NAR Good Neighbor Awards
2022 NAR Good Neighbor Awards
Three Realtors® from Pennsylvania were in the top 10 finalists in the National Association of Realtors® Good Neighbor Awards, which recognizes Realtors® for their extraordinary community service. Each of their charities received a donation.
Heather Griesser LaPierre Named NAR Good Neighbor Award Winner
Congratulations Heather Griesser LaPierre! Heather with RE/MAX Preferred Newtown Square, founder of Kids Against Hunger Philadelphia, is one of the five individuals named as a National Association of Realtors® Good Neighbor Awards winner. Her charity will receive a $10,000 grant, she will be featured in the fall 2022 issue of REALTOR® Magazine and honored on Nov. 12 during NAR NXT, NAR’s annual conference in Orlando. Read more about the NAR Good Neighbor Award winners.
In addition to the winners, five Realtors® were recognized as Good Neighbor Award honorable mentions and will each receive $2,500 grants for their charity. Two of the honorable mentions are also from Pennsylvania:
- Debbie McCabe, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors®, and the Trident Group, Devon, Pennsylvania, for Covenant House Pennsylvania, which houses and empowers young people facing homelessness.
- Kathy Opperman, Long & Foster Collegeville, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, for Pillars of Light and Love, which has offered 800 free workshops and support groups to build self-esteem and resilience in adults and kids. Opperman was also one of three of the 10 finalists chosen as this year’s Web Choice Favorites based on public voting and will receive an additional $2,500 bonus donation for her charity.
2022 Pennsylvania Realtor® Finalists
Heather Griesser LaPierre
Heather Griesser LaPierre with RE/MAX Preferred Realtors® in Newtown Square is being recognized for starting the Philadelphia chapter of Kids Against Hunger and her continued commitment to the organization. She fundraises for the organization and donates a percentage of her commission from every house sold to the organization. To date, the Philadelphia chapter of Kids Against Hunger has packed more than 10 million meals.
Debbie McCabe with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach in Devon is being recognized for her work with Covenant House Pennsylvania where she has served on the board of directors for nine years. The organization helps teenagers and young adults who have aged out of the foster system but are experiencing homelessness, providing 76 beds in a crisis center and offering education and job assistance. Her team has raised more than $300,000 for the organization.
Kathy Opperman with Long and Foster Real Estate in Collegeville is being recognized for founding Pillars of Light and Love in Trappe, which provides stress and life management for ages 5 to adult. They provide discounted or free workshops and programs, offering more than 800 different classes since its inception in 2013. Pillars of Light and Love is planning to open a restaurant later this year, where at least 60% of the staff will be people with disabilities.