Project, Citizen of the Year honored at Play in Bay reopening

Pictured, from left: Community Council treasurer Therese Koomar, president Tara Wendell and vice president Jessica Breslin; Play in Bay founding committee member Jim Potter; Mayor Paul Koomar; and Bay Village Foundation board vice president Rich Veres.    

The Play in Bay playground renovation project came to an official close on May 13 with a grand reopening celebration. The Bay Village Foundation effort, which raised $100,000 in contributions large and small from more than 350 donors, was designated as the 2017 Project of the Year by the Bay Village Community Council.

A special ceremony during the celebration, emceed by Foundation board president Al Paulus and Community Council vice president Jessica Breslin, honored the project as well as Evelyn Allen, the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Evelyn was recognized for her 40 years of volunteerism with many organizations in the community.

Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar and County Councilmember Nan Baker presented proclamations and State Rep. Dave Greenspan offered commendations to the honorees.

The celebration drew hundreds to the playground for an afternoon of face painting, balloon animals, hot dogs and ice cream.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.16.2017