Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Village Foundation wrapped up another successful year in 2011. We want to thank you, our loyal donors, for helping us build a lasting endowment for our beautiful city.
The Annual Memorial Day Program, chaired by Gary Heldt, was better attended than ever before. The Foundation honored former Mayor Thomas Jelepis and community volunteers, Sandy and Tom Sullivan, who are long time supporters of Bay Village civic projects. Bronze plaques were placed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge in Cahoon Memorial Park. Channel 19 television personality, Jon Loufman was the Master of Ceremony. On that day, and as one village, we gathered to honor all the citizens, living and dead whose names are permanently engraved on bronze plaques.
2011 also brought the exciting 2nd annual Bay Village Heritage Run. It was a huge success chaired by Tim Atkinson. Attendance exceeded expectations. The October, 2012 Heritage Run promises to be even better.
The Foundation supports not-for-profit projects and offers scholarships to graduating seniors. Your generosity has allowed the Foundation to pool resources. As of 2011, approximately $50,000 has been returned to the community in grants and scholarships.
In 2011, grants were given to The Village Food Project, for providing food for cancer stricken families; Bay Interfaith Housing, West Shore Senior Center received two grants for tables and lighting improvements at the Knickerbocker Apartments; The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center received a grant for Bay children’s programs; and, Bay Arts, received the fourth year of five grants for the Village Foundation Welcoming Garden at the Fuller House.
We start our fifteenth year on a high note. The Village Foundation was selected to manage and distribute funds collected by various civic groups and businesses to ensure that the annual traditional fireworks will be offered at Bay Days. This donor- specified fund was set up for the deposit of funds by the community to pay for Bay Fireworks on the Fourth of July. An anonymous donor contributed sufficient funds for the 2012 fireworks. It is hoped that the fund will grow each year for this purpose.
Our Board of Trustees works to promote the cultural, educational and social activities of the not-for-profit groups in the city. With your help we will continue to maintain and enhance the beauty of the city we love, Bay Village.
Thank you for your support.
Eileen B. Vernon, J.D., President
Board of Trustees
Eileen B. Vernon, President
Al Paulus, Vice President
Laura Keck, Treasurer
Elaine Korte, Secretary
Wayne A. Reese, Member at Large
Evelyn R. Allen
Student Trustees Emeritus Trustees Honorary Trustees
Megan Zeidler Keith Ashmus Clinton Keener
Jaimie Kerka Peter Comedeca Richard Mayer
Jason Notarberardino T. Richard Martin Thomas Bechtel
Alex Tober Donald Zwilling
The Village Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Bay Village, Ohio, using the talents and resources of the private citizens and nongovernment funding.
The Village Foundation exists to provide support for projects and programs fostering Bay Village’s historical, cultural, social, and educational heritage. Through The Village Foundation, its citizens and businesses are encouraged to perpetuate the traditions that make Bay Village a special place to live and work.
The Village Foundation
Charter Membership Campaign, January 1, 1998 to December 31, 1999
Keith & Marie Ashmus
Peter, Marilyn, & Peter II Comodeca
The George W. Codington Charitable Foundation
Sonia Coulton Family In Memory of Richard Coulton
The Curtiss Family
Gary & Pam Ebert
Lute & Susan Harmon
The Hasting Family
Jim & Bonnie Hunt
Jim & Peggy Joyce
Dr. & Mrs. Clay Kelly
Dick & Betsy Martin In Memory of John Parker, James Cowles, and Dale Smith
John & Patricia Matyas In Memory of John & Margaret Matyas
Craig & Patricia McAllester
Tim & Mary McManamon
James & Joyce Mraz
John O’Neill, Bradley Bay Health Center
Mr. & Mrs. William Oatey
Capt.& Mrs. Donald Ramsden
Jim & Judy Potter
James & Elizabeth Redinger
Wayne & Jeanne Reese
Peter & Bonnie Rekstis
The Sutherland Family & Friends In Memory of John R. Livingston
Donald & Eileen Vernon
Ian & Barbara Woodburn
Denny & Janice Woods
Don and Denise Zwilling In Memory of Rev. Francis B. Zwilling
What does the Foundation support?
The Village Foundation exists to provide support for projects and programs fostering Bay Village's historical, cultural, and educational heritage. Through the Village Foundation, its present and past citizens and businesses are encouraged to perpetuate the traditions that make Bay Village a special place to live and work.
Can I specify where my donation is used?
Yes. Although we encourage unrestricted donations, if the gift is in excess of $10,000, the principal is maintained but you may designate corresponding interest and/or income to a specific project consistent with the purpose of The Village Foundation.
How is the money distributed?
The trustees of the Foundation will meet quarterly to review grant proposals to distribute funds. Money designated for a specific purpose is directed to that project and unrestricted gifts are used for projects decided upon by the trustees.
Can I make contributions other than money?
Yes. The Village Foundation can accept gifts through wills, life insurance policies, life income trusts, gift annuities, and securities. It is suggested that you consult with your lawyer or tax advisor when making a contribution other than money.
What do I do to make a contribution?
If you would like someone to call you regarding The Village Foundation, please contact The Village Foundation Secretary at (440) 899-3490. He/She will arrange to have a trustee call you to answer your questions.
Who are the Trustees?
The trustees are made up of various civic, political and community leaders who have an interest in Bay Village. The names of all trustees are included in this report.
Who do I call with questions?
If you have questions about The Village Foundation, please call The Village Foundation at (440) 899-3490. President Eileen Vernon or one of the officers will return your call.