Ocean City Chamber Announces Annual Award Winners

OCEAN CITY — The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce announced this week its annual award winners for 2015.

These recipients represent the best in the area, according to chamber officials. Submissions are made in each category through July 31, which is followed by a review by a chamber selection committee made up of two current Chamber Board members, two past Chamber Presidents and two Special Events Committee members.

The chamber wishes to thank those who sent in a submission, as always it was a very difficult decision with so many deserving individuals. All awards have been sponsored by a local chamber business. The sponsors are thanked for their dedication to the chamber and for their continued support.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award will be Dr. Leonard Berger, owner of the Clarion Fontainebleau. The award is sponsored by Comcast Spotlight.

The 2015 Business Person of The Year award will be received by Steve Green, editor and publisher of  The Dispatch. The award is sponsored by D3Corp

The 2015 Citizen of The Year award will be presented to Al “Hondo” Handy of the Town of Ocean City. The award is sponsored by the Atlantic General Hospital.

The 2015 Young Professional of The Year award will be presented to Matt James of the Carousel Hotel Group. The award is sponsored by Ocean City Today and Bayside Gazette.

The 2015 Non-Profit of The Year will go to the Ocean City Development Corporation. The award is sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, LLC.

The 2015 Volunteer of The Year award will go to Jeff McArthur of the Seasonal Workforce Committee. The award is sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The public is invited to attend on Sept. 15 at the Clarion Fontainebleau for the Annual Chamber Awards Celebration to pay homage to these deserving individuals.

Tickets are $85 per person and include two complimentary cocktail hour beverages, hors d’oeuvres, wine service at table, Filet Mignon and Stuffed Shrimp, grilled asparagus, twice baked potato, delectable desserts and a formal photo.

Entertainment will be provided by Everett Spells

Sponsor tables are available for $1,000 (table of 10) and include all of the above plus signage on the table, recognition in program and on the sponsor display. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office at, by email lisa@oceancity.org or call 410-213-0144, ext. 104