The Brecksville Honor Tree, which graces the north wall of the Gathering Room at the Human Services Center, was an evolving idea of the seven citizen members of the Advisory Board to the Department of Human Services.
One of the members in long standing of the Board was Alexander “Sandy” Milne. Sadly Sandy passed away some years ago.
The Board originally wanted to honor Sandy by planting a tree in the City which was a common practice over the years. Mayor Jerry Hruby however challenged the Board to create a new method of honoring those who have given back to the City. Over time the idea flourished for a metal tree with copious leaves that would hang in The Gathering Room for all to see. Honorees would have their names engraved on a leaf. Leading the discussions were the late Ben Jeremiah, who contributed to the City in a variety of important capacities including chair of the Advisory Board, Larry Potla, former President of Brecksville City Council who continues to be a guiding light and Mayor Jerry Hruby. Mayor Hruby commissioned a local artist to create the tree and “seed” funding was granted by City Council.
The cost of a memorial leaf is $250 and proceeds and donations will be directed to The Brecksville Honor Tree Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The funds will be used to help residents, typically seniors, who have fallen on hard times and need a significant helping hand.
The Department of Human Services and the City of Brecksville are proud to offer this unique way of permanently memorializing residents who have made an impact on the community we call home.
The Honor Tree Committee (Left to Right) Judy Kovacik, Steve Paciorek, Sergio DiGeronimo and Margaret DeWolf