Steve & Dawne Pappas won the 2019 award at this year’s Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award Gala on Sunday, December 15, at the Crystal Ballroom in the Clarion resort. The award recognizes their philanthropic service to the community and it raises funds for several area non-profits.
Dawne & Steve believe in service and leading by example. They have donated their time and resources to support many non-profits, including the American Cancer Society, AGH, Worcester County Humane Society, Feed our Friends – Worcester County, Believe in Tomorrow, Salisbury University, Worcester Public Schools, Indian River School District, Worcester Prep School, OC Rec Dept., Toys for Tots, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Holy Savior Catholic Church, OC Police & Fire Dept, OC Downtown Assoc., OC Development Center, Big Brother, Big Sisters, Worcester G>O>L>D, Diakonia, Worcester Development Center, Lions Club, Ravens Roost 44 and Hogs & Heroes.
The Pappas’ join a distinguished group of previous Glick Community Service Award honorees including: Kimmerly Messick, Reese Cropper III, Buddy Trala, Jack Burbage, Billy & Madelyn Carter, Dr. Lenny Berger, Leighton Moore and the late Hal Glick.
The award and the event were started in 2010 by Temple Bat Yam and 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. 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.
Since its inception, this event has raised over $600,000, which has been distributed to area 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, the Rebecca & Leighton Moore Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit at PRMC and the American Cancer Society.
The 2019 nominating committee included Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, Ocean City Council Secretary Mary Knight, Kari Berger, Rebecca Moore, Tammy Patrick of Atlantic General Hospital, the past honorees and event co-chairs Jeff Thaler and Chris Glick.