It is the time of year when we get ready to announce our annual award for MRIS Customers who show an exemplary dedication to community service. In honor of our former chairman, Adam D. Cockey, Jr., who himself embodied the philosophy of giving back to communities both near and far we put the call out for MRIS agents who donate their free time, money, and other resources to help those in need. Here are the five finalists.
Tim Kagan. Tim embodies the motto, “Service above Self”. Tim acts as a mentor to others in his field and volunteers with programs such as Meals on Wheels, Bethany House, and Brighter Christmas Fund. As an active member of the United Fund of Talbot, Tim raised $500,000 to benefit local organizations in the community that provide a wide range of services including mental health services, help for those affected by domestic violence, and the Girl and Boy Scouts of America. As a long-term member of the Rotary Club of Easton, Maryland Tim has been instrumental in their charity efforts both at home and abroad. Most notably he has devoted tremendous amounts of time and resources to further the goal of eradicating polio in developing countries. Cumulatively Tim has contributed over $30,000 to projects in South Asia and has also coordinated the care for several severely ill children who needed life-saving surgery. Tim is an agent with Benson and Mangold.
Jeremy Lichtenstein. Jeremy has filled a vital gap in the war against hunger in Montgomery County through a program he founded called Kids In Need Distributors (KIND). This group provides over 50,000 nutritious meals on weekends for kids as a way to supplement the school-based free and reduced meal program they are part of during the week. KIND also donates items such as toiletries and winter coats to kids who would otherwise go without. Additionally, Jeremy started Jeremy’s Read-It Club that inspires kids to get hooked on reading and gives away prizes to those who successfully complete the program. Jeremy is an agent with RE/MAX.
Irene C. Mabry-Moses. Irene goes out of her way to help those who are homeless find stable living situations. She has worked in conjunction with a variety of homeless organizations to place innumerable individuals in safe homes so they can build a better life. Her special focus on women who have survived domestic violence situations means she often deals with individuals who need help clearing the financial mess on their records so that they can qualify for a mortgage and this is where her real estate expertise comes into play. She frequently becomes their advocate when dealing with lenders and lawyers so that those who are already in a precarious situation don’t enter into ones that are even worse. Irene is an agent with Faith Realty.
Christine Thomas. As a lifelong giver to her community, Christine has spent the past five years focusing on the multi-faceted needs of inner city youth. In conjunction with three NFL players Christine co-founded Shutdown Academy that combines education and sports to provide after school mentoring and tutoring services to kids in need. She spearheaded an initiative to involve the youth of Shutdown Academy in giving back to others when she inspired them to be active in a Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. The children were excited to be a part of it and they learned the importance of helping others, even in their own at risk situations. Under her own steam Christine has intervened in crisis situations to relocate families in dangerous living conditions. Some examples include mobilizing hundreds of people to call upon the city of Baltimore to find housing for eight families living in abandoned houses and helping a non-English speaking family move after their son was brutally attacked and they continued to receive threats from the perpetrators. Christine is an agent with Coldwell Banker.
Linda Wolf. For years Linda’s passion has been caring for the emotional and social well-being of children suffering from cancer at Children’s National Medical Center but now she has expanded the scope of her work to include those with a family member being treated at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Her years of organizing a highly successful toy drive has resulted in thousands of smiles to children all over our region and her work continues to inspire the people’s whose lives she touches both at work and in the community. As someone who tirelessly advocates for the health and wellbeing for a population of children who are often reluctant to indicate they would appreciate some extra attention, Linda makes sure none of the children she works with feel left out. Linda is an agent with Coldwell Banker.
Congratulations to the five finalists!