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Somers REALTOR Linda Crispinelli named NYSAR Community Service Award winner

Oct 16, 2014
Albany – October 6, 2014 – The New York State Association of REALTORS recognized Linda “Lin” Crispinelli for her work with the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund by naming her one of its first-ever Community Service Award honorees during the association’s Fall Business Meetings in Verona, NY.

The NYSAR Community Service Award is intended to honor REALTORS’ community involvement supporting initiatives aimed at a community’s youth, improving the quality of education, quality of life for older Americans, homelessness prevention, as well as efforts following natural disasters.  

Crispinelli created the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund, also known as “Stephanie’s Mission,” following the tragic death of her daughter Stephanie during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The non-profit organization was created in hopes of continuing Stephanie’s mission of helping children who are less fortunate all over the world.

Through Stephanie’s Mission, Crispinelli creates approximately 200 “Steph’s Comfort Kits” annually, which are donated to the Westchester Chapter of the American Red Cross and include a blanket, small pillow, teddy bear and books. The kits are given to children displaced from their homes. 

In addition, the fund has built five pre-elementary schools in poverty-stricken areas of Jamaica in Stephanie’s honor, with the hopes of building a new school every year. Scholarships have also been set up for high school and college students to go on humanitarian trips similar to those in which Stephanie participated. 

“Linda Crispinelli is an inspiration to us all. She’s a shining example of how New York State’s REALTORS are giving back to their communities in a variety of ways and advancing good works to help those in need around the world,” said JP Endres, 2014 president of the New York State Association of REALTORS. “REALTORS don’t just help people achieve the American dream of homeownership, they are working every day to build the communities around them and change lives for the better.” 

Along with an inscribed award, a monetary grant of $500 was also made in Crispinelli’s name to the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund. Merrick REALTOR® Susan Gruen Helsinger and Sidney REALTOR Jacqlene Rose were also recipients of this year’s award. 

The New York State Association of REALTORS is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 47,000 of New York state’s real estate professionals. The term REALTOR is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS. These REALTORS are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS as well as their local board or association of REALTORS.

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