MRIS Announces Inaugural Adam D. Cockey, Jr. Community Leader Award Winner
Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), the Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that facilitates nearly $103 million a day in real estate transactions, yesterday announced the winner of the first annual Adam D. Cockey, Jr. Community Leader Award. MRIS presented the award to Tara Winfree, Branch Vice President of Manassas Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, at a ceremony at the MRIS headquarters Thursday.
Named after former MRIS Chairman of the Board, Adam D. Cockey, Jr., for dedicating over 40 years to philanthropic efforts, the award honors real estate professionals who have demonstrated an unsurpassed commitment to community service and activism.
“Tara is an incredible individual who believes in supporting the people and community she lives in,” said co-worker Victoria Baker, who nominated the winner. “She was the driving force in the implementation of a backpack food program at two local Reston schools because she found children in her community weren’t getting enough to eat on the weekends. She not only recognized the local issue of food shortage and implemented a program to address it, but she involved the community in helping her fund it.”
Since 2009, Tara has been involved in food fundraisers for the Capital Area Food Bank. In her volunteer work, she discovered that the elementary school near her home had more than 200 children who were not being fed enough on the weekends. As a result, she singlehandedly raised enough money to buy six meals to send home with every child on the weekends.
Through her promotion of the issue and the solution she has brought to her community at speaking events and in conversations with other real estate professionals and corporate sponsors, Tara has inspired so much support that the backpack food program is now feeding close to 300 children and has expanded to additional schools. The program has helped children become more successful in school and reduced negative behavior that often results from being hungry.
“A real estate professional is more than a person who just lists and sells homes. We are the fabric of the community. We take pride in the neighborhoods we sell and specialize in. We can be found all around town, from stream cleanups to back-to-school nights to food drives. We live here, we work here, and we sell here. And, we want to make our community the best it can be,” said award recipient, Tara Winfree. “I truly don’t deserve this award – my town, my community, my friends, and all the volunteers and donors who came together to help me make a difference deserve this award.”
“I am honored to have this award carry my name, and I am proud to see that so many real estate professionals in our industry give their time and money to various charitable foundations and communities to help those less fortunate,” said Adam D. Cockey, Jr. “Sir Isaac Newton said ‘if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,’ and through the Adam D. Cockey, Jr. Community Leader Award we bring forward and recognize many giants in the Mid-Atlantic real estate industry just like Tara Winfree.”
Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS) is Real Estate in Real Time™. We’re a leading provider of real estate information technology and services, and are frequently ranked among the most productive Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in the nation, facilitating over $33 billion in system wide sales in 2011. In its core market, MRIS supports over 44,000 real estate professionals spanning the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. MRIS provides a portfolio of technology solutions and proprietary databases for real estate professionals, as well as broker and agent software products and an industry-leading consumer portal, HomesDatabase.com. In addition, the CURE Solutions Group, a subsidiary of MRIS, provides proprietary back-end technology to other MLS systems, which serves nearly 150,000 customers each day. Visit MRIS at MRIS.com and our web based TV station, mrisTV.com. “Like” us on Facebook/MRISonFB, follow us on Twitter, @MRIS_REal_News and be sure to visit MRISblog.com for real-time news and company updates.
ABOUT THE ADAM D. COCKEY JR. COMMUNITY LEADER AWARD
Named after former MRIS Chairman of the Board, Adam D. Cockey, Jr., the award recognizes real estate professionals who have demonstrated an unsurpassed commitment to community service and activism. The Community Leader Award is inspired by Cockey’s 40 years of philanthropic efforts that have impacted local, regional, and national organizations. As the newest addition to MRIS Cares, MRIS’ philanthropic outreach committee, the Community Leader Award contributes $3,000 to the charity of the recipient’s choice, and awards the recipient with $2,000. To learn more about Adam D. Cockey, Jr., Community Leader Award visit MRIS at www.mris.com/MRISCares or ask a question on Twitter, @MRIS_REal_News or Facebook, Facebook/MRISonFB.