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CAAR Member Donna Patton Honored with First Quarter Good Neighbor Award

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) has announced that Donna Patton of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate III - Crossroads is the first quarter Good Neighbor Award recipient.

The Good Neighbor Award program highlights local REALTORS® who dedicate significant time and interest to projects that make a lasting impact on our communities.

2017Q1GNAPatton was nominated by Cynthia Viejo for her long-standing volunteer commitment with various organizations, such as Orange County Rescue Squad and Trails of Hope, as well as her most recent devotion to Green Dogs Unleashed. Patton and her therapy dog, Champ - who are also part of the Green Dogs Unleashed Therapy Dog Team - help promote and increase awareness on the kinship between animals and people. In addition to Patton and Champ visiting special needs kids once a week at various schools, they also visit hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional centers.

Patton volunteers 20 – 30 hours a month and has impacted hundreds of people, including children and seniors. Watching a person’s behavior transform in a matter of seconds from the presence of a therapy dog is a truly remarkable experience that Patton and Champ encounter often.

"Donna Patton has had a major impact on not only us here at Green Dogs Unleashed, but in the community we serve. Alongside her Team Mate and therapy dog, Champ, Donna has served tirelessly, improving the lives of special needs and at risk youth during her weekly visits to several schools,” said Erika Proctor, Director and Animal Behavior Specialist of Green Dogs Unleashed (GDU). “Without Donna, these children would not have access to the powerful healing abilities therapy dogs embody. Here at GDU we are so very grateful for all she and Champ do as Official GDU Therapy Dog Team Mates.”

A $250 donation was made to Green Dogs Unleashed in Patton’s name.

Picture: CAAR President Anthony McGhee provided Donna Patton and her therapy dog, Champ, with a certificate and $250 check to Green Dogs Unleashed. Special guests including Erika Proctor, Director and Animal Behavior Specialist of Green Dogs Unleashed, were also present during the award ceremony.

About CAAR

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than 1,000 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Widely recognized as the leading voice for real estate in Central Virginia since 1925, CAAR members bring professionalism and high ethical standards to every business transaction. The Association advocates for the protection of private property rights and provides tools and technology for members to achieve expertise in serving the needs of customers and clients. The CAAR membership is committed to enriching the region’s neighborhoods by engaging in a variety of educational programs as well as community service events each year.

Vision - The REALTOR® is indispensable to every real estate decision.

Mission - To support our REALTOR® members to be professional, ethical and successful.