MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake-Othello Association of Realtors held its annual banquet on Saturday, July 21st. The award recognizes community members and real estate professionals in five categories.
Jeanie Austin Cook, a member of the Moms Helping Moms Facebook group in Grant County, Washington and who happens to be a receptionist at the Columbia Basin Herald, was honored as Citizen of the Year.
Austin Cook said, “I’m humbled and honored. ‘I was a little taken aback because what I’m doing is not acceptable.'”
Austin-Cook was named by Allison May of Better Homes and Gardens Gary Mann Real Estate for her work in the community.
Austin-Cook set up an online support group, she said, and is pleased that online activity has spread throughout Grant County. This includes a gift campaign that her group of about 3,000 has been doing for over four years. During the 2022 drive, the group was able to provide Christmas gifts to nearly 200 children in the area.
“This group is successful because it has a community. This group has opened our eyes to the needs of many people. It’s a way for people who can help connect without having to worry about it,” said Austin-Cook.
Mothers Helping Mothers in Grant County are also open to fathers who can use their hands. Selling in online groups is prohibited, but gifts and soliciting help and advice are permitted.
For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/MOMSHELPMOMS.
Also nominated for Citizen of the Year are Kevin Fool, Moses Lake Board of Education Chairman and Moses Lake Police Chief; Brant Mayo, Director of Grant County Economic Development Council; It was a County K-9 unit.
BHG Gary Mann Realty’s Tara Zerbo was recognized as Realtor of the Year. Windermere/K-2’s Heather Adkinson and Lynn Garza were also nominated in this category.
Moses Lake Realty Group’s LeRae Redal was honored in the Realtor Achievement category. Other contenders include Tyson Morotte of Cindy Fancher, Mark Fancher, Blake Rollins and Caldwell banker Tomlinson. Windermere/K-2’s Lynn Garza was also nominated.
National Association of Realtors Subscriber Community Service Category. Kevin Burgess of Windermere/K-2 was recognized for his contributions to the community. Mark Fancher was also nominated for this award.
Frontier Title Ami Satterfield wins Affiliate of the Year. Other nominees included Angie Knutson of Movement Mortgage and Stewart Title of Grant County.
Editor’s Note: Additional coverage of the honorees at this year’s gala is ongoing and will be published as soon as we are able to speak with the honorees.
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