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Coldwell Banker Receives 2010 Spirit of Youth Award

by Chicago Agent

Coldwell Banker was honored with the 2010 “Spirit of Youth” award from the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) for its work and dedication in supporting the organization’s mission of keeping America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The award was presented at the organization’s annual “Spirit of Youth” benefit in November at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

“We are recognizing Coldwell Banker because of its ongoing support and commitment to NRS and for being a strong corporate philanthropic leader for NRS,” said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director.

Coldwell Banker has hosted many events to raise money for NRS and awareness about the runaway issue in this country through its Charitable Foundation, whose primary purpose is to raise funds to provide financial assistance to housing-related causes in the community. Since 2005, the real estate firm has donated more than $30,000 and has supported Realtors in their NRS roles on the board, in the call center and as Street Team members.

“We are truly honored to be the recipient of this year’s ‘Spirit of Youth’ award,” said Fran Broude, President and COO of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Our Realtors have rallied behind National Runaway Switchboard for its admirable mission, and we are proud to be a strong advocate for them.”

About National Runaway Switchboard
The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, handles an average of 100,000 calls annually – more than 3 million calls since the organization’s inception. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over 13,000 youth have been reunited with their families through the NRS Home Free program done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY. For more information, visit 1800RUNAWAY.org.

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