Foundation & Awards

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Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation

The mission of the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation is to improve lives and strengthen our community. We work with charities that promote a hands-up/helping hand attitude.

The Foundation also supports our members’ community involvement, advocacy, and professional growth. Member dedication is recognized annually through various awards, including the Good Neighbor Award which provides grants to member charities.

Local organizations the Foundation has recently supported:

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Pinellas County Opportunity Council
  • Keep Pinellas Beautiful*
  • The Kind Mouse*
  • Women With Purpose*
  • City of Largo Summer Camp Scholarship Program*
  • Pet Pal Animal Shelter*
  • Homeless Empowerment Program*
  • Angels Against Abuse*
  • Clothes to Kids*

* charities selected and supported by our Affiliate Business Partners

Foundation Awards

Recognizing members for their dedication to improving their communities is an important function of the Foundation. Our highly regarded Good Neighbor Award does just that.

In addition to the awards members can apply for, each year we recognize members for their longevity in the industry and their leadership within the association through our REALTOR® of the Year, Emeritus Award, and Distinguished Service Award honors.

Recipients (or their representative) and allowed guests are expected to fully attend the events at which they are honored. Each will be honored by name and presented their award package with a handshake photo opportunity. Recipients may be invited to kindly share their testimony at a later date.

Local charities Good Neighbor Award grants have recently supported:

2019:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
  • The Kind Mouse Productions, INC.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas
  • Creative Clay
  • Pasco Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention

2018:

  • Community Learning Center
  • Wheelchairs for Kids
  • Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue
  • Operation: Military Matters
  • Dunedin Museum, Inc.

Good Neighbor Award

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Application period is open.

to review criteria, apply, or nominate.

Recognizes outstanding commitment to a local charity.

Have you made an extraordinary impact on your community by giving your time and resources, or know a fellow member that has? We want to honor you or that person as a “Good Neighbor.”

Both REALTOR® and Affiliate Business Partner members are eligible.

Award: $1,000 grant to member’s organization, pin, certificate, recognition in a special ad in the Tampa Bay Times, name and brokerage name listed on a banner hung at PRO the following year, and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Business Meeting.

REALTOR® Achievement Award

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NOTE: The application period will open in October.

Recognizes dedication and engagement with the REALTOR® association.

Have you been a REALTOR® with PRO or CPRO for at least 10 years? Are you actively involved with PRO/CPRO – serving in a leadership capacity, attending special events and classes, and volunteering for charitable opportunities?

Award: $250 Professional Development scholarship, pin, certificate, recognition in a special ad in the Tampa Bay Times, name and brokerage name listed on a banner hung at PRO the following year, and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors.

Rookie of the Year Award

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The winner will be selected based on sales figures and involvement with PRO/CPRO.

Recognizes emerging talent.

This award is open to those REALTOR® members who have done a lot in a little amount of time. Those who meet the criteria of being licensed less than 2 years with over $1 million in sales will be invited to apply for this prestigious award.

Award: $250 Professional Development scholarship, certificate, recognition in a special ad in the Tampa Bay Times, name and brokerage name listed on a banner hung at PRO the following year, and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors.

Rising Star Award

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NOTE: The application period will open in October.

Recognizes outstanding commitment, engagement, and enthusiastic support to PRO/CPRO, their real estate career, and the local real estate industry.

Nominated by members and staff alike, this award is for those REALTOR® members whose ongoing dedication is paving the way to a stellar career for themselves and better community and association for everyone.

Award: $250 Professional Development scholarship, certificate, recognition in a special ad in the Tampa Bay Times, name and brokerage name listed on a banner hung at PRO the following year, and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors.

REALTOR® Resiliency Award

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NOTE: The application period will open in October.

Recognizes triumph over adversity.

Did you face and overcome an incredible obstacle in the last year, all while maintaining your real estate career? This award honors a REALTOR® member who persevered in the face of adversity and serves as an inspiration to others.

Award: $250 Professional Development scholarship, certificate, recognition in a special ad in the Tampa Bay Times, name and brokerage name listed on a banner hung at PRO the following year, and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors.

Advocacy Champion Award

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NOTE: The application period will open in October.

Recognizes a REALTOR® member’s commitment to advocating for the advancement and health of the real estate industry.

Nominated by members, the RPAC Fundraising Committee, and Public Policy Committee.

Award: REALTOR® Party “swag”, pin, certificate, recognition in a special ad in the Tampa Bay Times, name and brokerage name listed on a banner hung at PRO the following year, and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors.

Homeowner Hero Award

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Nominations/Honoree decided by RPAC Fundraising Committee and Public Policy Committee.

Honors local elected officials who demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the real estate industry and homeownership.

Officials from both Pinellas and Pasco counties are eligible.

Recipient will receive a special plaque and recognition in an issue of REALTORView Monthly magazine.

Recipients are honored at our Annual Business Meeting.

Become a Foundation Investor Today

To strengthen our commitment to the community and recognize those dedicated to making positive impacts that affect us all, every PRO/CPRO member is challenged to give $100 annually to the Foundation.

With over 9,000 members, we have strength in numbers. If every PRO/CPRO member contributed, imagine the impact we would have on the community. The Foundation is grateful for contributions of any size and frequency. Will you step up and become an investor?

Pinellas Realtor® Foundation is classified as a public charity under code section 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) and is Exempt Organization under code section 501 (c) (3) and all donations are considered tax deductible.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMEDATION BY THE STATE. To verify registration and finanical information of the Pinellas Realtor® Foundation, call the Florida Division of Consumer Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-HELPFLA (1 -800-435-7352) or visit http://www.800helpfla.com/. The Pinellas Realtor® Foundation is located at 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida 33762. Registration #: CH19201

2020 Foundation Board of Trustees

The role of the Foundation Trustees is to be a fiduciary of the funds and to see that the organization is fulfilling the mission and vision of the organization. They also are the spokespersons of the foundation to the community and are responsible for fostering goodwill with other non-profits and community leaders.

2020 Foundation Board of Trustees members:

Chair:

  • Mindy Rovillo

Trustees:

  • Leon Sarkisian
  • Kevin Batdorf
  • Victor Adamo
  • Phil Rogers
  • Brandi Gabbard
  • Heather Smith
  • Pat Ivers
  • Cyndee Haydon
  • David B. Bennett