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OP Chamber awards, installation, Oct. 15

(Oct. 1, 2015) The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual awards and installation banquet to be held from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.
This year, the chamber will honor Business of the Year Ayers Creek Adventures, Citizens of the Year Bob and Kelli Beck and Nonprofit of the Year Diakonia Inc.
Executive Director Ginger Fleming said the banquet is an opportunity to gather the membership under one roof and to reflect on the past year.
Fleming said Ayers Creek will be recognized because the business gives back to the community through various charity events. “Paddle for a Purpose” has raised money for nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity Worcester County, Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Lower Shore Trust, Women Supporting Women and Worcester County Youth and Family Counseling Services, she said.
Recently, Ayers Creek’s “Pink Kayak Raffle” sold $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win an Emotion’s Custer 10 Kayak, with proceeds benefiting Women Supporting Women and Komen Maryland.
Opened in 2010, the business also rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboards, and offers tours, team-building exercises and youth programs.
This year’s “Citizens of the Year” own Denovo’s Trattoria in Ocean Pines.
“Bob and Kelli play a vital role in the Ocean Pines Community as well as the surrounding areas,” Fleming said. “They continue to give generously back to the community and have helped out several local charities, including Kiwanis Club, Worcester County Veterans Memorial, the Alzheimer’s Association, Atlantic General Hospital and many more.”
Diakonia, based in West Ocean City, is well known for supporting local families.
“Not only has Diakonia been providing shelter, food, clothing to the Lower Shore for more than 40 years, but they also provide many resources to individuals and families to help get them back on their feet and rebuild their lives with dignity and respect,” Fleming said.
“The services that they offer are funded through support, whether it be individuals, local organizations or the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore as well as local and state governments. Diakonia also has a strong staff and committed volunteers and depend on them to operate successfully,” Fleming added.
Tickets for the banquet are $55, available at the chamber office on 11031 Cathell Road, and include a sit-down dinner. The chamber will also sell $5 raffle tickets for a $500 drawing during the event.
“I want our guests to take away from the banquet a sense of community,” Fleming said. “It’s a wonderful way for all our chamber members to meet, network, and celebrate one other’s successes.”
Up next, the chamber will host a business after hours at Brew’s Up in Berlin from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 12, and at the Skye Bar in Ocean City from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 10.
Fleming said the chamber is also returning its poplar Power Hour Breakfast events, which are held on the fourth Thursday of each month, and is working with Maryland Capital Enterprise Inc., the Women’s Business Center and the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce to host regular Strong Women In Business Luncheons on the fourth Thursday of each month.
On Oct. 29, the chamber will host Del. Mary Beth Carozza (R- 38C) at the Ocean Resorts Golf Club from noon to 1:15 p.m.
For more information, call 410-641-5306 or visit