modest effort inspired him to found Feast on Equality, an event that has raised $500,000 for the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville to fund themed housing and study-abroad programs, leadership development and emergency funds. Most recently, the LGBT Center and the School of Medicine partnered to pilot program to teach medical students about the specific needs of LGBT patients.
This year marks the 17th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized realtor volunteers. Realtors being honored have donated their time, money and passion to improve and enrich the lives of the people in their communities. Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards has donated more than $1 million to the nonprofit organizations these realtors volunteer for.
On Sept. 28, five winners will be named from among the 10 finalists. Winners receive a $10,000 grant and national media exposure for their community charity, including a feature in the November/December issue of Realtor Magazine. Winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2016 Realtors Conference & Expo in Orlando. Five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant for their nonprofits.
The public can also vote for their favorite of the 10 Good Neighbor finalists. The finalist who gets the most votes—the Web Choice Winner—will take home an additional $1,000 donation. Votes can be cast at realtor.com/goodneighbor until Sept. 26.