May Dugan Center 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

On November 30th, one of the tallest trees in Ohio City lit up the corner of Bridge Avenue and Randall as hundreds of our neighbors and supporters helped us celebrate our 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The evening was filled with the holiday spirit thanks to joyous performances from the Urban Community School Choir and our very own Rhythm and Roots Senior Music Group. We would like to recognize and thank our Planning Committee, Staff and Volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to make this year’s event such a great success, including all of you who joined us afterwards at JukeBox for the post Tree Lighting Event.

Check out the photos from this year’s event on May Dugan Center’s Facebook Page!

Last but not least, we would like to recognize and give a special thanks to our Sponsors for their support of our Center and Mission, including TED THEOPHYLACTOS of Ted & Co. Real Estate, Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office who was our Grand Marshall this year and did us the incredible honor of lighting the tree.

Interested in how you or your company can be a part of this wonderful Ohio City Tradition in 2018? We have plenty of sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available! Please contact Patty Kaplan, Development Associate, at 216-631-5800 ext. 125 for more information.










The May Dugan Center proudly hosted our fourth annual Irish Roots Fest – A Celebration of the May Dugan Center to honor the legacy and tradition of the namesake of our agency, the real May Dugan on June 23rd at Music Box Supper Club! The evening was filled with food, fun, and live music all for a great cause thanks to an AWESOME performance from THE 80’S ALTERNATIVE, one of Cleveland’s favorite 80’s cover bands.  Don’t forget to check out May Dugan Center’s Facebook Page for photos from the event and LIVE VIDEO from the band.

We would like to recognize and thank our Board of Directors, Planning Committee Members, Staff and Volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to make this year’s event such a great success, including all of our wonderful raffle prize, silent auction and wine pull donors.

Last but not least, we would like to give a special thanks to all our Friends and Neighbors that helped us celebrate this year as well as our Sponsors for their support of our Center and Mission, without them this event could not have happened!



Q & A: Rick Kemm

Executive Director Rick Kemm of The May Dugan Center in Ohio City - Photo © Bob Perkoski,


Rick Kemm is the kind of guy you might spend an hour chatting and laughing with before you realize where the time went. But amid anecdotes and smiles, the executive director of the May Dugan Center is sure to convey the community’s needs and why he’s the one capable of catalyzing change. Decades ago when he became a manager at the American Red Cross in Cleveland, an area resident confronted Kemm, angry that he had been chosen for the job as opposed to a Puerto Rican. Kemm didn’t back down.

Continue reading the full article at Fresh Water Cleveland 

2014 Neighborhood Tree Lighting Ceremony

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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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