Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma January 2020 - Page 10

Edmond Realtor Kristy Payne’s dedication to others is being noticed both in Edmond and on the national level. Payne among Top 10 in Good Neighbor Awards BY VAN MITCHELL | PHOTOS BY KAREN MOORE I n March 2016, Krist y Payne and her husband started Fostering Sweet Dreams, located at 529 West Edmond Road, a non-profit that provides tangible needs such as beds, car seats, high chairs, and strollers to kinship foster- care placements along with unexpected traditional foster-care placements. That dedication to serving others garnered Payne, an Edmond Realtor with Keller-Williams, an Honorable Mention, and Top 10 finish in The National Association of REALTORS ®  Good Neighbor Awards. During its annual convention from Nov. 8-11, the National Association of Realtors ®  celebrated the Good Neighbor Awards 20th year of the Good Neighbor Awards program, which honor Realtors ® for their achievements as volunteers who improve the lives of people in need around them. “We submitted an application online 10 January 2020 | The Business Times for the National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor,” Payne said. “A few months later we got a call saying we were in the top 10 finalists. They put the 10 of us in the Wall Street Journal.  We didn’t make the top five, but we were honorable mention.” Five winners are announced each fall in “REALTOR ®” magazine. Winners are recognized annually at the REALTORS ® Conference & Expo, and receive $10,000 grants for their charities. Winners also receive travel expenses to the conference and national and local media exposure for their communit y cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions each receive a $2,500 grant. “The stories were incredible and blew me away,” Foster said. “To be mentioned alongside these people doing these great works was prett y phenomenal.” To further commemorate the 20th year celebration, NAR doubled the grants awarded to the winners’ nonprofit organizations from $10,000 to $20,000, with the assistance of sponsors realtor. com and Wells Fargo – an announcement which came as a surprise to both the winners and the hundreds of people attending the commemorative ceremony in San Francisco, Calif. Each year, five Good Neighbor Award winners and five honorable mentions are recognized. Good Neighbor stories and videos generate considerable local and national media attention, which drives additional donations, volunteers and support to each recognized nonprofit organization. Payne said Fostering Sweet Dreams received a $5,000 grant. “We were able to purchase 32 twin beds with the $5,000 grant,” she said. Over the past 20 years of Good Neighbor recognition: