EUCLID – The 10th Annual Bob Kermavner Scholarship Raffle will be held Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club at 29717 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe. There will be at least $10,000 in prizes for the Chinese auction, including a four-pack of Park Hoppers to Disney World and the adjacent parks.
About 225 to 250 guests are expected so anyone who has not already purchased a ticket should do so quickly as they are expecting to sell out again this year.
As of this year, the Foundation will have awarded over $56,000 in scholarships to students dedicated to community service. The 2017 recipients are Lucus Thomeier of Wickliffe School District, and Jack Kindle and Francis Collins of the Willoughby-Eastlake School District. Each of the three recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship to a college of their choice.
Tickets are $55 each and include dinner, open bar, music and dancing along with one chance at a main board prize. The grand prize will be $1,500. Side boards and Chinese auction also available.
Since 2008 the Bob Kermavner Foundation has awarded over $50,000 to local high school students. The scholarship foundation will include three recipients for 2017. Three $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students this year. The scholarship is primarily based on students who have exemplified a commitment to community service and plan on continuing their education after high school.
Bob was born Feb. 3, 1944 in Cleveland. He grew up in Euclid before moving to Willowick, where he made his residence from 1967 until his untimely death in 2007. His contributions to the community were countless as he volunteered on the Willowick Police Auxiliary, Willowick Jaycees (in which he served as president of the city chapter and regional director for the Ohio Jaycees) and Willowick Football Association including position of president. In addition, he was a member of the Willowick Exhausted Roosters, the Willowick Invitational, YASCO, Indian Guides and North High School Boosters & Band Boosters. He was a 1964 graduate of Euclid High School and a member of the reunion committee.
He was instrumental in the fundraising and purchase of the first Willowick Fire Department Ambulance and AED (automatic external defibrillator). Bob was also known to be one of Santa’s helpers - each year visiting area residences, retirement and nursing homes. He was employed in electrical construction and maintenance with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company for 27 years, retiring in 1993.
Following his retirement from CEI, he worked in the testing and research labs at BP Oil Company and at Breckenridge Village in Willoughby. Sadly his life ended too short as he passed away on March 16, 2007 ending his courageous fight against cancer.