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July 2016

NAR honors three members from King County

NAR honoreesThree Realtors from Seattle-King County were among honorees during the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. The local leaders who were singled out were Evangeline "Van" Anderson, J. Lennox Scott, and Beverly Prkacin Read.

Scott and Read were inducted in the RPAC (Realtors® Political Action Committee) "Hall of Fame."  Anderson received two special awards.

Anderson dual awards including recognition as a 50-year member of the National Association of REALTORS®, and a special presentation by Washington's senior U.S. Senator, Patty Murray, during "Hill" visits. Sen. Murray presented the Bellevue resident with a "crystal shoe" (modeled after her annual "Golden Tennis Shoes Awards Luncheon" when she and her constituents celebrate people who have accomplished something extraordinary in service to others.  In a surprise presentation of the rarely-bestowed award, Sen. Murray referred to Anderson as "her favorite lobbyist of all time." Anderson has served as the FPC (Federal Political Coordinator) to Sen. Murray for 14 years, a role she is concluding this year.

The Hall of Fame recognizes dedicated members of NAR who have made a significant commitment to RPAC over the years, including investing in the group's bipartisan grassroots and issues mobilizing efforts to protect and promote the tradition of home ownership. Hall of Famers are recognized at different tiers, starting at cumulative investments of at least $25,000.

Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, was this year's only inductee into the third level, recognizing aggregated investments of $75,000. He was first inducted in the 2004 class.

"Through our support of RPAC we are making a personal statement about the importance of our real estate industry," said Scott, whose company is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. "I'm proud to be a part of the Hall of Fame, and even prouder to support homeowners and communities across the country."

Read, a member of the National Association of Realtors since 1985, was the only first-time inductee from Washington in this year's class. She is a broker at Windermere Real Estate Northlake at Lake Forest Park. Along with her daughter, Dawn Lane of Las Vegas and her granddaughter, Nikki Kanani Cvitanovic of Vancouver, B.C. she makes up a three generation Realtor® family.

Read, who lives in Richmond Beach in Shoreline, serves as a member of Seattle King County Realtors® Governmental & Public Affairs Committee, Washington Realtors® RPAC Trustee and state director. She says her participation has helped her build a wealth of knowledge and expertise to assist her clients in making their home buying or selling decisions.

Hall of Fame members are recognized with a lapel pin, an inscription of their name on a plaque on the National Association of Realtors®'s Washington, D. C. building rooftop, and a plaque commemorating their support of the group's political advocacy organization.

The first RPAC Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2002 and contained only 22 Realtors®.  Since then, across the country, nearly 700 individuals have been added. With the newest inductees, Washington now has 21 members.

RPAC is a voluntary political action committee whose membership consists of REALTORS® and affiliates interested in actively and effectively protecting the real estate industry and the dream of home ownership by participating in government affairs at the local, state and national levels.  Although RPAC does not back political parties and does not get involved in presidential politics, it does back "Realtor Party" congressional candidates who have strong records of supporting homeownership and private property rights.