Alexandria realtor Bobi Bomar was all smiles on Friday when she received the Heart of Del Ray award following a record vote.
“This means the world to me because I love Del Ray more than anywhere I’ve lived,” Bomar said. “It’s the best place in the world.”
Bomar beat out the , , and Jack Taylor of for the award.
The Del Ray Business Association presents the award—which is a giant cardboard heart—annually to the business or businessperson that best demonstrates a warm and welcoming attitude to the community and customers, a commitment and generosity to the community and to their contribution to what makes Del Ray a great place to live, work and shop.
Realtor Jen Walker, who won the award last year, presented the heart to Bomar.
DRBA Events Committee Co-Chair Gayle Reuter said almost 400 votes were placed via e-mail.
"You could always find her volunteering at First Thursdays, the Holiday Tree Lighting, Halloween Parade, etc. She really does represent all the good things about Del Ray and it's businesses," Reuter said in an e-mail.
Reuter passed on the following votes for Bomar, which contain praise for her efforts and spirit in the community:
• "I would like to nominate Bobi Bomar for the 2011 Heart of Del Ray Award. I've known Bobi for over five years and don't know of a bigger advocate of the Del Ray community. She lives and works in Del Ray and is a constant cheerleader for all the benefits of living in this close-knit community."
• "I vote for Bobi Bomar—a terrific lady; very service-oriented and a Del Ray native!!"
• "I would like to vote for Bobi Bomar for the the "Heart of Del Ray Award." I know from personal experience because she has recruited volunteers from the Weichert office to assist her that she contributes many hours to activities in the community that make it one of the top communities to live in in this area. Not only is her business focuesed in Del Ray, but she supports and publicizes other Del Ray businesses."
• "We think Bobi Bomar is a vital part of Del Ray. Takes part in all the fund raisers and functions of the avenue. She has a gift for finding the right home for her clients."
Visit Bomar's website to check out her real estate listings in the area.