Our annual Unity Days promises to be jam packed this year! Staying on the same weekend as last year, we can bring you all the great entertainment earlier in the year! Come enjoy our event starting on Friday June 23rd. Come back on Saturday June 24th. You won't want to miss the last day of our event or our parade on Sunday June 25th.
Hailing from New York, from a place that produced coaching legends Vince Lombardi and Joe Paterno, and being known as a riverboat gambler, Sam Rutigliano, former coach of the Cleveland Browns, will forever be remembered by fans for his gutsy call in the "Red Right 88" game played by the Kardiac Kids. However, Coach Sam, who chose to stay in Cleveland because "this is where he wants to live', has seen a lot of during a lifetime of coaching across the world, beginning in the high school ranks in New York and Connecticut, and spanning all the way to NFL Europe. Even with the vast coaching resume, Clevelanders will most remember his relationship with Brian Sipe and those Kardiac Kids, and overseeing his greatest accomplishment, the Inner Circle - an anonymous group to help players with substance abuse issues. While his overall record with the Browns was 47-50, he was one of only four Cleveland Browns coaches to win the NFL Coach of the Year award, once in 1979 & again in 1980.
2017 Citizens of the Year
David and Cecilia Paponetti
Accomplishments come from all angles and from all walks of life, Some are in the fore front, while others remain planted in the background, recognition not being the motivating factor. Sometimes the result is enough. Sometimes, when the timing is right, your community has a family that is a perfect blend of both. The City of Mayfield Heights is honored to have that perfect blend, the Paponetti's.
Dave and Cecelia have been residents of this community for 50 plus years, and due to their accomplishments have made our community one that has prospered and grown. The Paponetti's began volunteering on the Oakville Park Committee, which ran from 1994 to 1999, transforming the Oakville Park property into what you see today; a beautiful play area and still blossoming park.
From 2001 to 2013 Cecelia was an integral part of the Parks and Recreation Commission. She helped raise the bar on holiday parties, fund raising, and donation soliciting - gathering over 150 prizes per year as part of the Unity Days Prize Committee. She created the Taste of Italy fund raising dinner, an event that she cooked and baked for, an event that is still going strong today. While currently not on the committee, she still helps with bakery items for the event, and does so with perfect precision that would rival any professional. With all her help and monies raised through her efforts, we have seen our parks go to the next level.
Like every good spouse, Dave has always been in lock step with Cecelia, and while not an actual commissioin member, our events would not have ran as well as they did without his precision craftsmanship and cooking acumen. Dave also has been behind the scenes making sure that the parade during Unity Days goes off without a hitch, acting as one of the Parade Marshals for years.
In addition to all the exceptional additions to the City of Mayfield Heights, the Paponetti's also helped the students of Mayfield enjoy prom festivities by being a part of the After Prom Committee; building set, creating fun and ensuring patrons were safe and having fun.
Like all accomplishments, those that made them come to fruition often go unnoticed. In the Paponetti's case, with all they have done, it would be an impossible task.