A packed house greeted exhibitors Wednesday night at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Welcome Night.
“It was a great opportunity to meet our readers, advertisers and folks who are just getting to know us,” said OCNJDaily’s Ken Wisnefski, who was taking part in the event for the first time.
“The nature of our job puts us into contact with our community every day,” said Wisnefski, who purchased controlling interest in OCNJDaily last year, “but tonight was different. We were able to step away from reporting and building a website, and to greet and thank a community we are grateful to serve.”
Welcome Night, which took place at a new location, the Ocean City Civic Center, was the Chamber’s formal welcome to Ocean City residents and visitors alike in anticipation of the 2017 season. In addition to area businesses, local and county government officials were on hand for the festivities.
The event, free and open to the public, took place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Attendees had the chance to gather information on local organizations, groups, houses of worship, and more importantly to meet the people representing these entities in a relaxed informal setting. There were door prizes, give-aways, and for the kids, an appearance by OC’s own mascot hermit crab, Martin Z. Mollusk.
A clear and brisk night contributed to the success of the event, encouraging locals and visitors to come out and press the flesh.
“It was a great event, we were thrilled to be a part of it and we will definitely be back,” Wisnefski said. “I hope the community members and visitors who were there enjoyed being there as much as we liked meeting and greeting them.”