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Heard on the Street: Pompeian recognized as a good neighbor

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Ed Pompeian, Realty Growth
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Edward Pompeian of Realty Growth Inc.in Rochester has won the National Association of RealtorsGood Neighbor Award.

Pompeian was selected by his peers for his efforts with the Gift of Life Transplant Housein Rochester, serving Mayo Clinic patients.NAR will be donating $10,000 to the Gift of Life Transplant House in Pompeian's name.

"The Good Neighbor Award goes to a Realtor who, through their volunteer work, has made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage," said Steve Brown, NAR President.

Pompeian founded Gift of Life Transplant House in 1984 to give organ transplant patients an affordable place to live while awaiting an organ donation or receiving post-operative treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

Pompeian became aware of the need for affordable temporary housing after his kidney transplant in 1973. He started by letting patients stay in his own home and then began purchasing homes and apartment buildings. The facility now has 87 rooms and logs more than 50,000 guest nights per year.

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"Ed is by nature those of us in the real estate profession strive to be: a dedicated servant to the community," said Kisti Skaar, president of the SouthEast Minnesota Association of Realtors. "For Ed, it was about helping people find a place to call home even -- especially -- when they were sick. Hundreds of thousands of patients with difficult illnesses have nonetheless rested their head comfortably thanks to Ed's selfless work."

The Good Neighbor Awards was launched in 2000 and since has recognized more than 130 Realtors for their service to their communities. Good Neighbor charities have received more than $900,000 in donations.

— Mike Klein

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