Yesterday morning at a ceremony held at MRIS headquarters, Alfred B. “Tim” Kagan, Jr., REALTOR® at Benson & Mangold, LLC, was named the winner of the second annual Adam D. Cockey, Jr. Community Leadership Award.
“It’s an incredible honor to receive this award, especially since it is named after Adam,” said Tim. “I hope to encourage more real estate professionals to give their time to various charitable organizations to help those less fortunate in our communities and abroad.”Tim has dedicated 32 years to the United Fund of Talbot, an organization that funds non-profit organizations that benefit the community in a wide range of activities such as mental health services, assistance for victims of domestic violence, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Girl and Boy Scouts. Recognizing the decline in individual donations, he helped establish a committee to encourage corporate gifts, raising $500,000 for the United Fund.
As an active member of Rotary International, Tim also had the opportunity to travel to New Delhi, India to administer vaccinations to approximately 900 children in an effort to combat polio.
While administering these vaccines, Tim noted that one child was quite ill. He discovered the child needed heart surgery, and since the family had no money, he arranged to have the child receive the necessary surgery paying for the procedure with personal funds.
“Tim represents what this award embodies and then some. He not only is an exemplary real estate professional but he has dedicated his life to making other people’s lives better. I am proud that Tim, and all the nominated real estate professionals within the MRIS footprint, devote time to help their communities and those less fortunate,” said MRIS CEO David Charron. “Tim serves as a great role model for all real estate professionals.”
As recognition for his achievement, Tim will receive a donation for the organization of his choice. This year, the top five finalists will all receive donations to their organizations as well.
The finalists included Christine Thomas, from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Baltimore, MD, Linda Wolf, from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Alexandria, VA, Irene Mabry-Moses, Faith Realty, LLC in Parkville, MD and Jeremy Lichtenstein from RE/MAX Realty Services in Bethesda, MD.
Named after former MRIS Chairman of the Board, Adam D. Cockey, Jr., the Adam D. Cockey, Jr. Community Leadership Award honors real estate professionals who have demonstrated an unsurpassed commitment to community service and activism. For more information about this award, visit MRIS.com/MRISCares.