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Congratulations to all of tonight’s award winners! The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the recipients of the Chamber’s 2013 Citizen of the Year and Business Beautification Awards.  These awards will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner Thursday, November 14th at The Ocean City Yacht Club.

This year, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Drew Fasy, Broker of Record and owner of NJ Realty, and Pastor Brian Roberts, Senior Pastor at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.  Following Super Storm Sandy, Fasy and Roberts took the helm as co-chairs of the newly formed OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Ocean City, New Jersey Cleanup and Recovery Efforts) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  The organization is a collaboration between Ocean City community organizations, the city and the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. Fasy and Roberts helped organize and mobilize hundreds of volunteers and organizations to aid in the clean-up efforts by providing information, volunteers and requesting donations for the storm victims.  Thousands of local residents were helped through the organization under their leadership.

The Business Renovation/Improvement Award will be presented to Moorlyn Family Theatre and Sharp Cleaners. Broadley’s MDI and NJ Realty will be awarded the Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award. Sun Seekers will receive the Business New Construction Award. The Outstanding New Business Award will be presented to Bangles and Bows along with Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery. This year’s Outstanding Civic, Community, Non-Profit Organization Award will be presented to OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Effort).The Outstanding Service to the Community will be presented to the City of Ocean City, Ocean City Fire Department, and Ocean City Police Department. OC Paddleboard will be awarded for Outstanding Use of Technology for their website and use of social media. The Environmentally Friendly Award will be presented to Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge. Additionally, a special award will be presented to Ocean City Fishing Club for celebrating 100 years, The Flander’s Hotel for celebrating 90 years, Ocean City Historical Museum for celebrating 50 years,and Dr. Richard Stanislaw for his service.