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September 17, 2019

For Immediate Release

Nora Partlow, Northern Virginia Realtor®, Selected as Finalist for National Award

Nora Partlow, a Northern Virginia Realtor®, has been selected as a finalist for the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) Good Neighbor Award – a national recognition from the largest trade association in the world.

“As professionals who care deeply about the communities they live and work in, Northern Virginia Realtors® are dedicated to giving back,” Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® (NVAR) CEO Ryan Conrad said. “We are very proud of Nora and her generous contributions to Neighborhood Health and our community.”

The NAR Good Neighbor Award honors Realtors® who make the world a better place through extraordinary volunteer work. Partlow, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Residential in Arlington, Va., has volunteered with Neighborhood Health for 21 years – providing time, donations, and leadership for fundraising events which netted more than $550,000.

“This is a well-deserved recognition,” NVAR Cares Committee Chair Mary Ann Burstein said. “Nora has been a strong advocate for Neighborhood Health’s mission and the NVAR Cares mission. Volunteers like Nora are an asset for our association and for our community. In fact, last year the NVAR Cares Committee selected Nora as the recipient of our local NVAR Good Neighbor Award.”

Neighborhood Health of Virginia is a nonprofit community health center offering medical, dental, and behavioral health services, as well as pharmacy assistance and HIV care, to more than 20,000 people a year, now via 14 locations.

Partlow was a coffee shop owner when she became aware of Neighborhood Health. It had one site at the time, and she noticed that many of its clients were using her nearby coffee shop, situated among low-income housing units in Arlington’s Del Ray neighborhood, as an ad hoc waiting room. She not only urged employees and clients to use the clinic but also made her coffee shop available to Neighborhood Health staff. Today, Partlow has inspired more than 250 local leaders to support the mission of Neighborhood Health.

“Nora has volunteered at Neighborhood Health since 1997 – the year we were founded. She has played multiple leadership roles including chairing our event planning committees and helping with fundraising events over 21 years,” Dr. Basim Khan, Neighborhood Health’s executive director and head physician, said. “Nora has also been a strong advocate for Neighborhood Health’s mission, helping to raise awareness and opening new doors among colleagues and the business community.” 

Partlow and her family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in the mid-1950s. Having lived through her family’s rise from poverty, Partlow understands the value of community support.

"It doesn't matter how much you earn," says Partlow, espousing values she learned as an immigrant daughter, an employer of minimum-wage workers, and a person deeply supportive of home ownership. What matters is being "able to give back to your community.”“Nora's selfless giving to our community is an inspiration,” said Christine Richardson, president of NVAR and an agent with Weichert, Realtors® in Great Falls, Va. “She recognized a need, and then she took action. Nora is truly an angel among us. We are so excited to have her efforts recognized at the national level!”

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The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® serves as The Voice for Real Estate in Northern Virginia and provides a variety of services to its members including educational opportunities, professional standards enforcement, market statistics, legislative reviews, issues lobbying, multiple listing and lockbox services, and more. The purpose of NVAR is to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully, to promote member professional competency, to maintain members’ adherence to the Realtor® Code of Ethics and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. NVAR has grown to about 12,000+ Realtors® who carry out a real estate industry in a community of more than 2 million residents. Visit NVAR online at,, and Contact the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® at 703.207.3200. The NVAR headquarters is located at: 8407 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA  22031, with a second service center located in Herndon.


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