ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016 — Blaine Elmer, a member of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association, has been named Florida Realtors® 2016 Newcomer of the Year. Elmer is a sales associate with Jones & Co. Realty in Fort Myers, Fla.Read More »
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016— Florida Realtors® has named Jose Fernandez as its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year, proving that Realtors make a difference in their communities. Fernandez is a member of the Miami Association of Realtors® and a sales associate with Keller Williams Realty in Miami Beach.
The awards were presented during the state association’s recent 100th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
Fernandez has been involved in humanitarian efforts since he was a child living in Puerto Rico. He began sponsoring several children through Children International in 2001, when he was attending Florida International University. Over the years, he has traveled on missionary trips to Uganda, Mexico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
While helping children across the globe, Fernandez was introduced to an orphanage in Honduras for 33 children who are not only orphans but also living with HIV or AIDs. FundacionAmor y Vida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing love, protection, care, education and development for those children. The cause captured his heart. Fernandez has been actively involved with the orphanage since 2008, has volunteered more than 1,000 hours in the past 16 months and raised close to $200,000 to benefit the children. This past November, he brought all 33 kids to Walt Disney World for a five-day, all-expenses-paid, dream trip of a lifetime.
In his local community, Fernandez is active in his church, working with several of its ministries and support groups. He volunteers at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Miami and for “Mejorando tu Salud,” a health fair that has benefitted thousands in Homestead, Little Haiti, Immokalee, Pembroke Pines and Miramar, among other areas.
For the past five years, he has organized Red Day, an initiative to give back to the community, at the real estate firm where he works. Through his leadership of that event, he has helped more than 350 children from low-income communities in Miami-Dade County and those living at His House Children Home in Miami Gardens.
Read More »
INVERNESS, Fla. – When Barbara Mills, a sales associate with RE/MAX Realty One in Inverness, got a call that a young solider returning from active duty discovered his wife left him to raise four children under the age of 11 on his own, she jumped into action.Read More »
Humanitarian of the Year at the state association’s annual convention and trade expo.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31, 2015— Florida Realtors® has named Cynthia Shafer as its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, proving that Realtors make a difference in their communities. McLean is a sales associate with Lahaina Realty in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.Read More »
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a routine day in 2011 for Kerry Constantine, broker/owner of Power Brokers Real Estate Inc. in Fort Myers. Regularly working with investors, Constantine would visit foreclosures and short sales to determine whether the property was suitable for investment.Read More »
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bill Sharp, associate broker and co-owner of Exit 1 Stop Realty in Jacksonville, knows his way around a tennis court. He was a Division I collegiate player at both the University of South Florida and University of North Florida in the late 1980s, before entering the “real world” and beginning his career in real estate.Read More »
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Last year, Gail Doxie, a sales associate with RE/MAX Realty Group in Fort Myers, led a 24-year-old veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan into a meadow at her Fort Myers ranch. She pointed out a group of horses and asked the young man to choose the horse that most resembled him before he was deployed, the one that resembles him now, and the one he would most like to be.Read More »
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.Read More »
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A community group that helps sick children enjoy the healing power of music started with one ukulele and the dream of a father to carry on the memory of his son, who died at age 22.Read More »
Cynthia J. Shaffer and her husband John collect sheets, bedding, stuffed animals and beds to help foster kids through their Beds for Kids program.
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Cynthia J. Shafer of Lahaina Realty Inc. in Fort Myers Beach was shopping at a Ross Dress for Less store, buying sheets and supplies for her charity Beds for Kids, when the girl at the register stopped her. “The girl said, ‘Do you remember me?’” Shafer recalls. “She then told me that I had delivered a toddler bed to her son. She said that I made the bed and handed her son a stuffed animal and that, at the time, she didn’t have money for rent or food in the refrigerator, but my act of kindness made her feel like a real person,” says Shafer.Read More »