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Jeff Spinello Honored with Q1 Good Neighbor Award 

Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) has announced that Jeff Spinello of HomeSell Realty 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.

Mr. Spinello was nominated by his Broker, Allan Ebell, for his dedication, commitment and fundraising efforts for Fluvanna SPCA, Peaceful Passing, and Caring for Creatures. 

For the past four years, Jeff has conducted elaborate light displays for Christmas, Halloween and the 4th of July at his home in Palmyra. The light displays take three months to design, set-up, and coordinate to music. An average display involves 65,000 lights and 7,000 feet of extension cords. 
While Mr. Spinello started these light displays as a nice gesture, the light shows gained popularity from Central Virginia residents and beyond who encouraged him to accept donations as a thank you for his hard work and creativity. He quickly saw an opportunity to donate all the proceeds from the light displays to his local animal and rescue organizations.

 “The Good Neighbor Award is a great way for the membership as well as the public to learn how REALTOR® members are making a difference in the community,” said Donna Patton, CAAR President. “I’m really looking forward to seeing Jeff’s next light display for the 4th of July.”
Two $125 donations were made to both Peaceful Passing and Caring for Creatures on behalf of Mr. Spinello.  

Picture: CAAR President-Elect Anthony McGhee gives Jeff Spinello the Good Neighbor Award certificate and two checks for $125 each to Peaceful Passing and Caring for Creatures.

Support the 2016 AHIP Safe at Home Campaign

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) received a $1,000 Virginia Association of REALTORS®(VAR) Community Engagement Grant to support the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) 2016 Safe at Home campaign. 
  Safe at Home Partnership Logo
This year’s campaign, which is energized by AHIP, CAAR and the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA), hopes to increase AHIP awareness and raise $100,000 by December 31, 2016 through various fundraiser events and volunteer activities.
Friday, May 20 | BRHBA Golf Tournament, Meadowcreek Golf Course – Tournament proceeds donated to AHIP.

Friday, June 24– Saturday, June 25 | CAAR and BRHBA members will join together and volunteer for an AHIP build day. A build day can consist of building ramps, replacing siding, installing flooring, painting, etc. for an individual or family in need.

Friday, August 19 | Best of C-VILLE Party, Ix Art Park – Nonprofit beneficiary of net proceeds of annual Best of C-VILLE awards party.

Friday, September 30 | AHIP Safe at Home Gala – 10th annual fundraiser to benefit local families in need of critical home repairs with live and silent auctions, sit-down dinner, live music, AHIP Housing Hero Award, and more.  

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.