Ocean City Today

Huge turnout for Glick award dinner

Readers' Forum
Nov 30, 2017



printed 12/01/2017



On Sunday Nov. 12, the greater Ocean City area gathered to honor Reese Cropper III, as he was presented with the 7th annual Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award.

A sell-out crowd turned out to honor Reese in the Crystal Ballroom of the Clarion Fontainebleau Resort for his many years of quiet philanthropy and community service. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event.

Reese is the owner of Insurance Management Group of Ocean City. He serves on the board of directors for Taylor Bank, Worcester Preparatory School, and Diakonia. He previously served as the President of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, which he founded, the Ocean City Pension Board, and the Port of Wardens.

This award, was originally established to honor Hal Glick, an Ocean City business leader, for his vision, character and quiet philanthropy to the community. While Hal was the first recipient in 2010, the award has since been expanded to recognize others who have distinguished themselves for their sustained community service and charitable contributions.

In 2015, Hal lost his courageous struggle with cancer. This award is his legacy to the community. Since its establishment, over $600,000 has been raised for 18 local nonprofits and our community hospitals.

The nonprofits benefitting from this year’s event are: The Rebecca and Leighton Moore Child and Adolescent outpatient unit at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, The Jesse Klump Suicide Prevention Group, Worcester County Youth and Family Services, Atlantic General Hospital, and Temple Bat Yam.  Reese gave a moving speech, in which he highlighted his commitment to raise funds for mental health issues.

Our appreciation to the nominating and coordinating committees, which included community representatives and past award honorees. They were: Mayor Rick Meehan, Council Secretary Mary Knight, Dr. Leonard Berger, Kari Berger, Leighton Moore, Rebecca Moore, Madlyn Carder, Billy Carder, Jack Burbage, Buddy Trala, Buck Mann, Dean Geracimos, Tammy Patrick, Rina Thaler and Steve Cohen.

Special thanks to Dr. Berger and the excellent staff at the Clarion for hosting the event. Thank you to Seacrets owner Leighton Moore for being the emcee of the evening.

Our appreciation to all of the sponsors, advertisers, and attendees for making this the most successful year yet. We are looking forward to next year, and the search for future worthy recipients.

Jeff Thaler and Christine Glick


Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award Committee

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