BRENTWOOD, TENN. (October 18, 2016)Realtor Danna Johnson with Crye-Leike Real Estate Services in Jonesboro, Ark. is one of five honorable mentions chosen by America's largest trade association, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), for its REALTOR Magazine's Good Neighbor Award.
Johnson was selected for having fulfilled wishes for 50 children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Mid-South.
Over the last 17 years, the Good Neighbor Awards, presented by NAR's REALTOR Magazine, have recognized Realtors who dedicate countless volunteer hours to help others. More than $1 million in grants have been awarded to the winners' charities since the inaugural award. Winners of the Good Neighbor Award serve as an example of how Realtors build and strengthen communities.
As a Good Neighbor finalist, Johnson was also named the public's Web Choice winner with the most votes and will receive an additional $1,000 bonus donation for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, courtesy of realtor.com, in addition to the $2,500 she earned for her charity in being a finalist. The public was solicited to vote for the 10 Good Neighbor Award finalists during the month of September to determine who would be named the Web Choice winner.
Nominees for REALTOR Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards were judged on their personal contribution of time as well as financial and material contributions to benefit their cause. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. More information about the Good Neighbor Awards winners is available at www.realtor.org/gna.
GIVING BACK TO HER COMMUNITY. Johnson became a Make-A-Wish Mid-South wish granter and fund-raising volunteer 18 years ago and was hooked. Wishes can be anything a child might dream up, from a trip to Disney World to a room makeover to being a chef for a day. She has granted eight wishes this year alone for children ranging from ages three to 18.
"You will never meet a stronger and more selfless person than a wish child," says Johnson. "The faith that they share and the love that they so willingly give runs deeper than anything I can describe."
One common misconception is that wishes are for children who are dying, notes Johnson. Make-A-Wish serves children with life-threatening medical conditions, and the wishes are intended to give them a source of inspiration and something to look forward to.
"A child doesn't have to be terminally ill to get a wish," says Johnson. "I's not a last wish; it's a lasting wish."
Johnson has also inspired local students to share the power of a wish. Brookland Elementary School held a change drive that raised $13,000 in one week and funded to wishes.
"It's the students who learn how to raise and count money," says Johnson. "We are teaching them the importance of giving back and touching the lives of other children."
In addition to granting wishes, Johnson coordinates Jonesboro's biggest Make-A-Wish event as co-chair of the Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon. Since 1999, Johnson has helped raise more than $3 million, which has funded wishes for 620 children.
Around Valentine's Day, the organization works with Jonesboro Radio Group and KAIT-TV to allow wish children and their families to share their stories on the air. The event raised $400,000 this year for her target area of northeast Arkansas, beating all other groups in per capita fundraising in her Mid-South chapter, which covers parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Johnson coordinates the largest component of this annual Wish-A-Thon: the community roadblocks. Volunteers,including wish children and their families, stand at intersections for 12 hours collecting donations at 14 roadblocks around Jonesboro. Throughout the day, volunteers call in to the radio show to report dollar totals. Rain or shine, Johnson makes trips with an armed police officer to take the checks, coins, and dollars to the bank. This year alone, the roadblock volunteers raised $185,750.
Johnson has 19 years of real estate experience. She has been recognized for her work with Northeast Arkansas Association of Realtors on various levels, including her service as board president and REALTOR of the Year.
Johnson has also been awarded the Arkansas Association of Realtors Special Friend Award for her service to Special Olympics and Volunteer of the Year for Make-A-Wish Mid-South.
The National Association of Realtors, "The Voice for Real Estate," represents over 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Realtor.com, the official web site of NAR and operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc., pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago.
Crye-Leike (crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 39 years, is ranked the nation's sixth largest residential real estate brokerage firm among the nation's top 500 and is the largest real estate company in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South.
As a multi-million dollar producer, Danna Johnson is among Crye-Leike's network of over 3,200 sales associates who are located across 115 branch and franchise offices over a nine-state region.
Johnson is affiliated with Crye-Leike's Jonesboro branch office, located at 2907 S. Caraway Rd in Jonesboro, Ark. She may be reached at (870) 919-2226, or Johnson@crye-leike.com.
Crye-Leike's Danna Johnson Recognized Nationally for Good Neighbor Work
October 18, 2016