Past CVCBA Honored Recipients

Click or tap on the “year, name” below to reveal a short bio of the honoree and the supported charity.
2022, Jan Jones

Jan Jones

Jan Jones has the uncanny ability to wear a huge smile wherever she goes. It is infectious. She brings joy and happiness to everyone she meets. She teaches Sunday School at St Joan of Arc church for pre-K thru 4th grades. She is a regular performer for the Chagrin Valley Little Theater’s annual fund raiser, “Murder by the Falls.” Jan coaches the spirits for the Chagrin Falls Historical Society’s annual “Spirits Alive.” She coaches neighborhood children and produces an annual entertainment review by them, “The Frontyard Players.” She loves working with children and watching them develop.

In 2015 she was honored as Cleveland’s Slovenian Woman of the Year, a heritage she is very proud of. When she sadly lost her husband Shelley she established the “Artz for Hearts Fund” at the Cleveland Clinic in his memory, as well as a heart focused classroom there named in his honor. While life has not always been kind to Jan, she has never let it steal her smile.

Beneficiary of the night was:

WomenSafe

“The Mission of WomenSafe is to provide emergency shelter and support services to survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio.”

Womensafe was founded by a group of community activists determined to ensure that nobody has to live in fear, serving survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio for over 40 years. With the help of inspiring donors and community advocates, they offer free emergency shelter, court advocacy, counseling, art therapy, peer support groups, and employment advocacy among their many services. Their mission is to empower domestic abuse survivors on their journey towards a safe and independent life.

2020, 2021 Postponed due to pandemic
2019, Larry Trace

Larry Trace

Larry Trace was born into a family of Community Builders that have called the Chagrin Valley home. They have been responsible for such events as the building of the Main Street bridge in the center of the village, installing the clock on the Federated Church, and bringing a railroad to Chagrin Falls. So indeed, it was that Larry was born to serve as well and he has blessed our community with his giving and caring ways his entire life.

Larry and his wife Nancy became very active in their two children’s lives. Larry joined the “Music Lovers”, a parent group the helps provide funding for school musical programs, and he attended school band trips. He was also instrumental in getting donations to fund the school concession stand where he assisted band members in selling food and drinks during sporting events. He also became actively involved in the local Boy Scout organization.

He provides sound for the local American Legion, Chagrin Falls schools, Chagrin Arts, the Federated Church, and is a longtime member of the Cemetery board. A pillar and beacon in our community carrying on a family tradition.

Beneficiary of the night was:

Valley Save-A-Pet

Valley Save-A-Pet (VSAP) is a non-profit humane society established to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of all animals. VSAP shall subscribe to the principal that euthanasia will not be practiced unless it is medically indicated.

Valley Save a Pet is in its 47th year of helping and caring for animals in need. It offers such programs as animal rescue and adoption, helping to rehabilitate abandoned dogs and cats and place them in suitable loving and caring foster homes until adoption. It also offers a spay/neuter program at a discounted rate for pet owners who otherwise cannot afford the cost. In addition they offer financial help to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of emergency veterinary care for their animals. Save a Pet indeed.

 

2018, Bob and Jo Royer

Bob and Joann Royer

Bob and Jo Royer have become synonymous with newly designated “First Responders Appreciation Day” in the State of Ohio, to honor our firemen, policemen, and EMTs. But there is another type of first responder. One that defines Bob and Jo Royer. Whenever a call for volunteer help goes out in the Chagrin Valley Bob and Jo are most likely the first to respond. With their infectious smiles and hearty laughs they bring warmth and a touch of class to any event.

They both give time to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Habitat for Humanity, and the Chagrin Falls Historical Society. Jo is also involved in the Village Beautification Committee, while Bob is a member of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Chagrin Falls VFW.

Beneficiary of the night was:

The Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra

The Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, founded and directed by Stephen Eva, is a volunteer driven non-profit musical endeavor that brings studio arrangements, as well as the classics that inspired them, to stages in Northeast Ohio. It is the only known orchestra in the region with a particular focus on these studio arrangements. The Studio Orchestra gives its musicians an opportunity to play these original works- and its audience the same opportunity to hear them played live. With guest musicians and vocalists as well as multimedia presentations it represents a new vision in musical entertainment while nurturing new audiences to the “Live” orchestra experience.

2017, Tom and Jo Neff

Tom and Jo Ann Neff

If you were to look up the Chagrin Valley Little Theater on Wikipedia, you would invariably find a picture of Tom and Jo Ann Neff. It was Tom who went to Columbus and secured the funding from the State of Ohio in the amount of $428,321 to start the renovation of the theater and connect it to the adjoining building which he was instrumental in purchasing and is appropriately called the Neff Building.

Under the Neff’s direction the theater has grown immensely. It is now home to the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, a showcase for the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival, and The Accent on Youth initiative funded by the Ridgecliff Foundation. It was also under their guidance that the theater assumed ownership of the River Street Playhouse. Together they define the essence of giving back to their community.

Beneficiary of the night was:

Chagrin River Watershed Partners

Chagrin River Watershed Partners is a non-profit organization that connects people and communities to care for the Chagrin River and other watersheds in Ohio. Their work enhances quality of life and solves costly flooding, erosion, and water quality problems while preserving and enhancing the scenic and environmental quality of the ecosystem of the Chagrin River, Lake Erie and other Ohio watersheds in a manner which assures a sustainable future for people, plants and animals creating vibrant communities where we hike, bike, bird-watch, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors.

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