2020 Annual Celebration
Every year, the foundation hosts its annual Celebration Event, a night of recognition for all that our teachers, administrators, and community do to help support education in East Aurora. This annual event serves as the foundation’s primary annual fundraiser, and is our opportunity to recognize all of the individuals and businesses which have contributed to foundation efforts over the past year. The event is hallmarked by the prestigious James Ford Commitment to Education Award. Due to Covid-19, this year’s annual Celebration Event was held virtually via Facebook Live and honored recently retired Director of Technology, Rich Clements. It was less a fundraiser and more a celebration of community and a commitment to education.
It was in that spirit that a proclamation was presented to Superintendent Brian Russ which recognized the efforts of the school district and the East Aurora community. Through their partnership, the students of East Aurora continued to receive a quality education while dealing with the challenges posed by the pandemic.
2020 Annual Celebration
James Ford Commitment to
Created in memory of one of the founding fathers of the foundation, Dr. James Ford, this prestigious award is presented annually to the person, organization, or group who best exemplifies the following qualities exhibited by Dr. Ford:
- Commitment to the betterment of education in East Aurora
- Persistent dedication to the cause
- Creative and original thinking
- Involvement in community life
In a community full of selfless individuals committed to the betterment of their community, the Commitment to Education Award is one way the foundation highlights the contributions of those who have dedicated their life to education, and the service of others.
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To submit a nomination for James Ford Commitment to Education Award, send letters outlining nominee’s qualities to:
East Aurora Educational Foundation
430 Main Street
East Aurora NY, 14052
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 award was presented to Rich Clements at the East Aurora High School before a very small, select audience. The presentation may be viewed on the foundation’s Facebook page.
2019 – Kimberly McAtee
2018 – Peg Fletcher
2017 – Tom Kegler
2016 – Christopher Cummins
2015 – Kim Crowley-Browne
2014 – Alison Hyde
2013 – Dr. James Hoagland, Jr.
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Event
Due to Covid-19 the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony has been postponed until we can be assured of our guests’ safety. Nominations are always welcomed.
Like the administration of the Keller Memorial Scholarship, the foundation acts in partnership with the school district on the East Aurora Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Each year, the East Aurora school district recognizes up to five (5) nominees.
Eligibility for nomination and selection may include any or all of the following criteria:
- Excellence in his/her chosen field
- Outstanding service to his/her community (local, regional or national level)
- Contributions to humanity (local, regional or national level)
Commemorative plaques are presented to each honoree and displayed at East Aurora High School. Inductees are invited to be guests of honor at a special assembly to speak to high school students.
The selection committee and nomination process are managed by the foundation. Nominations remain in consideration for two years. Candidates will be notified in the fall that they will be receiving the award at the induction ceremony and assembly to be held the following spring.
- Anyone may submit a nomination.
- Nominees must have graduated from East Aurora High School at least ten years prior to their nomination.
- Nominations may be submitted for posthumous awards.
- Those currently seeking election to a political office cannot be considered.
- Nominations must be submitted on the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination Form and may include additional supporting information and materials. Additional materials will not be returned.
- Nominations may be submitted at any time.
2019 inductees pictured left to right: Alexander Persons (great grandson of inductee Richard S. Persons), Rob Shanahan, Dr. Tim O’Connell, Lee Woodruff, Dr. Rhonda Cornum