President Sherri Meadows congratulates Louise McLean, who was named Florida Realtors Humanitarian of the Year at the state association’s annual conference and trade expo.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26, 2014— Florida Realtors® has named Louise McLean as its 2014 Humanitarian of the Year, proving that Realtors make a difference in their communities. McLean is a sales associate with RE/MAX Solutions in Merritt Island, Fla.
McLean said she was inspired after watching a 60 Minutes television segment about homeless children in Brevard County several years ago. The next day, she called the Brevard Schools Foundation and asked what she could do to help. She found out that the schools had identified 964 homeless children in the county at that time, and they needed to raise money to meet those students’ needs.
So McLean founded the Brevard’s Children in Need Committee – which she also chairs – and has been instrumental in raising more than $120,000 to benefit the county’s homeless children through organizations such as the Brevard Schools Foundation, South Brevard Sharing Center, Children’s Home Society, Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless and the Veterans Homeless Shelter. The number of homeless children who need help has since grown to 1,600, according to the schools foundation.
“The money helps homeless children with needs, from a new coat or shoes to a band instrument – anything to keep them included and involved in school,” McLean said.
Her civic-minded activities also include working with the Children’s Hunger Project, the Back-to-School Supply Drive, Girl Scouts and a local drive to collect coats for needy children.
McLean also partnered with the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront resort to organize the Prom Queen for the Day event. This year, the event collected 600 donated prom dresses and accessories that were provided free of charge to homeless and low-income students so they could attend their senior prom. The girls also received free hair-styling and make-up sessions, along with free prom tickets, so they could enjoy the night like “Prom Queens.”