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The Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors was awarded the Community Recognition Award by the New York State Association of Realtors at the recently concluded state association meetings in Syracuse.

The GBAR -- the third largest membership among NYSAR's 53 local real estate boards -- took first place honors in the Large Board Category.

"The role of the Community Relations committee plays a major role in shaping, improving and maintaining a good image of realtors with the public", stated GBAR director of public affairs, Mary Ellen Randall.

"The primary goal of the GBAR Community Service program is to involve our members in meaningful public service programs which will upgrade the quality of life in the greater Buffalo area and show that realtors care about the total well-being of the communities from which they earn their livelihood."

"The GBAR Community Relations Committee offers a comprehensive program which encourages member participation and involvement in community service programs," stated 1990 program chairman, Else Edwards.

Since 1985 the GBAR has taken a statewide leadership role in this area, and has been awarded by NAR, NYSAR and ASAE for providing outstanding programs in this area. The tradition continues in 1990 as we developed our Realtor Care programs.

The programs and chairman honored by this 1990 NYSAR community achievement award included: Homelessness -- Seeking A Solution, chairperson Marilyn Sanders; Realtors Safety Awareness, chairperson, Susan Downing; Camp Good Days and Special Times, chairperson Charlene Zoratti; American Red Cross/Realtor Blood Drive, chairperson, Sue Steinhause; Salvation Army "Warm Hands", Helping Hands," co-chairperson, Else Edwards.

Trina Nardelli, communications staff assistant for the GBAR was responsible for compiling and documenting the winning scrapbook entry.

"Over 1,000 realtors participated in the implementation of these programs with an estimate of approximately 200,000 people in the Greater Buffalo and surrounding areas who were affected by these programs," stated Randall.

"The true measure of success is not the award, but the services our members were able to provide. It goes beyond knowing home values and the housing market. It includes understanding and meeting the needs of people."

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