Former Bay Village Mayor Henry Reese and his wife Helen were honored at the annual Bronze Plaque Memorial Ceremony hosted by The Bay Village Foundation on Memorial Day.
Henry Reese was Mayor of Bay Village from 1970-1978. The former Shell Oil executive and his wife, Helen, were active in Bay council for many years. Their sons, Wayne and Robert and their families, honored their memory with the dedication.
The program, now in its 20th year, takes place at Cahoon Park North, under the tent following the Memorial Day observance at the Gazebo. The Reese plaque is the 30th plaque to be added to the Bay Village Walking Trail Wall of Fame and visitors are invited to view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge
The Bay High Honors String Quartet under the direction of Ms. Carrie Singler, played; and, tenor, Troy Ayers II sang Nessun Dorma and Time to Say Goodbye as the names of each person are read and are remembered every year.
The Foundation also announced and presented checks to the winners of the annual Bay Village Foundation Grants during the program. Three scholarships were awarded to Bay Students including the T. Richard Martin Memorial Scholarship; the latter is the income from a perpetual grant contributed by the Martin Family. Bay High senior Katie Koomar was presented the T. Richard Martin Memorial Scholarship. Other scholarship awardees were Katherine Kerka and Jessica Mosier.
For nearly twenty years, The Bay Village Foundation has been creating a beautiful place to remember your loved ones. The Village Foundation bronze plaque program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens in one central place. Donors that contribute at the level of $2500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life work of Bay Village residents living or dead.
For more information about The Village Foundation estate planning, the grant application process or contributions towards a plaque please call 440- 899-3490 or visit www.thebayvillagefoundation.org