California REALTOR® Sally Rudloff at Kane & Associates, in Alameda, Calif., is one of five winners chosen by NAR as REALTOR® Magazine’s 2012 Good Neighbor Award winners. Rudloff was selected for her effective leadership of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, including heading up a $10 million capital campaign that built a new youth center.
“The Good Neighbor Awards demonstrates how REALTORS® are integral to a successful community,” said NAR President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami. “This year’s winners are true examples of how Realtors® dedicate their time and resources to improving the lives of those in need. Due to Sally’s determination and drive, children in her community now have a safe place to learn and receive the help they need.”
In 2004, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club found itself at a turning point. The club had long served as a haven for kids—many living in single-parent families—from Alameda’s lower-income west end. The 60-year-old club provided an enriching, stimulating environment and kept kids off the streets between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., peak hours for juvenile violent crime. But the crumbling building needed an overhaul, and the repairs were estimated to cost at least $2 million. In addition, the building’s location made it difficult for kids to get there after school.
As president of the club’s volunteer board, Rudloff hired a consultant to help determine the feasibility of a new state-of-the-art club in a more convenient location. The projected cost for the proposed facility was $10 million. “You’ll never raise that much money in Alameda,” Rudloff recalled the consultant telling her. Board members were crestfallen, but not for long. “We just looked at each other and said, ‘We have to do it,’” said Rudloff. “And then we did it.”
Seven years later, in May 2011, the 25,000-square-foot Alameda Boys & Girls Club opened its doors. “The kids were so thrilled,” said Rudloff. “When we had our grand opening, I stood by the door and watched people come into the facility, and their mouths dropped open. It’s absolutely beautiful inside.”
Rudloff and the other four Good Neighbor Award winners will each receive a $10,000 grant for their charity, a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card and will be profiled in the November/December issue of REALTOR Magazine. The recipients will receive their awards on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the 2012 REALTORS Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.