During the 2019 REALTORS® Conference, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) celebrated the 20th year of its Good Neighbor Awards, which honors members for their volunteer efforts to improve the lives of people in need.
Fifty current and past Good Neighbor Award honorees attended the celebration in San Francisco, including former Scottsdale REALTOR® Gil Gillenwater who was one of the original 2000 Good Neighbor Award winners.
Gillenwater founded the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation after visiting Agua Prieta in Mexico intending to deliver food to the poor. Inspired and astounded by what he saw, his nonprofit has spent the past 32 years raising and investing over $10 million to build homes, education centers, child care centers and orphanages while funding 2,000 scholarships and distributing an untold amount of food and medical supplies.
The infrastructure erected by this foundation has allowed entire families to lift themselves from extreme poverty. In total, Rancho Feliz dormitories have hosted more than 20,000 volunteers who feed 5,000 people each week.
To acknowledge the ongoing impact Gillenwater made, Rancho Feliz was awarded a $2,400 grant, funded by Good Neighbor Award sponsors realtor.com and Wells Fargo.
“We are incredibly proud of the cumulative impact that Good Neighbors have had in the U.S. and across the globe,” said NAR 2020 President Vince Malta. “Gil Gillenwater represents the best of America’s REALTORS® – those who sacrifice so much time and talent so their neighbors can live better, more fulfilling lives.”
The 2020 Good Neighbor Award entry deadline is May 8. Click here to apply or to recommend someone who is deserving of this valuable recognition.
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