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March of Dimes Honors National Realty & Development Corp. at the 26th Annual Real Estate Award Breakfast


TARRYTOWN, NY  (December 2,  2013) –  On Thursday,  November 14, 2013 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, the March of Dimes NY Chapter and the Real Estate Award Breakfast Committee honored National Realty & Development Corp.  (NRDC) with the prestigious Real Estate Breakfast Award. Joseph Simone, President, Simone Development Companies received the Martin S. Berger Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Simone is the first-ever recipient of the award, named after the Westchester commercial real estate pioneer. 2013 marks the 26th annual Real Estate Award Breakfast as well as the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes. Each year the March of Dimes honors outstanding individuals and companies whose commercial real estate activities have significantly enhanced the community. 

Over 400 members of the commercial real estate industry attended the breakfast held at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains. Over $300,000 was raised for vital research and programs to help the March of Dimes mission of preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. In an impromptu moment, Robert Baker, Chairman and CEO of NRDC, took the podium and pledged $25,000 for the mission.

“NRDC was honored to accept this year’s Real Estate Award and we were thrilled to be able to join our friends at the March of Dimes in celebrating their 75th anniversary. We are proud supporters of the March of Dimes and their dedication to give all babies a healthy start in life.” said John G. Orrico, President, NRDC.

Headquartered in Purchase, New York, NRDC was founded more than 50 years ago and has built a reputation as one of the leading privately-held commercial real estate ownership and development firms in the United States. NRDC’s portfolio is comprised of over 22 million square feet, consisting of retail power centers, grocery-anchored community shopping centers, and corporate/ industrial business parks.

In his acceptance speech, Joseph Simone remembered Martin S. Berger as a pillar in the commercial real estate industry and spoke of his philanthropic nature. 

It truly is an honor to be the first recipient of the Martin S. Berger Award for Lifetime Achievement. I’m not sure if I deserve this award, but if ever anyone deserved an award named after them it was Marty, who was a mentor and friend to me as well of a lot of other people in this audience,” he said.

Simone Development Companies is a full-service real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition and development of office, medical, retail, industrial and residential properties in the New York tri-state area. Headquartered in the Bronx, the privately held company owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester County, Queens, Long Island and Connecticut. The company’s portfolio includes more than 100 properties and ranges from multi-building office parks to retail and industrial space.

“It was a privilege to chair the Real Estate Award Breakfast in a year that we honor two industry innovators such as NRDC and Joseph Simone. And it is most fitting that the honors were made in the year we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes, an innovator in medical advancements.” said Patricia Valenti, Principal, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

The March of Dimes Real Estate Award Breakfast is one of the largest real estate events in the Tri-State area.  Past honorees include Alfred and Alan Weissman, Alfred Weissman Real Estate; Raymond Quartararo, Jones Lang LaSalle; Normandy Real Estate Partners; AvalonBay Communities; Louis Cappelli & Cappelli Enterprises; Jason Friedland and Shleppers Moving & Storage; Heyman Properties; EastRidge Properties; GHP Office Realty; Ivy Equities; Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Mark P.  Weingarten, Esq.

The March of Dimes is the leading non profit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide, and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. More than 4 million babies were born in theUnited States last year and March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit or  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

2013 Real Estate Award Breakfast Title Sponsors are National Realty & Development Corp. and Pavarini North East Construction/Structure Tone.  Our 75th Anniversary Sponsor is Jones Lang LaSalle. Gold Sponsors are COMPUFIT, Heyman Properties, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and  and Shleppers Moving & Storage/NAI Friedland Realty Inc.

For information on the March of Dimes Real Estate Award Breakfast call 914-610-7528 or email

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