Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dick Peery, a retired Plain Dealer Newspaper journalist, former longtime president of the writer's Guild union at the Plain Dealer, former Call and Post Newspaper reporter and current community activist, is among honorees at Fairfax Business Association affair on Saturday, December 7, at 6 pm at Fairfax Place in Cleveland, keynote speaker is Woodmere Mayor Charles E. Smith, also read much of this article in this week's print edition of the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black press, Call and Post to cover event

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Retired Plain Dealer reporter Richard Peery, also a former reporter for the Call and Post Newspaper, is among eight attendees that will receive community service awards on Saturday, Dec 7 at the annual community affair of the Fairfax Business Association (FBA). The event will be held at Fairfax Place in Cleveland, 9014 Cedar Avenue. Tickets are $50. For more information contact Betty Mahone at 216-926-8003.

Since retiring Peery, who was also a longtime president of the writer's Guild union at the Plain Dealer, has continued his activism in the community, rallying with community activists and others around violence against women issues in  greater Cleveland, a stand your ground bill in the Ohio State General Assembly, and police brutality.

Woodmere Mayor Charles E. Smith

The keynote speaker is Charles E. Smith, the mayor of Woodmere Village in Ohio.

Other award recipients include Wesley Toles, Jackie Sutton, Shirley Thompson, Tim Willis, Leona Wilson, Linda Green, and Paul Clark.

"It will be marvelous and is our academy awards for the Fairfax neighborhood," said Betty Mahone, secretary for the FBA and owner and operator of the Chateau Mansion lounge and restaurant in East Cleveland.
Fairfax Business Association honorees pose during the organization's 16th Annual Black Tie Affair held in 2012 at Fairfax Place in Cleveland.  From left  are Attorney James Gay, Our Lady of Peace Church Pastor Gary Chmura, Brenda Hubbard Tolbert, 19 Action News  Anchorman and Reporter Harry Boomer, and William Earl Morris. (Photo by Jeff Ivey)

Last year's award recipients (pictured above) were  Attorney James Gay, Our Lady of Peace Church Pastor Gary Chmura, Brenda Hubbard Tolbert, 19 Action News Anchor and  Reporter Harry Boomer, and William Earl Morris. Boomer was also the featured speaker at the event last year.

Peery and Toles will both receive the William Seawright Award at Saturday night's banquet, the highest honor the organization bestows on people.

The late William Seawright was an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the Fairfax community who owned real estate and who believed that Black businesses were the cornerstone of the Black community. He often gave money and other resources to small business owners to help them survive, and he supported the East Technical High School basketball team, among other community venues.

"I have long had respect for Mr. Peery," said Mary Seawright , the surviving spouse of William Seawright who owns and operates Seawright Enterprises in Cleveland.

"Dick Peery is an outstanding gentleman and was a supreme journalist," Mary Seawright said. "We appreciate that we can honor him and others that have given back to the community, the Black community in particular."

Led by Greg Roberts, the FBA is a resource and networking organization designed to enhance Black businesses in the Fairfax community.

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