Bay Village Foundation makes annual donation request

The first week of December, a letter was mailed to every family in Bay Village asking each household to make a donation in support of the many projects being planned for the village by volunteers that care. This year we are including a color flyer in the letter so readers can see pictures of some of the projects that were funded with the help of The Bay Village Foundation.

Please consider the Foundation in your end-of-year giving as well as in your estate planning. Interest earned on the money is spent wholly in Bay Village for private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit projects. The Bay Village Foundation was founded 1995 and was originally named Bay’s Investment in the Future.

The fund was set up to support two projects: the Play in Bay playground and an addition to the youth center. Later renamed the Village Foundation, and now the Bay Village Foundation, the fund was officially designated as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation in 1996. The board of trustees and a charter group of donors were established in 1997; and in 2015 will successfully complete 20 years of volunteer service to the community.

As a donor you want to know where the money is being spent. Following is a list of some of the projects that have been supported by the contributions to the Bay Village Foundation over the years: Bay Interfaith Housing: the Knickerbocker Apartments garden, benches, and lunch tables; BAYarts: Historical Garden and steps for the caboose on the grounds; the Village Project; Huntington Playhouse: for lighting and new set-building equipment; Lake Erie Nature and Science Center; Fashion Forward: new clothing for needy kids; Scholarships for children with autism spectrum disorders, Village fireworks to light up the night on July 4; City Hall clock repair; Scholarships for Bay High Students and support for the Bay Village waterways clean-ups.

At the $2,500 donation level, a contributor may place an engraved bronze memorial plaque on the T. Richard Martin Memorial Bridge at Cahoon Park. Awardees and scholarship winners are honored every year on Memorial Day. The ceremony takes place after the parade and Veteran Honors program are completed.

The Bay Village Foundation promotes the cultural, educational and social activities of not-for-profit groups to maintain and enhance the beauty of the city we love, Bay Village. See more at To request for an annual report or to ask questions, email:

Eileen Vernon

President of The Bay Village Foundation. Retired lawyer. Resident of Bay for over 30 years.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014