The club donates funds to support the following:
After Prom parties at four high schools
Reading, behavior, and other programs at three local elementary schools
Programs at middle and intermediate schools
The OC/Berlin Optimist Youth Foundation is sponsoring a 50/50 cash raffle to earn funds to support the OC/Berlin Scholarship Fund. (50% to Scholarship Fund; 50% to cash prizes)
The Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to local high school students. With your support over the past 30 years we have awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarships to local students.
We will be awarding three cash prizes at the 2023 Seaside Boat Show. A minimum of $7,500 will be awarded in cash prizes. In 2022 we were able to award $10,000 in prizes. All taxes are paid by the cash prize winners.
First Prize 50% of the total contributions, less $1,250 paid to the second and third prize winners. Second Prize $750 Third Prize $500
The OC/Berlin Optimist Club are the sponsors of the 40th Annual Seaside Boat Show.
Ticket Costs 1 ticket $20.00 3 tickets $50.00 10 tickets $100.00
The cash prize winners will be selected at 5pm on the last day of the 40th Annual Seaside Boat Show, February 19th. You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified on February 20th and the names will be placed on this website. Please contact George Solyak at (717) 723-6507 if you would like to purchase tickets in advance of the Seaside Boat Show. Tickets will be on sale during the show on the 2nd floor of the Convention Center.
Scholarship Endowment Golf Tournament
In 2001 the Optimist Club Foundation established an Endowment account with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Funds are raised for the award of scholarships to Stephen Decatur High School. Over $95,000 has been raised through the annual Golf tournament in the past 13 years.
The 2023 Tournament will be held on Wednesday, August 30th at the Ocean City Golf Club. An updated application form will be posted shortly. If you have interest in attending with event please contact Charles Smith at (410) 641-6746, or Christopher Short at (401) 703-3999.
Foundation Endowment Supporters 2022/2023:
Diamond Sponsor: Elks Lodge 2645
Silver Sponsors: American Legion Post 166 Park Place Jewelers Rich Caproni
Bronze Sponsors: Elk’s Lodge 2645 Golfers OC Grand Prix Leisure Time Associates Baja Amusements Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy and Almand, PA Bonfire Bayside Skillet Adkins Company Mitchell & Hastings Financial Services Bank of OC  Seatime Interval Owners Harborside Claudia Nichols Insurance DePalma Dental First Shore Federal S&L Lew Frey Burbage Funeral Home
In Memory of Richard Caproni by the Capronis In Memory of Micheal and Barbara Hannan by the Capronis In Memory of Richard Dalton by Larry Campbell In Memory of Jo Smith by Charles Smith  In Honor of Foundation Founders, Jim Flaig, Jack Hyle & Charles Smith by Larry Campbell In Memory of Carol Dorman and Jack Middleton by the Dormans
Foundation Endowment Donors 2022/2023:
Golf Courses: Seaside Newport Bay Ocean Resorts Rum Pointe Lighthouse Sound Man’O War Ocean Pines
Other Donors: Action Island Imprinters Buddy Sass Racetrack Auto Ayers Creek Adventures Charles Smith Food Lion Southside Deli Stuart’s Antiques Lombardi’s Rayne’s Reef
Optimist Donors and Volunteers: Jim Flaig Larry Campbell Charles Smith Jodi Popipolaski Lew Frey Rich Caproni Jim Welsch Anita Welsch Bill Hickey Charlie Dorman Bill Brown Melva Dorman Don Fentress Roger Pacella Harry Haag Judy Haag Cindy Malament
Please see our Galley to print the Registration Application.
Convention Center Assistance
Optimist members provide ticket takers and ushers for the Performing Arts Center at the convention center. Each hour worked is credited to the rent for the boat show. Over $30,000 has been realized in rent reduction to support the major club fund raiser.
The Ocean Pines Children’s Theater is grateful to the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club for their donation in support of the production of Disney’s Frozen JR musical performed on Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15. The cast of 16 youth kept the audience of 805 adults and children spellbound during the two performances.
Berlin Christmas Parade
The Ocean City Berlin Optimist Club participated in the Berlin Christmas parade this December. Pictured are members of the Snow Hill Marching Band with the Clubs float. The Float displays the Pontoon Boat that will be gifted during the 40th Annual Seaside Boat Show this February.
At the parade last night -