Hazels are presented prestigious Salisbury Award

Philanthropists and community volunteers Colleen Hazel and Morgan Hazel are the recipients of this year’s award presented to Salisbury’s top civic participants.

The Salisbury Award is the community’s oldest and most prestigious independent civic award. First given in 1926, the award was established and originally endowed by local businessman G. William Phillips to recognize “service that has been the greatest benefit to the happiness, prosperity, intellectual advancement or moral growth of the community.”

The Hazel Family has generously supported many organizations in the community, including the Chipman Cultural Center, MAC Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Salisbury Zoo, the Richard Hazel Youth Center, Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury YMCA, the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center, the Ward Museum and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

According to the Trustees of The Salisbury Award, the Hazels’ commitment to the betterment of the community continues the legacy of their father, Richard “Dick” Hazel, the 1994 Salisbury Award Honoree, and their grandfather, William Morgan,the 1969 Salisbury Award Honoree.  

This year’s award marks the 67th time The Salisbury Award has been presented to an individual or an organization since its inception. 

Previous honorees also include: James M. Bennett, Avery Hall, Richard Henson, Frank Perdue, Sam Seidel, W. Paul Martin Jr., Virginia Layfield, Mitzi Perdue, Lewis Riley, Pete Cooper, George Whitehead, Tony Sarbanes, Bill Ahtes, Ben’s Red Swings, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Magi Fund, Norman Conway, Col. Robert W. Cook, the Greater Salisbury Committee and the Fruitland Community Center.

In addition to presenting a plaque to memorialize the selection, the award’s trustees will make a donation of $500 to a nonprofit organization chosen by the Hazels. 

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