2019 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.  This year’s annual Celebration Event was held on September 26th, 2019 at Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora NY, and honored Kimberly McAtee.

2019 Annual Celebration

James Ford Commitment to
Education Award

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.

Help support the East Aurora Educational Foundation by making a donation, or purchasing a Celebration Event ticket today!

To submit a nomination for the 2020 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

The 2019 award was presented at the 2019 Celebration Event on September 26 at Crag Burn Golf Club.

Past recipients:

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

    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.

    Nomination Guidelines: 

    • 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 are due October 30th.

    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

    East Aurora Educational Foundation
    430 Main Street, East Aurora, NY 14052
    The East Aurora Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization.