February 14, 2008(TUCSON, Ariz.) – – The Long Realty Companies announced the 2007 recipients of the Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award and the Barrington L. Long Lifetime Achievement Award during Long’s annual company party on April 16 at Reid Park Zoo.

Sales Associate Mimi Crowley of Long’s River-Campbell office received the 2007 Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award-given to the sales associate who best exhibits a commitment to the community through service and values. A $500 donation will be made in Crowley’s name to the Samuel H. Woods Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Crowley, who spent 35 years as an educator within the Catalina Foothills School District, is noted for creating one of the top school libraries in the United States while serving as library media specialist. During her tenure with Catalina Foothills, Crowley established the only United State Geological Service Outreach Center not part of a USGS office.

The long-time Foothills resident Crowley has also played an active role with Habitat for Humanity-having traveled to India, Korea, Mexico, Africa, and Hungary while volunteering with Habitat. She has also volunteered her time to work on Long Realty Cares Foundation Habitat projects.

Joining Crowley was fellow River-Campbell office Sales Associate Lu Chesser, who was the recipient of the 2007 Barrington L. Long Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after former Long President Barrington "Barry" L. Long, the Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed annually upon a sales associate whose work in real estate has made a significant and lasting impact in the field, and whose exemplary character and leadership have earned wide admiration from professional colleagues.

Chesser, one of Tucson’s best-known realtors, received her real estate license in 1974. In 1982, Chesser made history by selling Tucson’s first million-dollar home. Her past clients include politicians, authors, professional athletes, musicians, and members of the Hollywood elite.

In addition to her professional accolades, Chesser has held leadership positions with numerous volunteer organizations throughout the community. An active patron of Tucson athletics and arts, Chesser has resided in Tucson since 1949.

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