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The very Irish history of Cleveland’s west side philanthropy



Charleen Reynolds-Cuffari can make anybody understand the kind of woman her grandmother was before uttering a word. Asked to describe the late May Dugan’s personality, the Kamm’s Corners resident narrows her eyes and raises a tightly clenched fist, forcing you to catch her drift. “I had the tough grandmother,” Reynolds-Cuffari says. “She ruled with an iron fist.” May’s parents, James and Annie, instilled that toughness in their children after emigrating from Ireland in 1883 and settling in Cleveland after stops in Quebec and Detroit. May had three brothers, and at least two other siblings who died during infancy.

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2014 Neighborhood Tree Lighting Ceremony

The May Dugan Center 
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony was held on Thursday December 4th! Students from the Urban Community School performed Christmas Carols for nearly 400 of our near west side neighbors! Those in attendance were also treated to a special performance by cheerleaders from the Breakout Charter School!

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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, one of the biggest trees in Ohio City once again serves as a beacon of hope for the holidays! 

We would like to thank all of our 2014 sponsors!

Featured  Sponsors: Cargill Salt Co. and Forest City Enterprises & GIE Media

Supporting Sponsors: Julie Rehm & Bruce Szabo,  Voss Aerospace Industries

Helping Hand Sponsors: Ginny Petrie, Rick Weigle & Key Bank, American Tank & Fabricating Co., Tucker Ellis LLP, and The Alpha Group

Good Neighbor Sponsors: Donald P. Kazmaier, Tracey & Jerry Bradnan, Rick A. Kemm, Jeff & Ashley Neuman, Frantz Ward LLP, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Dollar Bank, Ohio City, Inc, and OE Connection.

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2013 Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Rick Kemm, welcomed more than 50 individual supporters, donors, elected officials and community members to the 2013 meeting. The Honorable Judge Kathleen Keough swore in one new board member, Jasmin Santana, and reappointed three Members, Derrick English, Jr., Matthew Kosarko and Rick Weigle. Out-going Board President, Dr. Julie Rehm, introduced Patrick Reynolds as our newly elected president.

We were honored to have ADAMHS Board CEO, Bill Denihan, give this year’s remarks. His impassioned speech centered on the recent heroin epidemic and proposed cuts to community mental health/case management providers.

Following Mr. Denihan, The MDC Committee Chairs reported on the successes of each department. Four individuals received this year’s “Piece of the Rock” Award for their outstanding commitment and dedication to the May Dugan Center. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Joseph Barna, SIOR; Thomas Stickney, Esq.; Councilman Brian Cummins; and Sue Marasco, Ph.D. In addition, Bruce Smith, Sue Nerlinger and Julius Nuriddin were awarded with our community service awards.The meeting concluded and attendees were treated to a delicious meal provided by Bruno’s Ristorante.

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