And the Winners Are…

Good Neighbor Award winner Kelly Catallo and 2016 Realtor of the Year Michelle Haggstrom holding their awards at the Professional Awards Dinner

We’re not quite gearing up for the Oscars yet, but awards season is approaching for Realtors®. All year long, many of you go above and beyond. You participate on countless local, state, and sometimes national committees and task forces. We don’t have to remind you how time consuming or demanding these commitments are, but the industry does want to remind you that your work is most appreciated and meaningful to the Realtor® community.

The Awards Dinner is one way to honor your commitment and recognize the many members who have made their volunteer work a priority. This year, the event takes place after the MAR Board of Directors meeting on September 14 at the Double Tree Hilton in Milford, Massachusetts. It will be there that the much-anticipated Educator of the Year, Good Neighbor, and Realtor® of the Year winners are announced.

Kelly Catallo, Broker/Owner of Cosmopolitan Real Estate INC., was the Good Neighbor winner in 2016. Catallo was honored for her work founding the Running of the Leprechauns 5K in Medford, raising over $50,000 for the Boston Children’s hospital..

This year, Catallo reflects on what receiving that honor was like for her at the Awards Dinner in 2016. Like many who hear they have been nominated for an award, Catallo was shocked. “When it sunk in,” Catallo said, “this very warm feeling of love enveloped me. I was so very honored. I do what I do because it’s what I can do. Being able to bring people together to bring awareness and support for our community, while having fun, for something so important as the Boston Children’s Hospital is so spiritually fulfilling. Being honored by my peers was like getting a great big bear hug!”

Similar to many of you, Catallo is a busy person. There’s business, family and fun. But time, she says in reflecting on her precious volunteer work, is not something we have; it’s something we create. “Don’t let the opportunity to be a valuable, contributing member of your community pass you by, create the time—be it an hour a week or 10 minutes a day. You owe it to yourself.”

Take the time to appreciate yourself and your fellow Realtor® members this September at the Awards Dinner. We hope to see you there!