Betty O’Neill-Roderick

The Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center was the scene of the 13th annual Clambake Sunday evening. John Debo, director of development for Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Dave Telfer of Trails Forever welcomed 350 guests to the event, which was chaired by Dianne Squire and raised funds for scholarships at the center.

At the November Lodge, guests had cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and Nick Henry served clam chowder. Sue and Dave Puffer, Nancy Nebenzahl, Gail Smith, John and Bonnie Childs and George Snyder enjoyed music provided by Hey Mavis. Interns Rudy Armocida and Julia Kokaavec strolled through the crowd attired in 1835 dress, and Carrie Cooper and Susan Fritsch sold raffle tickets.

Interns provided information about the center’s programs. Kate Lowry invited everyone to view the Hoop House where students learn about soil depletion and sustainable gardening. Nick Roope and Desirae Kierner showed how students take samples to test water quality in lakes and rivers. Dale Versteegen said interns assist with school programs, summer camps, teacher workshops, conferences and family events.

Just outside a huge white tent, chefs from A Taste of Excellence prepared lobsters and clams. Cheryl Schreier, acting superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, said she has enjoyed being at the park, but looks forward to returning to her post at Mount Rushmore later this year.

Lisa Meranti, director of volunteers, greeted volunteer Steve Metzler and his wife, Sonja, as they dined with Jennie and Dave Vasarhelyi, Phil and Jane Eckert and Katrina Haas. Peter and Cindy Buerling enjoyed dinner with his father, Siegfried Buerling, and Nora Snider, Susan Kinnamon, Richey and Sandra Smith, Tom and Mary Ann Devany, Erinn and Kevin Stark, Jean Preston, Les Duryea and John and Betty Dalton.

Deb Yandala, CEO for the Conservancy, thanked guests for supporting the center, where 40 percent of the schoolchildren are on scholarship. She introduced special guests retired Congressman Ralph Regula and his wife, Mary, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Bob Hale conducted the live auction where Dianne Squire had the winning bid for a getaway at the Holimont Ski Resort; Ed and Jennifer Kuchar won a barbecue at Libby and Ed Upton’s Valentine Farm Barn; Trish and Bill Steere and friends will dine at the Stone Cottage at Hines Hill; Steve and Sonja Metzler got a “behind the scenes” tour of the national park; and Mindy Badovich and Liz Remmel won a ski trip to Aspen.