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
Each February the club runs the Seaside Boat Show. The club rents the Roland E Powell Convention Center from the City and rents space to over 150 vendors. Over 50 boat dealers and other vendors take advantage of the event. Over 350 boats and all the newest nautical and fishing equipment is in display. Over 85 club members work the show.
The 2019 Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club announced the winners of the Boat Show door prize and scholarship lotto winners.
The boat show door prize, a pontoon boat and motor donated by North Bay Marina for the 30th year, was won by Tom Crudder of Prince Frederick, Maryland.
The scholarship lotto winners were John Hasenei [Berlin] $10,000; George Solyak [Berlin] $2,000 and Jason Willis $1,000. Over $60,000 will be awarded to Worcester County high school seniors in May.
The Club thanks all the vendors and visitors who made the 36th annual boat show a success.
Each year the foundation arm of the club runs a lotto to raise funds for scholarships for Stephen Decatur graduates. Emphasis is placed on need and demonstrated skills during the selection process. The club mails chances to past folks who responded to our fund raiser and sells chances at the boat show. The winners are chosen at the boat show.
2019 Cash Raffle Winners First Place $10,000. John Hasenei, Berlin, Md Second Place $2,000. George Solyak, Ocean Pines, Md Third Place. $1,000. Jason Willis, Middle River, Md
Scholarship Endowment Golf Tournament
Ten years ago the foundation established an endowment account with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Funds are raised to insure scholarships will continue forever. The majority of the funds are raised from an annual golf tournament. Over $80,000 has been raised through the tournament. Interest and donations have exceeded $70,000. The account has produced $5,000 each of the last three years to add to other funds raised for scholarships.
The 2019 Tournament will be held on August 8th! Download your application below.
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.