(Dec. 7, 2018) Ocean City resident Kim Messick will be presented the eighth Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award in the Crystal Ballroom of the Clarion hotel on 101st Street, Sunday, Dec. 16.
Event co-chair Jeff Thaler and committee members Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, Ocean City Council Secretary Mary Knight, Kari Berger, Rebecca Moore and Tammy Patrick of Atlantic General Hospital, as well as former award winners, chose Messick as the 2018 recipient.
“She has always been a giving person,” Thaler said. “She always cares about others and she’s a doer – if you need something done, she’ll do it.”
Messick joins seven other honorees of the award – 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 the late Hal Glick of Moore, Warfield and Glick.
“It was truly an honor because there’s so many deserving couples and individuals in this town that deserve it,” Messick said. “It’s going to be a fun night.”
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.
Messick will receive an award designed by artist Gary Rosenthal, a resident of Montgomery County, and a large donation which will go to charities and organizations of her choice.
“A portion will go to Atlantic General Hospital, PRMC in the behavioral health [department] in Salisbury, and I have a four-year scholarship that I started. Every four years someone gets a full ride,” she said.
She currently serves on the board of directors of Farmer’s Bank of Willards and the board of directors of the PRMC Foundation. The scholarship is available to residents of Worcester and Wicomico counties.
The award and event was created in 2010 by Temple Bat Yam in Berlin and a group of local business leaders to honor Hal Glick.
“Hal was a very philanthropic guy,” Thaler said.
In 2015, Glick succumbed to cancer and this award is both a legacy to him and a way to honor others for their community service.
“This event shows who the recipients are to the community, and recognizes their services to the community,” Thaler said.
Last year, 400 people attended the sold-out event.
“It’s the go-to event of the season,” Thaler said.
The gala includes a cocktail hour which starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the presentation of the award. Public officials and special guests will also speak during the event. Following the award, the gala will move into the Clarion’s Ocean Club, where live music and a cash bar will be set up.
Since its inception, the gala has raised over $600,000, which has been distributed to local 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.
Tickets will be available until Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets cost $125 per person, and $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are available in the gold package for $2,500 and platinum for $5,000. To reserve a ticket, table, or sponsorship, call 410-641-4311.