Christmas arrived early for David Dekle, founder of the Original Oyster House restaurants and Cecilia Mace, marketing director, Original Oyster House restaurants, when they were presented the 2018 Gardberg Awards by Shearie Archer, executive director of Ozanam Pharmacy. The award recognizes members of the community who support Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy’s mission of providing medication to the poor and uninsured. The award was named after Jonathan Gardberg, an attorney who exemplified the spirit of the pharmacy’s namesake Frederick Ozanam. Like Ozanam, the founder of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Gardberg strongly supported the sick and disabled.

Dekle and Mace joined past notable Gardberg recipients including Most Reverend Thomas Rodi Archbishop of Mobile Archdiocese, Marilyn King, Director of Catholic Social Services, Susan Wallace, Catholic Charities to name a few.

“Jesus said, I come not to be served but to serve. Ozanam Pharmacy does just that,” said Dekle accepting the 2018 Gardberg. “You guys do so much for the community and live service. You are not looking for accolades. You are humble. Thank God for you.”

In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy served 1679 patients and provided over 31,100 prescriptions totaling over 2.8 million dollars in retail value. For more information on Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy please visit

The Original Oyster House has become the “must-go-to” place for great fresh Gulf seafood, service and southern hospitality and for its panoramic waterfront sunsets. A top-spot for hand-shucked and fire-grilled oysters, the Original Oyster House has also become legendary for its homemade gumbo, cheese grits with blackened shrimp, as well as handcrafted desserts including its famous Peanut Butter Pie. Patrons, employees and children are welcomed as family. Known as an employer of choice, the Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, the Original Oyster House’s mission is to exceed customer’s expectation.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Hwy 59 on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 35+ years. For more information about the Original Oyster House, visit

Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy Board of Directors with Gardberg award recipient Cecilia Mace

Pictured with members of the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy Board of Directors are from left Gardberg recipient Cecilia Mace, Sister Marilyn Graf, RSM, Gardberg recipient David Dekle, Martha Allegri and Sherry Coker.

Gardberg Trophies