Community members honor business owners, charitable groups and professionals
(Oct. 4, 2019) Filet mignon, a bluesy trumpet and rainbow-colored awards highlighted last Thursday’s Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Awards, held in the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom on 101st Street.
This year’s award winners are:
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Pam and Macky Stansell of Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill
• Business Person of the Year – Michael James of the Carousel Hotel Group
• Citizen of the Year – Dawne Pappas of the Original Greene Turtle and the American Cancer Society
• Young Professional of the Year – Chrissy Maddy of BB&T
• Non-profit of the Year – Worcester County G.O.L.D
• First Responder of the Year – six members of the Ben Paepcke Rescue Team, Ocean City Beach Patrol
The chamber created the first responder award this year after six members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol saved the life of 19-year-old Benjamin Paepcke who suffered neck and spinal cord injuries after he dove into the shallow ocean water on July 4.
“These surf rescue technicians are heroes, and I’ll repeat that again, they are heroes,” said Chris Hall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Peninsula Regional Health System.
The crowd gave three of the six surf rescue technicians who attended – RJ Hayman, Joanna Kulp and Jay Banks – a standing ovation as they walked to the stage to receive the first responder award.
“This whole experience has been humbling for myself, and my crew,” Hayman said.
Another standing ovation awaited the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Stansells.
“This prestigious award recognizes an individual, or a team, for a lifetime of consistent community leadership and philanthropic endeavors that have made a lasting impact on this community,” said Laura Deeley Bren, president of Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance.
Pam Stansell told the crowd how 50 years ago she decided to get a summer job in Ocean City, but then never left the resort. She made Ocean City her home, and then met Macky.
“Mack really is the catalyst of all of our philanthropic work,” she said. “I want to thank you all for thinking of us.”
“This is just an amazing town,” Macky Stansell said. “The number of people here that we have who are so involved in our community, it speaks volumes about this town.”
He went on to thank his wife of 39 years and his business partners, who he credited for making his charitable efforts possible.
He then read a quote from “The Prophet,” by Khalil Gibran:
“Then said a rich man, ‘Speak to us of giving,’ and he answered, ‘You give but little when you give up your possessions. It is when you give up yourself that you truly give.’”
“I’m going to leave it at that,” he said. “That says it all, and that’s what this community is all about. Everyone here in this room tonight gives themselves first and foremost of all. Thank you very much for everything.”