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Lake Erie College to honor local leaders with Distinguished Citizen of the Western Reserve Award

As Lake Erie College celebrates 150 years of education in the Western Reserve, the College wanted to recognize others who are achieving success and making an impact locally. Margaret Clark Morgan, Jack Slattery and John “Jack” Turben are being honored as “Distinguished Citizens of the Western Reserve” at an event to be held at the Kirtland Country Club May 24 starting at 6 p.m.
To be considered as a candidate for this honor, individuals must exemplify the three areas of importance to Lake Erie College; tradition, excellence and service. They must work or reside in the Western Reserve, make a notable contribution to the community or region in the areas of service, philanthropy, business, education arts or healthcare, and uphold high moral standards.
“We believe that these three individuals epitomize the words tradition, excellence and service in their respective areas of interest,” said Michael T. Victor, president of Lake Erie College. “With introducing this new honor, we hope to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of indviduals who make a lasting impact on the Western Reserve,” he added.
Morgan, the founder of The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is a longtime Hudson resident and active community leader. Since 2001, Morgan and her private, grant-making foundation have primarily focused their support in the mental health field, with secondary interest in the education and arts and culture fields. The Foundation works proactively to research and fund projects of particular interest to its mission and has provided funds for special projects, operations, endowment and capital campaigns. Morgan has also been a member of the Women’s Club of Hudson and the Hudson Heritage Association and previously served as a board member and a supporter of Blossom Music Center.
President of Lake Business Products and Concord resident, Slattery is committed to supporting Lake County businesses and organizations. Founded in 1960, Lake Business Products now employs about 210 associates, 75-80% of whom are Lake County residents. A one-man endeavor that started in his home, Lake Business Products now operates out of a 106,000-square-foot facility in Eastlake and serves clients across the region and state.
Turben, mayor of Kirtland Hills, founded Chagrin Valley Company, Ltd., Kirtland Capital Partner's predecessor firm, in 1977. From 1968 to 1974, he served as chairman of the executive committee and vice chairman of the board of Prescott, Ball & Turben, an investment banking firm headquartered in Cleveland. Prior to founding Chagrin Valley, Turben was chairman of the executive committee and a director of the Geneve Corp., a private equity firm founded to make control investments in middle-market manufacturing and service companies. Additionally, Turben serves as a member of the board of trustees and is the former president of the board of University School. He is also the director of various organizations such as the Fund for Our Economic Future and Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET).
Those interested in recognizing these three outstanding individuals for their contributions to the Western Reserve should contact Missy Yates at 440.375.7250 or Tickets are $200 per person which includes a $35 tax deductible donation towards scholarships for Lake Erie College students. A reception begins at 6p.m. with dinner following at 7:15 p.m. The evening will conclude with the presentation of awards at 8 p.m.
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