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Fayetteville–area realtor wins NYSAR Community Service Award

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Don Radke (left), of FM Realty Group, poses with the 2023 Community Service Award he received. PHOTO CREDIT: NYSAR

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) recently honored Don Radke, of Fayetteville, as one of two recipients of its 2023 Community Service Award.

The honor recognized Radke, of FM Realty Group, for his dedication and commitment to various organizations and causes in Central New York. He was presented with the award during the association’s recent “Opportunity Awaits” Mid-Winter Business Meetings at the Crowne Plaza Albany - Desmond Hotel in Albany, NYSAR said in a recent news release.

A member of the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors, Radke helped save the George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation mansion and secured a $400,000 grant to help renovate the historic building. For this effort, he was selected as nonprofit President of the Year in Syracuse.

Radke’s involvement at Focus Greater Syracuse helped enhance this vital citizen-engagement organization that has made an impact throughout Central New York, NYSAR stated. As a board member and chair of the City of Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board, Radke was responsible for securing the preservation of countless historic structures across the city, including the cleaning and restoration of Onondaga Lake.

“I am humbled but very proud,” Radke said in the release. “If this can be an inspiration to somebody else in our industry, for them to take the next step and volunteer in their community, it’s what it’s all about. I am truly honored to accept this award.”

The NYSAR Community Service Award honors realtors for community involvement supporting initiatives aimed at a community’s youth, improving the quality of education, quality of life for older Americans, homelessness prevention, as well as efforts following natural disasters and other community needs.

Along with an inscribed award, a grant of $1,500 will also be made in Radke’s name to a charity of his choice.

NYSAR is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 63,000 of New York state’s real-estate professionals. 

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