OCEAN CITY- Local businessman, Dr. Leonard Berger of the Clarion Fontainebleau, is known for his keen sense of business, his love of family, a love for Ocean City and a strong philanthropic spirit. Berger’s inherent desire to share his knowledge; to educate others so that they, too, can achieve their potential, drives much of his charitable giving. A long history of supporting strong education includes the donation of a new Science and Technology Wing for the Upper School at Worcester Preparatory School. “When we invest in great education for our kids, we’re actually making a great investment in our own future. When they become adults, these kids will become our leaders; they will be the ones taking care of us. It takes great schools to produce confident, creative and productive citizens.”
The origin of the Berger’s most recent gift in support of local education came in a unique way. Upon his wife’s suggestion, Berger’s invitation to his recent birthday bash included a request card that mentioned “in lieu of gifts”, guests might consider making a donation in Dr. Berger’s name, to the newly formed Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF). Dr. Berger and his wife Kari were delighted to present the WCEF with a check for a little over $9,000 from their guests.
The mission of the WCEF, which was formed in 2014 as an independent 501(c)(3) charity, is to bridge private and community financial resources with the needs of Worcester County Public Schools, in order to provide equal access for every child in the county and prepare them for the future. The foundation’s focus includes a broad spectrum of needs, beginning with the current, costly endeavor to upgrade every school in the county with digital technology. Once the conversion is in place, teachers will have the tools necessary to engage each student, equally. When every student has equal access to digital tools, teachers will also have the ability to quickly evaluate each student and respond to a child’s individual needs (enhancing the ability to “teach to the child”). For more information about the Worcester County Education Foundation and how you or your business can become Champions of Local Education, as Dr. Leonard Berger has generously done, contact 410-632-5076, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.WCED.foundation.
Pictured: Leonard Berger’s Birthday Celebration L to R: Shelby Allen, Dr. Leonard Berger, (wife) Kari Berger