(Dec. 21, 2018) Kimmerly Messick was honored to accept the 2018 Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award in the Crystal Ballroom of the Clarion hotel on 101st Street, Sunday.
Messick joins seven other award recipients – Reese Cropper III of Insurance Management Group, Buddy Trala of Sunset Grille, Jack Burbage of Bluewater Development, Billy and Madelyn Carder of BJ’s on the Water, Dr. Lenny Berger of the Clarion Resort hotel, Leighton Moore of Seacrets, and Hal Glick, formerly of Moore, Warfield and Glick.
“I’m truly honored to receive this award. I’d like to thank everyone for the most beautiful evening possible,” Messick said. “Thank you ... to the Gala committee, for continuing to offer this award.”
Messick has been active in several local charities and organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Peninsula Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, Wellness Community of Delmarva, and the Worcester County Humane Society.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Farmer’s Bank of Willards and the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation.
Several speakers praised Messick for her accomplishments, including Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and the former recipients of the award.
“You have to love and respect Kim for her can-do attitude,” Meehan said. “I’ve never heard Kim say there was something she couldn’t do. That’s just a tremendous attribute for someone to have.”
The Distinguished Service Award and gala was created in 2010 by Temple Bat Yam in Berlin and a group of local business leaders to honor Hal Glick, formerly of Moore, Warfield and Glick. He passed away in 2015.
“We know Hal’s spirit is here with us tonight and he’d be proud of Kim for everything she has done and accomplished,” event co-Chair Jeff Thaler said.
Messick received an award designed by artist Gary Rosenthal, a resident of Montgomery County. Last year’s recipient, Reese Cropper, presented Messick with her award.
“I’d like to encourage each one of you to become and continue to be a part of this community,” Messick said. “It’s a wealth of love that will embrace you, a hundred-fold.”
The money raised through the gala was donated to local nonprofits of Messick’s choice: The Rebecca and Leighton Moore Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit at PRMC; Temple Bat Yam; Atlantic General for an expansion of emergency department and outpatient services and the John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center and the Salisbury University Kimmerly Messick Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is available to residents of Worcester and Wicomico counties.
Since the gala’s inception eight years ago, over $700,000 has been raised for local nonprofit organizations, including Atlantic General Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the Worcester County Humane Society, Worcester County Youth & Family Services, Diakonia, the Art League of Ocean City, Temple Bat Yam, The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness Fund and The Rebecca & Leighton Moore Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit at PRMC.