Foundation to honor 3 Bay residents in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon. The program, now in its 21st year, takes place at Cahoon Park North, under the tent, at approximately 10:30 a.m., immediately following the city’s Memorial Day observance at the Cahoon Park Gazebo.

The Potter family honored Jim with the plaque on his 80th birthday this month, celebrating his tremendous commitment to Bay Village through his involvement in numerous community organizations. Richard Schier, a veteran and resident of Bay, remembered the Bay Village Foundation in his will and is being honored for his service to the country and to the community. Eileen Vernon, charter member and longtime president of the Foundation, is being honored by her colleagues for 21 years of service to the Foundation and to Bay Village.

Friends of the honorees and the public are invited to attend the ceremony. The plaques are installed on the Bay Village Walking Trail Bridge and visitors are invited to view the plaques following the ceremony.

The Bay High Honors String Quintet under the direction of Ms. Carrie Singler will play throughout the ceremony. Tenor Troy Ayers II will sing as the names of each of the 33 memorialized persons are read. And as a special tribute to Bay Village veterans and current members of the military, a playing of taps will conclude the program. 

The Foundation will also announce the names of those local non-profit organizations receiving grants from the Foundation in 2016, and the names of three Bay High seniors receiving scholarships from the Foundation, including the T. Richard Martin Memorial Scholarship; the latter resulting from a perpetual gift made by the Martin family.

The Bay Village Foundation bronze plaque program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens. Donors that contribute to the Foundation at the level of $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life work of a Bay Village resident, living or deceased.

For more information about the Foundation, estate planning opportunities, call 440-899-3490.  Applications for scholarships and guidelines for proposals are available at

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.17.2016