Annual BVF Memorial Day Ceremony
Bay Village Foundation ceremony bestows grants, scholarships and plaques
The Bay Village Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Bay Village, held its annual Memorial Day program in a tent by the T. Richard Martin walking trail in Cahoon Memorial Park under sunny skies. The program was led by board president Richard Veres and masters of ceremony Beth and Fred McLeod.
Each year the Foundation awards grants to groups and organizations that benefit the citizens of Bay Village who apply for assistance.
Board member Dave Tadych presented this year’s grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to the following organizations: Bay Village Community Theater, Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars, Destination Bay, BAYarts, Bay Village Green Team, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Youth Challenge, Family Haven, Knickerbocker Senior Center, and the Carolyn Farrell Foundation.
The Bay Village Foundation also awards annual scholarships to one or more Bay High School seniors. This year the winner of the $2,000 T. Richard and Betsy Martin Scholarship was Halle Koury. In addition, two $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Mary Harkness and Ben Noren. They were presented by board Vice President Mindy Stroh.
Bronze plaques honoring or memorializing friends and loved ones can be purchased and placed on the bridge of the walking trail. This year the Foundation added four new plaques. The new names placed on the bridge are Gary Ebert, Robert and Nancy Fleming, Marjorie and Frank Heldt, and Barb and Ian Woodburn. Family members were on hand to share in the event. A tribute was made to all those appearing on plaques and the deceased veterans were honored by board member Mike Romanchek. M
embers of the BHS Honors String Quartet – Megan Evans, Abby Cho, Christina Randazzo and Emily Boggess – provided music for the event. Vocalist Natalie Surdy sang a lovely solo. And at the end of the service taps were played by trumpeters Lily Musil and Mason Hewko.