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OSE honors Hometown Heroes

There are multiple ways to support One South Euclid (OSE) this week as we honor our inaugural class of 2021 Hometown Heroes at Mingle at the Mansion, on Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m. The festivities will be held at the Telling Mansion, home of the Museum of American Porcelain Art at 4645 Mayfield Road. While the event is sold out, you can still join us virtually by purchasing tickets for the livestream now at

Auction and Raffle

All One South Euclid supporters can also participate in our online auction and raffle. Bidding and tickets are available now through October 28 until 9 p.m. when the auction/raffle closes. You can bid on some extraordinary experiences including a Cleveland Indians’ VIP package, private art tours of the Museum of American Porcelain Art, as well as the studio of the leading U.S. Hanji (Korean handmade paper) artist, and much more. We also have incredible raffle prizes at just $5/ticket and a 50/50 raffle. You’ll find it all at

All proceeds from the livestream ticket sales and online auction and raffle will help OSE further its mission to promote sustainable economic, social, and cultural connections in South Euclid.

Hometown Heroes

Through their efforts over many years, our Hometown Heroes have made the South Euclid community a better place to live. This year, we will honor Richard A. Barone, Joseph and Marie Frank, Keesha McMillian, and University Suburban Health Center.

Richard A. Barone is a successful entrepreneur who grew up in South Euclid. He founded and built two nationally recognized investment companies and has served on the boards of several charitable organizations in the Cleveland area. He is also founder of the Museum of American Porcelain Art that preserves and displays rare mid- to 20th century porcelain art. He purchased the historic William Telling mansion to house his priceless collection and bring national attention to the city he calls home.

Joseph Frank was a teacher at Memorial Jr. High, then a guidance counselor and later held the same position at Charles F. Brush High School. He was known for supporting students and their parents and was a beloved baseball, softball and football coach. Joe helped create the Eastern Suburban Adolescent Drug Counseling program to help students overcome drug and alcohol addition. The program has impacted hundreds of local children. He was recognized as a Jennings Scholar, which honors outstanding classroom educators, and received special recognition from the South Euclid-Lyndhurst PTA. He is currently President of Lodge #192 of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America.

Marie Frank, Joe’s spouse, was involved in the PTA, led Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops, and supported their four children’s extracurricular activities throughout their time in school. She was integral in the creation of the South Euclid Italian American Club in the 1980s, a club which exists to this day. Like Joe, she was a national officer of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA). She currently holds the position of ISDA's National Vice President and is on the Board of Directors.

Keesha McMillian believes human connections build trust and that every act of giving can leave an imprint on the lives of others. In the last 25 years, she has helped organize block parties, Christmas parties, Kwanzaa celebrations, neighborhood clean-ups, home beautification contests, street-wide yard sales, ice cream socials, flag displays for veterans, and block watches. She has trained others eager to plan their own block parties or watches. She helped bring a summer youth program to South Euclid with Councilperson Ruth Gray that later became a summer camp. In 2020, she created care packages for families suffering through COVID with a grant from One South Euclid.

University Suburban Health Center (USHC) has been giving back to the South Euclid community for nearly 50 years. From supporting the city’s fire and safety forces, public and parochial schools and summer youth programs, Community Partnership on Aging programs to supporting city programs such as the community gardens, the Playground of Possibilities, a temporary ice skating rink, community festivals, parades, donating land and more. USHC was founded in South Euclid in 1973 by Gerald Kent, 30 physician colleagues, and University Hospitals officials. The health center was the first of its kind in offering a full array of outpatient services in one location.

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