Also honored at the event were: Linda Early of Coco, Early & Associates Real Estate in Methuen was honored with the NEAR Distinguished Service Award for many years of outstanding volunteer service to NEAR in a wide variety of leadership roles; Christine Andrade of RE/MAX Prestige in Dracut was honored for the NEAR Good Neighbor Award. She founded the Tyngsboro Music Parents Association to enhance music opportunities for children in Tyngsboro public schools by raising funds for and promoting the music program. This program benefits the instrumental music activities of children in grades 5 thru 12. Andrade raised close to $100,000 as founder and board member of the Friends of the Lowell Council on Aging; for the second straight year, Linda Kody of Kody & Company in North Andover was honored with the NEAR Educator of the Year Award for outstanding real estate training; Martha Sotiropoulos of Perkins and Anctil, PC in Westford was honored with the NEAR Affiliate of the Year Award for her charitable efforts as Co-Chair of the NEAR Community Service Committee last year. Her accomplishments included a successful toy drive that benefited 280 children, securing grants for “Place of Promise” and the Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity, and collecting 3,700 pounds of food in the food drive for families in need served by the Merrimack Valley Food Bank; Denise Olivares and Wil Molina of Coco, Early and Associates of Bradford were honored with the NEAR Unsung Hero Award. Olivares and Molina volunteered for the victims of Hurricane Sandy by both visiting the area immediately after the event to provide direct aid, and also by raising funds. They served 3,000 meals to victims of the storm in just one day.
The Association also presented a number of “Top Producer” awards to approximately 20 percent of the Association’s Realtor members based on their property sales volume during 2012. These included a “Rookie of the Year” award presented to Diana Pinkham of Connie Doto Realty Group in Methuen, in recognition of her high number of transactions closed and the level of dollar volume sold among first-year NEAR members.