Thanks to everyone for your ongoing participation and support of Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC). Whether your support is through volunteerism or financial, our joint efforts have made the Euclid Creek Watershed a more rich and vibrant community. I especially want to thank all of the sponsors, donors and attendees who supported the Spring Celebration fundraiser. We had a lovely evening for our fundraiser on April 24, 2015, held in the clubhouse at Acacia Reservation. The venue offered a beautiful view of the park, and was the perfect setting for the Spring Celebration.
The event was deliciously catered by Dino’s at Acacia, and we want to thank them and their staff for enabling the evening to run smoothly. Everyone enjoyed the music of Jimmy Maguire. Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle, Inc. gave a terrific talk on the history and revitalization of the University Circle neighborhood.
Exhibitors at the event included the Euclid Creek Watershed Program, Roy Larick of the Bluestone Heights group and Cleveland Metroparks displayed their restoration plans for Acacia Reservation. We want to thank Nolan Beck, a graphic design major at Cleveland Institute of Art who designed the fundraiser invitation and program with a whimsical fish theme. We also want to thank Wendy Mahon, a well-known artist for Parade the Circle, who painted a rain barrel for the live auction. Kim Colich from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District was so excited to be the winning bidder! We also want to thank our local businesses, Fish Furniture and Fantasy Candies.
Barb Holtz, resident Naturalist and Friends of Euclid Creek Board member, closed the evening with a charming story, and through imagination, immersed everyone into the Creek.
And lastly, although the event was a group effort, we want to especially thank Virginia Aveni for her tireless and extraordinary work in shepherding the event from conception to clean-up. It would not have been possible without her knowledge and dedication.
The fundraiser proceeds will support educational outreach and land conservation goals planned for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A special shout-out and thank you go to our Sponsors and Friends:
Acacia Homes Development Company
Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District
Davey Resource Group
First Interstate Properties, Ltd.
Ken & Barbara Messinger Rapport
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Stephen Hovancsek & Associates, Inc.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Wild Birds Unlimited, David Pretnar
Joe Cicero, Mayor of Lyndhurst
Dennis Fiorelli, South Euclid Councilman
Marty Gelfand, South Euclid Councilman
Jane Goodman, South Euclid Councilwoman
Cathy Murphy, Highland Heights Council President
Mike Polensek, Cleveland Councilman
David Roche, Mayor of Richmond Heights
Moe Romeo, South Euclid Councilman
Sunny Simon, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman
Georgine Welo, Mayor of South Euclid
Chagrin River Watershed Partners
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Cuyahoga River Restoration
Good Nature Organic Lawn Care
Greenwood Farms Historical, Cultural & Arts Assn
Lyndhurst Garden Club
Ohio Environmental Council
Richmond Heights Garden Club
Richmond Heights Kiwanis Club
Rocky River Watershed Council
The Nature Conservancy
Debbie Berry, Cleveland Metroparks Commissioner
The Bingham Family
Gary & Theresa Bloom
Earl & Judy Cohen
Mary K. Evans
Richard & Fran Hogg
Barb & Dave Holtz
Dale & Pamela Inkley
John & Pat Nash
Ron & Mary Ober
Ed & Jan Rybka
Frank & Mary Beth Skala
Don & Marilyn Wilson
Blog Author: Christi Carlson, President, Friends of Euclid Creek