Brook Sparks honored with Good Neighbor Award for community service

Published 9:33 am Sunday, September 24, 2023

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The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) and platinum community partner Steven Gillis State Farm Rocket Mortgage have announced REALTOR® Brook Sparks as the most recent recipient of the association’s Good Neighbor Award.

Sparks was nominated by a co-worker who had this to say: “Whether it is collecting donations for a family that lost everything in a house fire or donating her time and energy to coordinate and oversee the annual Wounded Warriors in Action (WWIA) OBX Waterfowl Hunt, this REALTOR® can always be counted on when someone is in need. Her dedication to REALTORS®, her family, and her community shows in every interaction. I am honored to call her a friend and colleague.”

The OBAR Good Neighbor Award honors a REALTOR® that goes above and beyond through their volunteer efforts to support others and make their community a better place to live. Chaired by member Jimmy Anderson, the Good Neighbor League reviews nominations and selects the worthy recipient to be honored at OBAR’s general membership meetings. Nominations can be made by other REALTORS® or by a member of the public.

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“I am truly honored to accept the Good Neighbor Award on behalf of our amazing community,” said Sparks. “What started out as a small event that made a small hunting trip possible for an amazing foundation has turned into a vehicle that unites several counties and has even crossed state lines. While I may be the ‘mouthpiece’ for this extraordinary effort of many, every single action taken by our neighbors, coworkers and friends has changed the lives of many Purple Heart Recipients.

“To know that our community efforts have caught the attention of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® and other organizations in our community can only bring more much needed awareness to the selfless causes of this incredible foundation,” she continued. “Raising awareness for the healing of America’s most sacred treasures, the Purple Heart recipients of the U.S. military has become a passion and huge part of my life. We must never forget the sacrifices that have been made so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of every single citizen that participates each year in our celebration of unity and our display of appreciation to the American hero.”

As the recipient of the Good Neighbor Award, a donation will be made on Sparks’ behalf to the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. WWIA is a public charity that devotes all its energy and resources to supporting the people wounded in combat who were awarded the Purple Heart medal. WWIA supports these heroes by providing them with the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities at no cost to them.

Those who know someone who deserves recognition for their volunteer efforts are asked to consider nominating them for the Good Neighbor Award. The award is sponsored by OBAR’s community partner Steven Gillis State Farm/Rocket Mortgage. For more information on how to nominate a REALTOR® or for more information on the Good Neighbor Award program, contact OBAR at 252-441-4036 or go to