OCEAN CITY — The nominating committee of the Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award announced that Buddy Trala has been named the 2016 honoree.
Trala will be recognized and presented the award at this year’s Glick Award Gala, which is scheduled for Sunday night, Oct. 23 at the Clarion Resort. The award recognizes his philanthropic service to the community.
Trala is well known in Ocean City for his restaurant Sunset Grille in West Ocean City that he opened in 2004. He has previously been awarded the Hero by the Sea award by Believe in Tomorrow, and Restaurateur of the Year award.
Trala joins a distinguished group of previous Glick Community Service award honorees including Jack Burbage of Bluewater Development, Billy and Madelyn Carder of BJ’s, Dr Lenny Berger of the Clarion Resort, Leighton Moore of Seacrets and Hal Glick, formerly of Moore, Warfield and Glick. The award and event were started in 2010 by a group of local business leaders.
Originally developed to honor Glick for his vision and quiet philanthropy, it has been expanded to recognize others for their contributions to the Eastern Shore Communities.
Since its inception, this event has raised close to $400,000, which has been distributed to area organizations including Atlantic General Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the Worcester County Humane Society, Diakonia, the Art League of Ocean City, the American Cancer Society and Temple Bat Yam.
The 2016 nominating committee included Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, Ocean City Council Secretary Mary Knight, Buck Mann of Mann Properties, Reese Cropper III of Insurance Management Group, Tammy Patrick of Atlantic General Hospital, the former honorees and event co-chairs Jeff Thaler and Warren Rosenfeld.
For information on sponsorships, purchasing tables or buying seats for the Glick Gala, call 410-641-4311. The gala is open to the general public. Last year over 400 people attended the sell-out event.