Schools to fete three people at annual banquet

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- The 14th annual Friends of the Schools banquet, which will honor three individuals, will take place a little earlier this year.

It will be Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg. The Aurora Schools Foundation's honorees will be Connie Nemeth, Ed Jasany and John Wells.

Gary Brookhart will be master of ceremonies and entertainment will be provided by Aurora High School performing arts students. Cost to attend the banquet is $60 per person.

Here are brief backgrounds about the three honorees:

CONNIE NEMETH

Nemeth and her husband David moved to Aurora in 1992 and have reared three children -- one a graduate of AHS, one who attends the high school and one who is in middle school.

She began her volunteer career at Aurora Co-op Preschool, serving on its board, and has been involved with Aurora's Elementary and Harmon-High School PTOs since 1997.

Some of her fondest memories are painting murals at Craddock, room mom duties and working to establish the Leighton gardens. She has been president of the Harmon-AHS PTO for four years.

She also has volunteered with the Aurora United Soccer program, and has spent much time coordinating volunteers to work the concession stand at AHS games. She has been the program's registrar since 2007.

She also has been active in helping plan homecoming, the Spring Fling dance and after-prom events. She is the fundraiser chairwoman for the after-prom committee.

Since 2010 she has helped with soliciting businesses to donate food for the weekly football team dinners.

ED JASANY

Jasany grew up in Maple Heights, then after graduating from high school worked for Gillmore Security Systems for 31 years. installing and selling home and business security systems.

He now is the building maintenance person for the King Nut Co. in Solon.

He married his wife Carlene (Candy) in 1978, and they were married for 33 years before she lost a battle with multiple sclerosis in September 2011.

The couple had two children, Joshua and Janessa, who graduated from AHS. Janessa and her husband Gene have three children, while Joshua shares his life with Erin and her 6-year-old son.

Jasany spent more than 11 years with the Aurora All-Sports Boosters running the concession stand, and was given a lifetime booster membership. For many years, he made cakes for booster award nights.

JOHN WELLS

Wells grew up in Columbus, and met his wife Connie while at Capital University, where he was a member of many clubs, was a resident assistant and a four-year member of the Crusader football team.

The family, which includes five children, moved to Aurora in 1997. Wells was a founding member of the Aurora Youth Football Association and served as its president until 2011. He continues to coach with longtime colleagues Phil Quinn and Jake McVay.

Wells also was an Aurora Baseball League board member and coach, and served on the city's parks and recreation committee for two years.

Along with Jim Korosec, he started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle at AHS in 2007 and serves as volunteer leader. He also served seven years on the All-Sports Boosters board, including the last five as president, and was football team statistician from 2007-12.

Along with George Balog, he established the Greenmen Pride group in 2008 to raise funds for new facilities at AHS, including installation of artificial turf at Veterans Stadium. The group also helped to provide new lighting for the AHS auditorium.

The Wells family attends Hope Community Church in Hudson, and John was director of the its Sports Plus program for several years. Her's a longtime board member of Team JAM, a Christian sports ministry group and a board member of the Ohio Buckeye chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Wells is the president and CEO of ABA Insurance Services, and in his spare time enjoys reading American history, exercising, watching movies with his family and attending sports events.

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