$10,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Students by Friends of Bellevue
It was a beautiful Sunday for a ride on BB Riverboats as the Friends of Bellevue hosted their annual Scholarship Fund Luncheon.
The day was significant as the four scholarships handed out more than doubled in value this year. Last year, scholarship recipients received $1,000 and this year each was given $2,500. Friends of Bellevue President Cathi Ege explained that the organization benefited from generous funders this year.
State Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) presented the scholarships to Bellevue seniors Tommy Berkemeier, Abby Buckler, Mary Groneck, and Jordan Smith.
Charlie Cleves of Cleves & Lonneman Jewelers gave the keynote speech. "What makes Bellevue so great is all of the volunteering," he said. Cleves talked about how businesses along Fairfield Avenue volunteered their time to create the thriving business district that is there today. "That's volunteering that has a reward at the end. There is no reward for (Friends of Bellevue) other than pride in the city. Volunteering and taking pride in all the aspects of your city, that's what makes it the great place that Bellevue is today."
Lunch was served on the Belle of Cincinnati as the talented Nate Bishop Quintet entertained with jazzy numbers, a silent auction was conducted near the paddle wheel, and Dayton City Councilman Joe Neary served as master of ceremonies.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher