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Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Announces 2022 The Best of Us Award Recipients

Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Announces 2022 The Best of Us Award Recipients
Ocean Pines, MD. October 4, 2022.  The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their 2022 “The Best of Us” Award Recipients.  Please help us celebrate their humanitarianism, chamber advocacy, and  economic and tourism contributions to our community.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – JDog Junk Removal and Hauling (Carol Vaillancourt, Owner)

JDog Junk Removal and Hauling is a team of Veterans and Military family members offering junk removal and hauling services for homes and businesses in Ocean City, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. They proudly add to the sustainability of our community by donating and recycling 60% to 80% of the items they haul. Carol currently serves in the Delaware Army National Guard holding the rank of Major as the Operations Officer for the 721st Troop Command.

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Kim Shanahan (owner of Gifts Fulfilled)

Kim Shanahan started Gifts Fulfilled with the mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities. She became passionate about this cause when she was pregnant with her last child. Having many months to think about the "what ifs" one "what if" she knew she could directly impact was job creation for disabled people.  Kim is proud to say that Gifts Fulfilled has been a "first job" for more than half their staff. Taking over twenty years of gift industry experience she adapted the processes for creating gift baskets and care packages into systems that could work for a variety of people.  Her goal is to continue to grow the business to create jobs that empower more individuals to pursue the goals of opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency.

NON PROFIT OF THE YEAR – Beach to Bay Heritage Area (Lisa Challenger, Executive Director)
The Beach to Bay Heritage Area promotes, preserves and protects the cultural heritage, historical linkages and natural assets of Maryland’s lower eastern shore. Their vision is to unify, elevate and celebrate the collective stories of the lower shore’s heritage. Through a variety of partnerships with individual citizens, organizations and public agencies, the heritage area works to blend economic development at the local level with the conservation of the area’s natural, cultural, and historic resources in a regional approach that better serves all counties and municipalities.


Jordan exemplifies the phrase “emerging leader.” Taking over our Young Professionals of the Pines this past year, Jordan is a strong chamber and community advocate, a great networker, organizer, and encourager.  As the Business Development Director at Hawkins Electric Service, Inc., he truly loves and knows his business.  Through Hawkins, he actively seeks local avenues where they can install and provide education on electric car charging stations, residentially as well as commercially on top of identifying opportunities for community service and advocacy.   He serves as our Young Professionals of the Pines Chair and provides wonderful guidance and opportunities for our newest members. 

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Donna Frankowski

Donna is an avid networker, Ocean Pines advocate, pickleball maniac, one of our area's highest-ranked realtors, and a lovely ball of smiles! Usually accompanied by her beloved pup, Tucker, Donna brings so much positive attention to our community and loves sharing her experiences as a resident and business professional.  She has recently begun a thoughtful and highly educated (she's a former teacher) campaign to counteract rising drug addiction in our children. 

Awards will be presented during the November 3, 2022 “Do-Si-Do at the Downs” Awards Banquet at Ocean Downs Casino.  The Learner’s Lab Foundation and Competency Group are the Cocktail Hour sponsors.  Travelista Travels has donated a trip to be raffled off to event attendees, a lovely stay at Barcelo Gran Faro Los Cabos in gorgeous San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.  Banquet tickets are $75 per person and sponsorships are available. Learn more at 
The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit corporation comprised of area businesses organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper.


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