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Lake Erie College Founder's Day Breakfast


On Saturday, January 7th, we drove to Lake Erie College in Painesville to attend the city's annual Founder's Day breakfast which was organized by the Downtown Painesville Organization of which Margaret W. Wong and Associates is a shareholder contributor.

Our friend Mr. David Polakowski facilitated the program and we heard from outgoing and incoming board presidents Ms. Karen McLeod and Ms. Elizabeth Connor about the successes of 2016 and hopes for the future. We were impressed to learn that in 2016 the efforts of the Downtown Painesville Organization brought 15,000 people to downtown Painesville and generated $150,000.00 worth of business.

The highlight of the morning was a one-person show in which Mr. Alan Bomar Jones (a distinguished actor who traveled all the way from Dayton to Painesville in highly questionable weather along with his assistant Mr. Tyler Boyd) portrayed both Lewis and Milton Clarke, two brothers who were slaves in the pre-civil war era.

During the course of his performance, Mr. Jones interacted beautifully with his audience and we came away with a glimpse of what it was like to live in captivity.

The show was especially relevant to Painesville residents because it depicted how one of the brothers managed to escape his captors and make it to the free state of Ohio only to be apprehended in this vicinity. 

Fortunately, however, the residents of Lake County rallied behind him and, in the end, he remained a free man.

This reminded us of more modern times such as last year when the citizens of Madison (in Lake County also) joined forces to assist Mr. Marcos Hernandez, an undocumented man facing deportation.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC

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