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Diakonia thanks supporters
On behalf of the Board of Diakonia, we would like to sincerely thank the many community members who supported the seventh annual Diakonia Golf Tournament at the Ocean City Golf Club on July 20. The tournament was a resounding success.
All proceeds will enable Diakonia to continue helping those individuals and families in Worcester County and on the Lower Shore needing emergency shelter, food, clothing and the resources to rebuild their lives.
We wish to especially thank Reese Cropper III for continuing to be title sponsor with IMG, Insurance Management Group. We are grateful to our wonderful tournament sponsors: Esham Family Limited Partnership, Lou Taylor, Seacrets, CrossFit Assateague, and Trond’s Pool Care.
Our tee signs sponsorships were graciously donated by A Little Bit Sheepish, Anthony’s Carry Out, Berlin Auto Wash, Bank of Ocean City, Brasure’s Pest Control, Buxy’s Salty Dog, Chrome World, Cropper Oil Co., Dunes Manor Hotel, Generations Resort Properties, Greene Turtle West, Harborside Bar and Grill, Home Instead, K.B. Coldiron, Inc., Mitchell and Hastings Financial Services, Nelson Nationwide Insurance Agency, Ocean City Fish Company, Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Assoc. (HMRA), Ocean City Parrothead Club Charities, Phillips Seafood Restaurants, PKS Investment Advisors LLC, Sunset Grille, Taylor Bank, The Bonfire, Trader Lee’s Village Store, Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, LLP, and Wayne Phillips, Condominium Realty LTD.
Team sponsorships were generously underwritten by Bank of Ocean City, K.B. Coldiron, Inc., Atlantic/Smith,Cropper & Deeley and Bluewater Golf.
Donations to our Welcome Bag were provided by MAD Engineering, Inc., Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Brenda Burbage, Dr. Bill Greer and Maraina Nieman.
We were overwhelmed with the wonderful donated prizes for our raffle from the following: A Bagel And, Assateague Greens, Atlantic Physical Therapy Health & Fitness, Bay Club, Burley Oak Brewing Co., Captain’s Table, Casino at Ocean Downs, Coaches Corner, D. A. Kozma, Dazzle, DeNovo’s Trattoria, Doyles Restaurant, Dunes Manor Hotel, Eagle’s Landing Golf Course, Georgia House Restaurant, Harborside Bar and Grill, Harmony Wellness Spa, Headlines Salon, Iron Horse Café & Eatery, Kendall Furniture, Layton’s Restaurant, Main Street Deli, Man o’ War Ruark Golf, Nest, Ocean City Golf Club, Ocean Resorts Golf Club, Panera Bread, Phillip’s Seafood Restaurants, Planet Maze/LaserTron, Rayne’s Reef, Rice House, River Run Golf Club, Robin Walters Salon & Spa, Ropewalk Restaurant OC, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Seacrets, Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar, Shark on the Harbor Restaurant, Si Culi Rustic Italian Kitchen, Smoker’s BBQ Pit, Southgate Grill, Taylors Restaurant, The Treasure Chest, Viking Golf, Vinny’s Italian Restaurant, and Waterman’s Restaurant.
Diakonia would like to acknowledge the generosity of artists Kevin Fitzgerald and Patrick Henry for donating original artwork to be used in fundraising to support Diakonia’s mission.
Essential services and amenities were provided by Sherwood of Salisbury, The Irish Penny Pub & Grill, Pickle’s Pub, Coastal Style Magazine, Buddy Sass and the staff at Ocean City Golf Club, Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, D3Corp, GoodCleanFunLife, Dale Smack and Pepsi – we thank you.
We are so grateful to our media partners: Delmarva Media Group, Maryland Coast Dispatch, OC Today, The Courier, the Chambers of Commerce (Ocean City, Berlin, Ocean Pines) and all the other outlets, too numerous to mention, that supported us by posting our flyers and spreading the word about the golf tournament.
And last, but never least, a most grateful thank you to the fantastic committee and volunteers without whom we could never have launched such a successful event: Linda Hess, Marlene Lombardi, Mariana Nieman, Jan Tellman, Kitty Shea, Joan Riddick, Liz Sebastian, Erin Westman, Claudia Nagle, Anna O’Neill, Rita and Buzz Taylor, Bill Jones, Ed Montgomery, Andrea Petersen, Brenda Burbage, Jack Burbage, and Eva Fentress.
Sandy Sribnick and Ann Augustine
Co-Chairs and Board Members
Diakonia, Inc.

Thompson interview was hypocritical

I read with interest Bob Thompson’s article on the front page of the July 14 edition. In discussing the operations of the new yacht club he said, “if you don’t like the decision that was made to get us there you’re going to do your very best … and try to pick at it.” He also says, “I’m real excited about the direction we’re heading with it.”
I opposed the building of a new and bigger yacht club. I argued that the fault was not in the club, but the management and that the “build it and they will come” scenario is better suited to the movie screen. Having expended about $4.75 million for this new building, I want it to succeed and I believe just about everyone, despite their earlier reservations, feels that a successful yacht club that at least breaks even is a valuable asset. The alternative is a case of good money after bad.
The June numbers are now in. The yacht club has lost $5,010 as compared to a $83,239 net profit last year, an over $88,000 swing. This result is the second-worst in the last five years, which include the old yacht club. Towards the end of the GM’s article he says, “The vocal minority … want(s) to take a snippet of information and use that as a narrative.”
 I suggest that Mr. Thompson is guilty of just that transgression. He had to have known the direction of June’s operations by the time this article was written, but instead of stating the facts, chose to criticize the criticism.
Edward Moran
Ocean Pines